The Champlain Valley and Mountain and Valley athletic conferences have combined to form the Northern Soccer League that includes 22 teams and three divisions. As a mid-sized school, the Blue Bombers will be playing in Division II and competing as a Class C team in the postseason.
After a 10-year run leading the girls program, Olaf Carlson turned over the head coaching job to Heather Brewer. A 2001 graduate of Saranac Lake High School, Brewer played for Saint Lawrence University for four seasons. She was the head girls varsity coach at Plattsburgh High School for one season before serving as Carlson’s assistant the past four years.
John Freemante will be the new head coach of the Lake Placid boys varsity team.
With the new setup, Lake Placid will no longer have to play the CVAC large-school powerhouse teams like Plattsburgh, Beekmantown, Peru and Northeastern Clinton, which are now Division I squads. But the Blue Bombers will have their hands full with a new regular-season opponent in Chazy. The Eagles have been a perennial contender for state titles in both boys and girls soccer during recent years as a D team, and they have moved over from the MVAC to the Northern Soccer League’s Division II. They will be taking on Lake Placid twice in regular-season matchups this year.
As Division II teams, Lake Placid’s boys and girls varsity squads will have slightly different schedules. There are eight teams in Division II for the girls, which gives Lake Placid a 14-game regular-season league slate. Along with Lake Placid, the other girls Division II teams are Northern Adirondack, Seton Catholic, Moriah, Ticonderoga, and a trio from the old MVAC: Chazy, Elizabethtown-Lewis and Willsboro.
The Blue Bombers boys Division II foes are NAC, Seton Catholic, Chazy, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Willsboro and Westport.
Due to the new format, Lake Placid’s boys will lose their annual rivalry matches against Saranac Lake, which is now a Division I team. The Blue Bombers and Red Storm boys will play two scrimmages prior to the season on Aug. 31 in Lake Placid and on Sept. 1 in Saranac Lake. Those contests are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
As of press time, the Blue Bombers boys were scheduled to play a 12-game league schedule that includes home and away matches against their Division II opponents, and also have a non-league game on Oct. 1 against a Pennsylvania high school squad that will be visiting the North Country.
Lake Placid’s girls will have a 16-game slate, the maximum number of contests allowed by New York State Public High School Athletic Association regulations. In addition to 14 league games against Division II teams, the Blue Bombers will also play one game each against rival Saranac Lake and AuSable Valley that will count on the team’s overall record but not in its league standings.
Lake Placid’s girls will be taking on the Red Storm in scrimmages next week, traveling to Saranac Lake on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. game and then hosting them on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
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Haille Thompson, left, passes the ball as Andrew Meister and Hunter Wilson follow the path of the ball during Lake Placid’s boys soccer practice on Wednesday, Aug. 24.