“It felt amazing,” Tupper Lake junior Skylar Trivieri said. “I can’t even describe it. There’s no words to describe the feeling. We worked so hard for it and we deserve it 100 percent.”
The Lumberjacks pulled out the Class C state tournament win in the penalty kicks session by knocking in three goals to Lake Placid’s lone score. The session came after 110 minutes of scoreless soccer that included two regular 10-minute overtimes and two five-minute, sudden-death periods.
“The teams were very even. We gave them a run for our money and we just came out ahead,” Trivieri said. “They were playing really tough defense. Everywhere, they were tough. It wasn’t easy.”
In the penalty-kick session, Lake Placid’s Carrisa Kennedy led off the scoring by picking up a goal on the Blue Bombers first attempt. That was followed by a miss by Lumberjack Sam Sanford.
After a Lake Placid miss, Tupper Lake’s Katie Stuart evened the score. One round later, Aldridge buried the ball in the lower left-hand corner of the net to give her team its first lead of the game. Then sophomore Lizzy Zurek sealed the win, scoring the Lumberjacks’ final tally.
After Zurek’s ball hit the back of the net, the Lumberjacks players rushed from the sideline to the center of the field for a jubilant celebration.
Lake Placid finished the season with a 10-5-2 overall record.
Bombers capture Class C title
CLINTONVILLE — Haley Brandes couldn’t have picked a better time to score the first goal of her varsity high school soccer career. And her Lake Placid teammates couldn’t have found a better time to turn in one of their best offensive performances of the season.
Brandes, a junior, sent home what proved to be the game-winning goal in the first half and the Blue Bombers tacked on two more tallies after intermission to claim a 3-0 victory Thursday, Nov. 3 in the Section VII, Class C championship match against Seton Catholic under the lights at AuSable Valley High School.
Brandes put the Blue Bombers on the board at the 16:57 mark of the first half when she headed in a crossing pass from Mackenzie Kemmerer. Ayla Thompson and Brooke Reid netted second-half goals and Liz Leff only needed to make two saves in goal as the Blue Bombers captured their first sectional title since 2005.
“In the past three years we’ve had some pretty good teams, but we lost one-goal games in the finals,” said Heather Brewer, who led her team to a title as a first-year head coach for Lake Placid after taking over for Olaf Carlson. “I’m really excited, not only to win a championship but to be moving into the next round. It’s nice to finally come out on the winning end of one of these games.”
Brewer said Lake Placid’s three seniors — Kemmerer, Thompson and sweeper Natalia Smith — all turned in great efforts.
“Our three seniors didn’t want to see their season end and neither did the rest of the team,” Brewer said. “The key for us tonight was winning the 50-50 balls and finishing off.”
Lake Placid was the dominant team from start to finish and outshot Seton Catholic 18-2. On the first goal of the game, Brandes was left wide open in front of the net and connected on a perfect pass from Kemmerer, sending the ball over the head of Knights goalkeeper Shannon Olsen.
“I was just speechless,” Brandes said. “I just stood there and asked myself ‘did that ball really go in?’ Before the game, we talked about needing to get shots off, going to the net, and finishing off our chances. We did it all.”
The Blue Bombers scored two more beautiful goals after halftime to clinch the match. Struggling with ankle injures for much of the season, Thompson showed a burst of speed when she took a through-ball from Reid, sprinted past the Knights’ defense and walked in all alone for a tally to give Lake Placid a 2-0 edge 6:41 into the stanza. Reid then rounded out the scoring with just under 14 minutes remaining when she fired a shot from in front between three Seton Catholic defenders.
With a three-goal cushion, the Blue Bombers still didn’t let up and nearly put one more in when Kemmerer made an amazing run, dribbling past four Knights and ripping a hard shot off the crossbar.
“Mackenzie wanted to win a sectional title,” Brewer said. “She was amazing. I’m really happy for our girls, especially our seniors.”
“It was pretty simple. Lake Placid played fantastic,” said Knights coach Jason Fenner, whose team finished with an 8-10 record overall. “We spent more time chasing than possessing. I’m really happy for Heather and her team, and it was good to see Olaf here at the game.”
He helped get a lot of their girls to where they are today. They were the better team in this match.”
“All I know is we just had to get this win, and it’s great being a part of it,” Thompson said. “We’ve grown a lot as a team since the beginning of the season. We are a much better team than when we started.”
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Lake Placid junior Brooke Reid dribbles the ball upfield during the Blue Bombers’ game against Tupper Lake.