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Back to the drawing board for LP boys

September 6, 2018
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer (lreuter@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid boys soccer team settled for its second tie in a row after finishing in a 1-1 draw with Willsboro at home Wednesday.

The Warriors netted their goal in the opening half, the Blue Bombers tied it up in the second half and the teams then played through two scoreless 10-minute sudden death overtimes to finish even. The result marked the first time in the six years Stuart Hemsley has coached Lake Placid that the Blue Bombers have not defeated the Warriors.

"I was really disappointed the way the white shirts won every single bounce but that's what you get when you play Willsboro," Hemsley said. "The result today, that will surprise a few people that we didn't beat Willsboro, but Willsboro will beat people this year. They have a good goalkeeper, some good players."

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Lake Placid junior Tyler Hinckley gets a foot on the ball in front of Willsboro’s Tyler Bigelow during the opening half of Wednesday’s match.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

Lake Placid was playing without starting keeper Jacob Novick and his brother, starting forward Justin Novick.

Both goals came on set pieces. The Warriors notched their tally with just over five minutes remaining in the opening half when junior Jared Ball scored following an indirect kick. On the play, Willsboro was awarded the kick after a dangerous play, and Ball collected a pass from captain Tyler Bigelow and sent the ball through loads of traffic in front of the net guarded by Blue Bombers freshman backup goalie Jack Armstrong.

"A lot of blue shirts froze on that goal," Hemsley said.

Junior Thatcher Nicholson buried the equalizer 10:45 into the second half on a corner kick play that started when Matt White sent a ball into the box in front of the Warriors net. It was another goal scored with multiple players in front of the net, with Nicholson gaining control of the ball in the left side of the box and looping a shot into the far-side upper corner of the net.

In overtime, and especially the first extra session, Lake Placid basically survived to come out with a tie. During the first sudden-death period, the Warriors had three corner kicks and a direct kick from in front of the net but came up empty.

"We defended those kicks and didn't concede a goal, so that's OK," Hemsley said. "We didn't want to concede a goal today. We didn't achieve that but we got one and didn't lose. We have people who can finish but right now we can't get out of our own way at midfield.

"Getting it wide, getting chances, that's what we need to do," Hemsley continued. "Thatcher getting down the wing, that's a route that we need to take. Get it out of the cluster that is the middle, that's what we're not doing."

Willsboro entered the match with a banged-up group, and head coach Andy Lee was pleased with the way his boys battled.

"The second half, Lake Placid controlled play a little bit more but the last five minutes we really had some action going," Lee said. "The first half was a good half with both teams feeling each other out. We got one, they were able to counter in the second. It was a nice game.

"He (Hemsley) was able to sub in a little more frequently than we were," Lee added. "Our kids had a lot of heart. I'm happy with the result here. It's always good to get a tie, or at least not a loss on their field."

"I'm pleased for Andy because we've never lost to Willsboro," Hemsley said. "In six years, we've never gotten close to tying Willsboro. I don't want us living by the seat of our pants and going to overtime every game. We still lost seven games last year, so that's one we didn't lose."

The Warriors are now 1-1-1 and are next slated to host Chazy on Friday. After tying Saranac Lake last week and ending in Wednesday's deadlock, the Blue Bombers will have a week off prior to their third match, which will be on the road Wednesday against Elizabethtown/Lewis/Westport.

 
 

 

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