Lone goal propels Bobcats past Bombers
LAKE PLACID — A goal midway through the second half was all Northern Adirondack needed to claim a 1-0 victory over Lake Placid in a Northern Soccer League Division II girls soccer match Friday on the Blue Bombers’ field.
Madison Peryea netted the lone goal of the match, scoring at the 19:05 mark of the second half when she took a pass from Alexis Belrose and walked in all alone on Lake Placid keeper Lea O’Brien. Belrose was driving toward the Blue Bombers goal on the left side of the penalty box and sent a pass to the right, where Peryea collected the feed and put a shot past O’Brien, who had an outstanding effort in the contest.
The Blue Bombers came close to tying the match late, getting their best chance with about three minutes remaining when Olivia Ferebee sent a high cross from the left wing to Dariana Patterson, who was sprinting toward the center of the Bobcats’ net. Patterson got her head on the ball but the attempt sailed just over the crossbar.
The goal came after a flurry where the Bobcats generated three or four solid scoring chances during a span of about five minutes.
Lake Placid finished with a 10-9 edge in shots, and Blue Bombers coach Heather Brewer said it was frustrating coming up empty on offense.
“I don’t think they outplayed us at all,” Brewer said. “They got a goal and we didn’t. Some of our decisions need to improve. Basically, they are a physical team, and we had to overcome that in the second half by passing better, and we didn’t get in the back of the net today.”
Aiden Lambert had a strong performance in goal for NAC and stopped all 10 shots she faced to earn the shutout victory. O’Brien, who replaced senior starting keeper Brooke Paries, who was injured in the preseason, made eight stops for the Blue Bombers.
The Bobcats improved to 4-1 with the victory.
“The girls played very well,” NAC head coach Leslie LaBarge said. “They had a good shooting game, they had a good passing game. They came out and attacked the ball. The offense is working really well together, and the defense did a great job.”
The match was the third of the week for the Blue Bombers, who dropped to 2-2 in league play.
Lake Placid next plays on the road Wednesday at Ticonderoga. NAC also plays on Wednesday against Chazy.