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Battered Bombers beat Sentinels

September 28, 2017
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid girls soccer team successfully utilized a friendly wind in the first half and then held on after intermission to claim a 2-1 victory over Ticonderoga in a home match Wednesday.

The Blue Bombers scored twice with a steady wind at their back in the opening half to take a 2-0 edge, and played a solid second half while giving up a single goal on a corner kick to improve to 5-3 in Northern Soccer League Division II play.

Camille Craig and Sophia Adragna each buried a goal to lift Lake Placid to its two-goal edge. Craig, Lake Placid's senior sweeper, top-shelved a direct kick from 30 yards in the middle of the stanza to give the Blue Bombers a 1-0 edge. Adragna then netted what proved to be the game-winner with 10:15 left in the half. On the play, the sophomore collected a through pass from Shannon Bentley, walked in all alone on Sentinels goalkeeper Aubrey Smith and drilled a low shot into the net.

Article Photos

Camille Craig of Lake Placid focuses on the ball as Ticonderoga’s Meg McDonald (6) moves in during the opening half of Wednesday’s game.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

Lake Placid head coach Brenden Gotham said his team took advantage of the situation that was offered and was fortunate to hold off the Sentinels when the teams changed ends of the field after intermission.

"We had the wind in the first half and we knew we had to score," Gotham said. "Unfortunately, we didn't score enough. We had a ton of chances in the first half. Point-blank shots right at the goalie. We did what we needed to do and then we hung on. Luckily, the wind died down with about 20 minutes left. That wind was an extra opponent. We were lucky to win the coin toss. That worked well."

After grabbing a 2-0 lead, Lake Placid then relied on its defense to get the rest of the job done. Ticonderoga applied loads of pressure while attempting to rally, and produced an early goal with just 2:39 gone in the second half. Omni Bazan netted the goal when she banged a low shot into the corner of the net past Lake Placid keeper Shelby Jewtraw after Meg McDonald sent a corner kick to the far side of the penalty box.

The Blue Bombers were playing without two of their top players, Lindsey Rath and Mackenzie Kondrat, who are both midfielders sidelined with injuries and aren't expected back in the near future. Gotham praised the performance of freshman Natalie Tavares and junior Megan Byrne, for taking over at midfield.

He also said that freshman Lydia Bullock had a strong match at attack despite not being able to get on the score sheet.

"Lydia is a great scorer and she didn't put one away today," Gotham said. "She did everything right today except put the ball in the back of the net. With Mackenzie and Lindsey out, I was very proud with the way our midfielders played. Natalie, you forget she's a freshman, and Megan, they both played phenomenally well.

"Down subs, and down players, our game plan was get a lot of shots on net early," Gotham added. "We had to do it early and we did."

Gotham said that defenders Jen Godin and Ashley Strack "played exceptionally well" from their outside fullback positions.

Lake Placid finished with a 15-6 advantage in shots. Jewtraw made five saves to earn the win in nets. Smith recorded 13 stops in goal for Ticonderoga.

The Blue Bombers were also playing without starting defender Rylee Preston, who is expected to be back for the team's next game, which is at home Monday against Moriah starting at 4:30 p.m.


Lake Placid 2, Ticonderoga 1

Blue Bombers202


First Half

1. LP, Craig, 19:25; 2. LP, Adragna (Bentley), 29:15.

Second Half

3. Ti, Bazan (Bresett), 2:39.

Shots: Lake Placid 15, Ticonderoga 6

Saves: LP, Jewtraw 5, Ti, Smith 13.



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