LAKE PLACID - After falling behind by a goal, the Lake Placid girls soccer team was on the verge of upsetting visiting Seton Catholic on Oct. 1 when Liza Marinis scored to put the Blue Bombers ahead 2-1 with less than seven minutes remaining in the match.
Paige Spittler, however, came through in a big way for the Knights. 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.
Lake Placid freshman Taylor Barney dribbles the ball against Seton Catholic’s Paige Spittler during their Oct. 1 match on the Blue Bombers’ field. Spittler scored three times to lead the visitors to a 3-2 victory.
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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.
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.
Elizabethtown-Lewis 3, Lake Placid 1
ELIZABETHTOWN - The Lake Placid boys soccer team held an early lead but let it slip away in the second half as Elizabethtown-Lewis secured a 3-1 Northern Soccer League victory Sept. 30.
Miles Lussi gave the Blue Bombers a 1-0 advantage in the third minute of play when he blasted a low shot from 30 yards out that found the back of the net.
Lake Placid was able to maintain the slim advantage throughout the first half.
The Lions took over in the second half, though, with three unanswered goals. Hugh Harwood scored at the 6:59 mark of the second half, followed by goals from Will Tomkins (13:23) and Austin Morris (16:08).
Elizabethtown-Lewis outshot Lake Placid 17-10. Chris Kordziel had 10 saves for the Blue Bombers, while Justin LaPier stopped seven shots in goal for the Lions.
Lake Placid fell to 4-2-1 in league games with the loss. Elizabethtown is 2-4.
AuSable Valley 3, Lake Placid 0
CLINTONVILLE - The AuSable Valley volleyball team took control early and never let up on the way to a 25-5, 25-12, 25-13 victory over Lake Placid on Oct. 1.
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.