Blue Bombers, Patriots boys soccer teams head into post season

Tristan Spotts heads the ball for the Lake Placid Blue Bombers in their games against Ausable Valley on Friday, Nov. 6. (Provided photo — Alicia Brandes)

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid boys soccer team might not have been on fire heading into its postseason tournament this week, but the Blue Bombers have been getting the job done on the scoreboard.

On Friday, Nov. 6, Lake Placid pushed its unbeaten run to six with a 4-1 victory over AuSable Valley. In the past six starts, the Blue Bombers have won five and tied one to finish their regular season schedule with a 5-4-2 record.

Brady Trembley and Cooper Grady each scored twice to lift Lake Placid past the Patriots. Each team netted a goal in the first half and the Blue Bombers took control after intermission by scoring the final three goals of the match.

Trembley, a junior, gave Lake Placid a 1-0 edge when he scored his first varsity goal midway through the opening half. Korvin Dixon responded for the Patriots, tying the contest 1-1 on a tally with 12:36 left in the first half.

Trembley then buried what proved to be the game-winner less than 10 minutes into the second half, and Grady tacked on two more tallies with 19:14 and 7:13 remaining in the match.

All four Lake Placid goals were unassisted.

“We had a good game against AuSable,” Lake Placid coach Stuart Hemsley said. “The only thing was the game was closer than the 4-1 result. AuSable has some good players. They have been playing good soccer.”

The Patriots had a 19-12 edge in shots. Junior Jack Armstrong recorded 18 saves in goal for Lake Placid.

The Blue Bombers are the second seed entering the Mountain League tournament and hosted Saranac Lake, the No. 3 seed, on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in a semifinal slated for 2 p.m. at the North Elba Show Grounds. Top-seed Saranac Central hosts AuSable Valley in Wednesday’s other semifinal contest. Scores were not available by press time.

The winners advance to Saturday’s championship match on the home pitch of the higher seed remaining, while the two semifinal losers will square off in a consolation game.