LAKE PLACID - Laura Stanton notched a pair of goals, Adele Jesmer scored once, and goalkeeper Liz Leff had another outstanding performance to lead the Lake Placid girls soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Elizabethtown-Lewis on Monday.
Playing on their home pitch, the Blue Bombers improved to 8-1 in Northern Soccer League action.
In what proved to be a evenly-contested match, Stanton netted both her goals in the opening half and Jesmer sent home the game-winner on the Blue Bombers' lone goal of the second stanza. Kylee Cassavaugh scored both goals for the Lions in the Division II contest.
Laura Stanton sets up to drill a shot into the net for Lake Placid’s first goal of Monday’s game at the North Elba Show Grounds. Stanton scored twice to lead the Blue Bombers to a 3-2 victory.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Leff came up with the first big play of the afternoon about five minutes in when she made a diving save on a point-blank shot to keep the game scoreless. Stanton then put Lake Placid in front at the 10:14 mark when she ripped a shot past Lions' goalkeeper Kearsten Ashline. Tricia Auer earned an assist on the play.
Cassavaugh tied the scored at 1-1 less three minutes later, and Stanton then got a big goal for the Blue Bombers with 2:30 left before the half. Stanton scored through traffic from in front of the net on a corner kick play with Sam Barney picking up the assist.
Jesmer pushed Lake Placid's edge to 3-1 when she tallied 12:25 after intermission, and the Blue Bombers then had to hold on from there. Cassavaugh netted her second of the game with 11:09 left on the clock to cut the host's lead to 3-2, but the Blue Bombers defense shut down the Lions the rest of the way.
"We are scoring more than we did last year," Lake Placid head coach Heather Brewer said. "If we give up a goal or two, we are still winning games like this because we've been putting the ball in the back of the net.
"Both teams had some chances, and Liz was very solid in goal for us again," Brewer added. "When Cassavaugh got that second goal, I think it gave their players some life, but we did a nice job holding them off in the final 10 minutes."
In addition to praising the play of Lake Placid's forwards, Brewer also credited senior Haley Brandes for a strong game at defense. Leff made eight saves to earn the win in goal while Ashline recorded seven saves. Sam Barney also set up Jesmer's game-winning goal to finish with two assists. Emily Morris and Caitie Decker notched one assist each for the Lions.
Lake Placid is at home again Wednesday, hosting Seton Catholic with the opening kick off scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
"Seton should be another tough opponent. They always play us close," Brewer said. "I think the division is very close this season. We've had the wins so far, but many of our games could have gone either way. Fortunately, we are scoring goals.
"Right now, we've put ourselves in a great position, but we want to keep building on what we've accomplished," Brewer added. "We want to be peaking at the end of the season, not in the middle."
Lake Placid 3, Elizabethtown-Lewis 2
1. LP, Stanton (Auer), 10:14; 2. EL, Cassavaugh (Morris), 12:40; 3. LP, Stanton (S. Barney), 37:30.
4. LP, Stanton (S. Barney), 12:25; 5. EL, Cassavaugh (Decker), 28:51.
Shots: Lake Placid 10, Elizabethtown-Lewis 10
Saves: EL, Ashline 7; LP, Leff 8.