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Blue Bombers establishing a foothold

September 25, 2018
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Early in the season, the Lake Placid girls soccer team focused on putting the right people in the right places. So far, it looks like the Blue Bombers have done a nice job settling into their positions.

On Monday, Lake Placid continued its solid play with a 3-0 victory over Ticonderoga in Northern Soccer League Division II action.

Olivia Ferebee and Emma Adragna netted first-half goals, Lydia Bullock buried a shot in the second half and Brooke Paries earned her second shutout in nets during the past week as the Blue Bombers improved to 4-1-1.

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Emma Adragna takes a shot for Lake Placid during the opening half of Monday’s match against Ticonderoga.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

"We had a few kinks early in the season that we've been able to work out," Lake Placid head coach Heather Brewer said. "We didn't have all new defenders, but they are working as a new unit. They've learned to play together and Brooke, our goalie, has had some good games."

The Blue Bombers had two really nice goals and a fluke score in the match. Ferebee, who is just a seventh-grader, got Lake Placid going less than 15 minutes into the match on a play that started in her team's defensive end of the field. After taking a clearing pass from Makeda Thompson on the right side of the field, Ferebee threaded her way through multiple defenders while dribbling toward the opposite wing and sent a low shot into the left side of the net.

Adragna then upped the Blue Bombers' edge to 2-0 with 5:50 left in the first half on a shot from the right wing that ended up in the lower left corner of the net after Ticonderoga keeper Aubrey Smith mishandled the ball. That goal came on another play that also began in Lake Placid's end of the field, and Paries earned a rare goalkeeper's assist on the score.

Lake Placid was all over the Sentinels' net in the second half and Bullock connected on one of the chances, scoring on a breakaway with 9:18 remaining after taking a through pass from Natalie Tavares.

The Blue Bombers held an overwhelming 34-8 advantage in shots. Paries was credited with eight saves in the shutout win, while Smith made 17 stops for the Sentinels.

"Early in the season, we struggled getting the ball in the back of the net," Brewer said. "We were getting shots, just not finishing. We've been able to keep improving on that. Offensively, anyone in the starting front six and a couple kids off the bench, any one of them can score on any day. We're lucky enough to have a lot of kids who can put the other team under pressure."

Lake Placid's girls face one of their biggest tests to date when they next host unbeaten Moriah on Wednesday starting at 4:30 p.m. The Vikings are unbeaten and ranked ranked 15th in Class C in New York state. Moriah blanked Lake Placid 3-0 when the teams first clashed on Sept. 6 in Port Henry.



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