SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake girls soccer team opened the season with a loss Thursday, falling 2-0 at home to the Beekmantown Eagles.
Beekmantown scored a goal late in each half in a match that saw the visitors control the majority of play and hold a 16-3 edge in shots. Senior Jessica Huber led the Eagles with a goal and an assist, Kallie Villemaire scored once and Stephanie Clooky chipped in an assist.
As a leader on Beekmantown's quick front line, Huber put Beekmantown on the board with 1:38 remaining in the first half when she one-timed a shot on a corner kick past Saranac Lake goalkeeper Regan Kieffer, who sparkled in goal in a losing effort.
Saranac Lake junior goalkeeper Regan Kieffer dives to tip the ball off the foot of Beekmantown’s Bailey Waterbury during Thursday’s game at Schroeter’s Field in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Despite their struggles generating any real threat on offense, the Red Storm stayed within striking distance until Villemaire booted home an insurance goal for Beekmantown with 1:07 remaining in the game to make the score 2-0. Villemaire, who is just a freshman, was set up on the play by Huber.
Senior Chelsea LaFountain accounted for two of Saranac Lake's three shots in the contest, with one coming in each half.
Although her team suffered a setback in the first game of the schedule, Saranac Lake coach Sam Betters was happy with the Red Storm's effort.
"We played a fast team today," Betters said. "It was a good eye-opener for us. Beekmantown capitalized on a set play for their first goal, and they had a lot of set plays. We played a good tough team, but our kids never quit. I'm pleased with our effort. I think our girls are getting some confidence on the field."
"Our defense was definitely strong, and we are fast up front," said Beekmantown assistant coach Tiffany Williams. "This was a nice win to start off the season."
Kieffer made 14 saves in goal for the Red Storm. Carlee Cassey stopped three shots to earn the win in goal for Beekmantown.
Saranac Lake next plays Saturday on the road against Plattsburgh starting at 11 a.m. Beekmantown returns to Northern Soccer League action on the road today against rival Peru.
Beekmantown 2, Saranac Lake 0
|1. B, Huber (Clooky), 38:22.|
|2. B, Villemair (Huber), 38:53.|
|Shots: Beekmantown 16, Saranac Lake 3|
|Saves: B, Cassey 3; SL, Kieffer 14.|