TUPPER LAKE - The Tupper Lake girls soccer team rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat St. Lawrence, 3-2, on Saturday in its regular season finale.
The Lumberjacks fell behind after St. Lawrence's Morgan Villnave and Lindsay Thayer notched goals in the first half. The goals gave the Larries a 2-0 lead and control of the game, but the Lumberjacks whittled away at the lead after that.
Katie Stuart got the Lumberjacks on the board first when she beat St. Lawrence goalie Haleigh Agans to the ball about 15 feet from the goal. Stuart was able to kick the ball into an empty net.
Tupper Lake’s Skylar Trivieri lines up to take a shot on goal during the second half of Saturday’s game against St. Lawrence. Tupper Lake won 3-2.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
The teams went into the half with the Larries holding onto a 2-1 lead. In the second half, the Lumberjacks were able to knot the game at 2-2 when Skylar Trivieri scored with 18:46 left in the game.
The winning goal came with seven minutes remaining when Lindsay Maroun scored the game's final tally.
"The second half, we realized this was the last time for us seniors that we'll be playing on this field," Trivieri said. "We didn't want to end up looking back in like a year and remember the score. That just made us work that much harder. I think we started working more as a team, and it certainly paid off."
With the win, Tupper Lake improved to 8-7 overall and 4-4 in the North Division. St. Lawrence fell to 2-14 overall and 1-8 in the north.
Larries coach Chris Compo-Martin was disappointed with the loss, considering her team had control of the game early on.
"We have a tendency to let down. We definitely don't get overconfident. It's almost like we're afraid of what the outcome will be," she said. "They have a tendency to let down and they have to work harder at holding their place on the field."
On the opposite side of the field, Lumberjacks coach Russ Bartlett wasn't too excited about the win either. He felt his team didn't play its best game.
"We didn't have any rhythm from the very beginning. We couldn't find rhythm," he said. "Every time we found rhythm, something seemed to go against us. It's was like we were plugging holes all day long, but they could have quit at any moment and they didn't. So I give them that."
Bartlett was also concerned that Stuart had to leave the game with a leg injury early in the second half. It was unclear how serious the injury was after the game, but it comes at a tough time. The playoffs are scheduled to start this week. Bartlett said that coaches were going to determine the Class C tournament schedule early this week.
According to the Section X website, Tupper Lake finished third in Class C behind first-place Canton and second-place Brushton-Moriah. Norwood-Norfolk was fourth and St. Lawrence fifth. If that's right, Tupper Lake would face off with Brushton, a team it split with during the regular season.
Tupper Lake beat both Canton and Brushton when it was rolling earlier in the season. They've struggled a bit as of a late. Bartlett had been hoping his team would get over the hump against St. Lawrence.
"We've been progressing. We've been playing better for the last week," Bartlett said. "We've been getting better and better and better. We hit a great stride midseason. We had Canton and Brushton here midseason, great soccer, then between injuries and layoffs, we haven't been able to get back."