CHAMPLAIN — The AuSable Valley girls’ soccer team, which won the Section VII Class C championship a season ago, has its hands full as the fifth seed in this year’s Class B tournament.
It started out well, however, for the Patriots on Wednesday night in a 2-0 win at fourth-seeded Northeastern Clinton in the quarterfinals.
“It was a good start for us,” AuSable Valley coach Bruce Bourgeois said. “Everyone on our team played a great game (Wednesday). Northeastern Clinton has a fast team and is a well-coached team.
“We know it’s going to be a tougher road for us this year. We play Saranac on Saturday and they’re a great team. But the first time we played them, they beat us by a 2-1 score.”
All the game’s scoring was done in the second half, with Rachel Knapp scoring from Taylor Saltus at 6:50 and then Hillary Drake, off a Saltus assist, at 14:15.
“Taylor Saltus did a great job setting up things for us,” Bourgeois said. “It helps to have her finally healthy. And I can’t say enough about our defense. Our back four, with Logan Snow, Priscilla Coats, Tiffany Evens and Alyssa Baughn, were fantastic.”
Bryce Douglass recorded the shutout in the AuSable Valley nets with nine saves, while Christina Paola made five stops for the Cougars, who held a 14-9 shot advantage.
AuSable Valley 2,Northeastern Clinton 0
AuSable Valley 0 2 — 2
Northeastern Clinton 0 0 — 0
Second half- 1, AVC, Knapp (Saltus), 6:50. 2, AVC, Drake (Saltus), 14:15.
Shots: Northeastern Clinton 14, AuSable Valley 9.
Saves: Douglass, AVC, 9. Paola, NCCS, 5.
PLATTSBURGH 2, SARANAC LAKE 0
PLATTSBURGH — Hailey McLaughlin scored on a penalty kick early in the second half and Brooke Knight added an insurance goal later on to give the third-seeded Hornets their win over the sixth-seeded Red Storm.
McLaughlin’s goal came at the 2:45 mark and McLaughlin then assisted on Knight’s goal, which came at 18:04.
“We had some good opportunities that we didn’t finish on in the first half,” Plattsburgh coach Tim Mulligan said. “We stayed composed and kept the pressure on throughout the second half.
“Hailey McLaughlin converted the penalty kick after Brooke Knight created an opportunity in the box, but was taken down. Brooke then finished a great header off McLaughlin’s corner kick.”
The Hornets held a 17-4 advantage in shots and Alyssa Salls made three saves for the shutout. Sheila Decker stopped 10 shots for the Red Storm.
“Kelsey Senecal was solid in the back and Adrienne Nye played hard throughout for us,” Mulligan said.
“For Saranac Lake, Decker was active in goal and Jenny Ward played a strong game.”
Plattsburgh 2, Saranac Lake 0
Saranac Lake 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh 0 2 — 2
Second half- 1, PHS, McLaughlin pk, 2:45. 2, PHS, Knight (McLaughlin), 18:04.
Shots: Plattsburgh 17, Saranac Lake 4.
Saves: Salls, PHS, 3. Decker, SL, 10.