LAKE PLACID - After falling behind by a goal, the Lake Placid girls soccer team was on the verge of upsetting visiting Seton Catholic Tuesday when Liza Marinis scored to put the Blue Bombers ahead 2-1 with less than seven minutes remaining in the match.
The Knights Paige Spittler, however, came through in a big way for her team. Not only did Spittler tie the game by scoring her second goal of the day less than two minutes later, she also completed a hat trick with 1:22 left on the clock to deal the Blue Bombers a tough 3-2 setback in Northern Soccer League Division II action.
In a contest that saw both teams score once in the first half, Spittler lifted Seton Catholic to a 1-0 edge with the first goal of the match at the 24:21 mark of the opening half. Junior Payton Barney then buried a direct kick from about 40 yards out for Lake Placid with five minutes left in the half to send the teams into intermission in a 1-1 deadlock.
Sam Barney advances the ball for Lake Placid while teammate Jillian Goulette follows the play during Tuesday’s match at the North Elba Show Grounds.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Marinis then gave Lake Placid the lead, scoring from in close at the 33:45 mark of the second stanza on a goal assisted by Carissa Kennedy as a host Blue Bombers attacked the Knights net guarded by keeper Kelly Ryan.
But the host team's lead didn't hold up as Spittler got to work in Lake Placid's end of the pitch. Spittler notched her second of the game at the 35:53 mark, and then capped off a three-player exchange for the game-winning goal scored with plenty of traffic in front of the Lake Placid net tended by Emily Barney. The play started when Emily Eaton headed the ball toward the net from about the 18-yard mark. Teammate Ashley Carpenter gained control, then sent a pass to Spittler, who ripped a high shot into the right corner of the net.
Carpenter finished the game with assists on all three Seton Catholic goals.
The Knights held a slim 13-12 edge in shots. Emily Barney, a junior, and Ryan each made 10 saves in goal for their respective squads.
With the win, the Knights improved to 8-2, while the Blue Bombers dropped to 3-4-1.
Lake Placid's girls next play on the road Thursday at Northern Adirondack starting at 4:30 p.m.
AuSable Valley 6, Saranac Lake 1
CLINTONVILLE - The AuSable Valley girls soccer team scored four goals in the second half to lock up a 6-1 Northern Soccer League victory over Saranac Lake on Tuesday.
Rachel Knapp scored twice in the first half to give the Patriots a 2-0 halftime advantage. AuSable Valley kept up the pressure after the half with two more goals within the first six minutes.
Saranac Lake scored its only goal of the game in the 12th minute of the second half. Logan Hochwald was credited with the tally with the assist going to Sheila Decker.
Jenny Ward played a solid game in net for the Red Storm, who fell to 0-9 with the loss. Ward made 12 saves and shared the goalkeeping duties with Katy Hunt.
AuSable Valley (3-5) outshot the Red Storm 21-8.
Plattsburgh 3, Saranac Lake 0
PLATTSBURGH - The Plattsburgh volleyball team kept Saranac Lake in check Tuesday night on the way to a 25-16, 25-12, 25-13 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference victory.
Samantha Martin had eight digs and one ace and Brittany Woodruff collected three digs and two aces to lead the way for the Red Storm.
Victoria Herkalo served four aces and 20 points and Rachel Bedard racked up four aces, eight assists and six points to pace the Hornets.
AuSable Valley 3, Lake Placid 0
CLINTONVILLE - The AuSable Valley volleyball team took control early and never let up Tuesday on the way to a 25-5, 25-12, 25-13 victory over Lake Placid.
Melissa Rath sparked the Blue Bombers with three kills and one assist while teammate Alexis Megliore had two digs.
Miranda Sheffer put down four kills to go along with three digs and eight assists for the Patriots.
Northwood 4, Stanstead College 0
STANSTEAD, Quebec - The Northwood boys soccer team improved to 4-1-1 last weekend after a 4-0 victory over Stanstead College.
Oskar Levin scored on a 40-yard breakaway for his fourth goal of the season to open the scoring for the Huskies. Sophomore Matthew Headland scored Northwood's second goal, while Charl Pretorius and Cam Lee finished off the scoring.
Northwood goalkeeper Parker Bishop stopped eight shots for his second shutout of the season.
The Northwood girls team dropped their match against Stanstead, 2-1.