GOUVERNEUR - The OFA and Canton Boys Soccer teams enjoyed shutout wins on Friday in NAC Central Division play to set the stage for a first place showdown on Tuesday at OFAs Kennedy School.
The Devils (10-1-2, 8-0-2 (18 points) handled host Gouverneur 5-0 while Canton (10-2-1, 8-1-1 17 points) knocked off visiting Salmon River 4-0. Potsdam edged Malone 3-2 in the other NAC Central Division match-up.
OFA 5, Gouverneur 0: At Gouverneur, the Devils used a superlative passing effort to generate five first half goals.
We had three very tough days of practice and the guys came out and really moved the ball, said OFA coach Matt Morley.
We had three goals today that had two assists which is really something. Our ball movement was excellent and we are looking to keep it up for our game against Canton.
Conor Hannan opened the scoring tucking home at shot off a pretty passing sequence from Nathan Peo and Peyton Lalone in the fifth minute. Four minutes later, Lalone buried a shot from the right wing off a Matt Piercey pass.
Piercey made it 3-0 in the 22nd minute completing a sequence which featured a throw-in by Seth Pinkerton and a header by Peo. Dillon Binion scored the next two goals. On the first he converted with a header on a setup which included a corner kick by Hannan and a headball pass by Piercey. On the second he scored off a pass from Piercey who finished with one goal and three assists in the contest.
Jake Sias stopped four shots for his seventh shutout of the season and Seth Carr made 14 saves for Gouverneur.
In OFA JV Soccer action, the Devils lost 2-1 to Madrid-Waddington.Conor Ward scored from Josiah Fifield in the 69th minute for the Devils who received eight saves from Justyn McCormick in net.
According to Coach Jim Howard Nolan Rishe was strong on the front line for OFA while Matt Ramm and Alex Sias led the midfielders and Lance Ladouceur and Austin Lalonde anchored the defense.
Canton 4, Salmon River 0: The host Bears took a 3-0 halftime lead against the Shamrocks (4-9, 3-7).
Josh Huaitt scored from Francesco Palumbo, Palumbo connected from Kegan Sovay and Matt Mende converted from Jake Oatman in the first half. Cody Moore scored unassisted in the second half for the Bears who received six saves from Scott Wight and great defensive play from Evan LaPoint, Kegan Sovay, Ryan Caldwell, and Shawn Rodee and excellent midfield work from Mende and Tanner Sanderson according to Coach Matt Caufield.
The Bears have allowed just four goals in 13 games. Zach Smith made 15 saves for Salmon River.
Potsdam 3, Malone 2: At Malone, Potsdam continues its vast second half improvement climbing to 9-5, 6-4 in NAC Central. The Stoners took a 2-1 halftime lead and made it 3-1 before the Huskies (8-5-1, 6-4-1 NAC Central) cut the deficit on a goal from Daniel Badgley.
The Huskies opened scoring when Isai Paredones scored from Kody Mulverhill, Ebuka Ononye answered from Jake Mitchell and again from Ian Vitek in the 27th and 34th for a 2-1 Potsdam lead.
Vitek connected from Dan Stone in the 54th for a 3-1 lead before Malone answered in the 67th on a goal from Badgley.
Ashler Herrick made eight saves for Potsdam and Austin LaMay collected four saves for Malone.