TUPPER LAKE - The Tupper Lake girls soccer team prevailed with a 2-1 win over St. Lawrence on Thursday.
Lauren Bouck led the Lumberjacks with two goals. She kicked one with her left foot in the first half and one with her right in the second half.
"This is as healthy as she's been," Lumberjacks coach Russ Bartlett said. "That's what I envisioned our offense being: Get speed out of the wings. You put the ball in the middle. Anything that comes out, she can clean up on goal."
Tupper Lake’s Lizzie Zurek takes a shot on goal during the first half of Thursday’s game against St. Lawrence.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
The first goal came with five minutes and 34 seconds left in the first half. The ball came off what Bouck called "a bad touch" from the other team. Seeing the ball in the middle of the field, Bouck ran up and booted it with her left foot.
"I just saw the opportunity and took it," she said.
Bouck got some lift on the kick and the ball floated through the air over goalie Haleigh Agans, who had taken a few steps forward prior to the kick. As the ball went over Agans, she ran back and got her hands on the ball, but couldn't gain control and it fell into the net.
That put Tupper Lake ahead 1-0.
Bouck's second goal came with 33:31 left in the second half, giving the Lumberjacks a 2-0 advantage.
As the second half progressed, St. Lawrence attempted to mount a comeback behind the play of Lindsay Thayer. Thayer netted the team's only goal about eight minutes after Bach's second goal, but the Larries couldn't score again and were held in check by the Lumberjacks' defense.
Goalie Brooke Dewyea played a strong game for the Lumberjacks, picking up 14 saves. None was more crucial than when she dived to her left to stop a shot by Thayer late in the first half when the game was still scoreless.
"That was huge," Bartlett said. "That was a game-changer. If they go ahead 1-0, then we start to press. That was phenomenal."
Agans also played well in net, tallying 16 saves.
Many of the Larries best offensive opportunities came in the first half when the Lumberjacks struggled.
"I thought our second half was by far the better of the two halves," Bartlett said. "The first we didn't really do anything. We didn't put anything together. It was hard to make our offense work. We were having trouble stringing two passes together."
Larries coach Christine Compo-Martin thought her team played well overall.
"I think we outshot them. We outplayed them," she said. "We just need to finish, and I think the girls played their hearts out. I think they played very well. Somebody had to win today. It just wasn't our day."
The win marked the second time Tupper Lake has beaten St. Lawerence this season, and they'll likely have the opportunity to play one more time in the playoffs. The squads are two of four Class C teams in Section X. The others are Brushton-Moira and Norwood-Norfolk.
With the win, Tupper Lake improved to 5-7-1. The Lumberjacks return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Chateaugay.