LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid and Northern Adirondack boys soccer teams put on an offensive show Tuesday, and the Blue Bombers came out on top 6-5 at the North Elba Show Grounds field.
The host Blue Bombers owned a 3-1 edge at halftime, but the Bobcats clawed back to eventually tie the contest at 5-5. Dylan Aldridge then sent home the game-winner for Lake Placid with just 1:40 remaining in the contest.
The game featured a matchup between two Northern Soccer League Division II rivals. The Blue Bombers got a big day from senior Hunter Wilson, who netted three goals, including two in less than a four-minute span late in the opening half. Aldridge scored twice for Lake Placid and Ryan Meyer found the back of the net once in the win.
Lake Placid senior Hunter Wilson attempts to split Northern Adirondack defenders, including Justin Kellett (4), during the first half of Tuesday’s match in Lake Placid. Wilson scored three times in the Blue Bombers’ 6-5 win.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Jared Nichols, Alden Kerr, Justin Kellett, Ryan Manion and Nolan Ferguson each notched single tallies for NAC.
"Two sectional rivals showed finishing class in a competitive game in Lake Placid," said Blue Bombers head coach Stuart Hemsley. "There were no bad goals, just too many for coaches' defenses to concede."
The teams traded goals to start the contest, with Meyer scoring off an assist from Eddie Kane to put Lake Placid on the board first at the 7:05 mark. Nichols then deadlocked the score at one 1-1 when he beat Lake Placid goalie Chris Kordziel 11:10 into the match. Wilson then came up big, taking a through ball from Haile Thompson and scoring from in close at the 25:20 mark after he walked in all alone on Bobcats keeper Danny Burger.
Wilson then sent Lake Placid into halftime with a 3-1 edge with his second tally, which came with just over 11 minutes remaining in the first stanza.
The second half was an offensive explosion that saw the Bobcats hold the upper hand before eventually falling.
Kerr tallied 2:15 into the half to cut Lake Placid's lead to 3-2, and the squads traded the next four goals. Aldridge netted the Blue Bombers fourth at the 8:20 mark to push the hosts lead back to two goals, and Kellett answered for the 'Cats at the 16:35 mark. Wilson completed his hat trick at the 23:55 mark to make it a 5-3 score, and Manion found the back of the net for NAC at the 26:30 mark to make it a one-goal game again.
Ferguson then finished off a four-way passing play when he scored at the 28:20 mark to deadlock the match at 5-5.
Aldrigde sealed the win for Lake Placid, netting an unassisted marker with time winding down that put the Blue Bombers back on top 6-5.
With the win, the Blue Bombers completed a two-game regular-season sweep over NAC, the defending Section VII, Class C champions. Lake Placid improved to 8-4 and solidified its top position in the NSL, Division standings.
"Both teams were finishing, and they could have scored more," Hemsley said. "People were taking chances and defenders were not defending properly.
NAC held a 22-17 edge in shots. Kordziel made 15 saves in goal for the winners, while Burger stopped five shots in nets for the Bobcats.
In addition to netting a goal, Meyer chipped in a pair of assists for Lake Placid. Nzoni Thompson earned a fourth assist for the Blue Bombers. Colby Garrand, Nichols and Kellett each had single assists for the Bobcats.
"For us, this was another step in the right direction attacking, but defensively, it was a step back," Hemsley added. "It was a great game for spectators to watch, but I can't say the same for the coaches."