SCHUYLERVILLE — Lake George defender Noah Prime had never scored a goal with the varsity team, so he certainly wasn’t trying to put the ball in when he took a corner kick early in overtime Wednesday.
The sophomore was just trying to get it in the box for one of the team’s goal-scorers. But his kick from the right corner of the field bent past everybody and slipped into the far side of the net.
It was the only goal of the game, lifting Lake George over Lake Placid in an NYSPHSAA Class C boys’ soccer regional semifinal at Schuylerville High School.
“I just try to do the same thing every time. Luckily, this was the game-winner,” Prime said. “My first ever varsity goal. It’s crazy.
“I thought maybe somebody would head it off my corner for the game-winner. But I didn’t think that I would score one.”
The game pitted the high-scoring Warriors against the defensive-minded Blue Bombers, and Lake Placid limited Lake George’s offense for more than 85 minutes.
“We defended so well on every single other part of play apart from the corner,” Lake Placid coach Stuart Hemsley said.
The Blue Bombers did not get a shot on goal in the first half as the Warriors (19-1-1) controlled play. Lake George made a run and sent a shot just wide in the middle of the half, and Lake Placid goalkeeper Chris Kordziel somehow kept the ball out of the net during a frantic scramble about 15 minutes before halftime.
Lake Placid (9-4-2) put more pressure on Lake George right off the bat in the second half, forcing goalie Jeff Naftaly to make a couple of stops. The Section II champions had a corner kick in the middle of the half, and although the Blue Bombers cleared it, Lake George got the ball back in the box for a great chance that went just outside the post.
Nzoni Thompson was dangerous for Lake Placid in the second half, keeping the Lake George defenders busy deep in their end.
The wind blustered throughout the game, and the Warriors had it at their backs in the 15-minute sudden-death overtime period, which might have helped out Prime’s corner kick that ended the game 5:44 in.
Lake George’s top offensive threat, Craig Keenan, was held off the score sheet Wednesday.
“We knew Keenan up front was going to be a major threat, and Tucker Angelopolous was outstanding at marking him,” Hemsley said. “I was a central defender myself, and I would have loved to have played alongside Tucker Angelopolous (Wednesday). But he’s my most improved player through the whole season, and (Wednesday) he was our best player on the field.”
Naftaly and Kordziel both made five saves in their respective nets.
The Blue Bombers lost of slew of seniors from last year’s team, and Hemsley said this year’s young squad surprised him.
“We had a great season. I didn’t expect to get this far this year,” Hemsley said. “Next year I’m hoping for even better things. But back-to-back sectional titles is school history.
“Still haven’t had a win in regional play, but we can look forward to trying again next year.”
Lake George 1, Lake Placid 0 (OT)
Lake Placid 0 0 0 — 0
Lake George 0 0 1 — 1
Overtime- 1, LG, Prime, 5:44.
Shots: Lake Placid 6, Lake George 6.
Saves: Kordziel, LP, 5. Naftaly, LG, 5.
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