LAKE PLACID - At least until next fall, the Lake Placid boys soccer team can claim bragging rights in its neck of the woods.
On Thursday, the Blue Bombers won their village's annual rivalry, topping the Northwood School 2-1 in a tight match contested on the North Elba Show Grounds field.
Lake Placid grabbed a 2-0 lead while playing a solid first half. The Huskies poured on the pressure after intermission and netted their only goal, but the Blue Bombers were able to hold on.
Lake Placid’s Nzoni Thompson, left, and Sam Clelland of the Northwood School, are among players tracking the ball during Thursday’s match.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Both Blue Bombers goals came on free kicks. Junior Alex Brandes gave Lake Placid a 1-0 edge when he scored about eight minutes into the contest. Nzoni Thompson lifted the Blue Bombers into a 2-0 lead when he redirected a kick from Andrew Meister into the net near the 20-minute mark.
Oscar Levin scored early in the second half for Northwood, ripping a shot past Lake Placid goalkeeper Chris Kordziel on a play that saw the Huskies march down the field with multiple passes.
Lake Placid improved to 5-1-1 overall with the win, while Northwood suffered its first setback and fell to 3-1-1.
"That first half was probably the best 40 minutes of soccer we've been able to put together this year," Blue Bombers coach Stuart Hemsley said. "Even though it was a non-league game, we came out and played great. It was a good, friendly match."
"If we were going to lose our first game, it might as well be to Lake Placid," Northwood coach Tom Broderick said. "That way, Stuart can have bragging rights for the next year. We didn't play as well as we could have at the start, but we did a nice job in the second half. Lake Placid is a state-caliber team, and we gave them a run."
Both teams are on the road for their next matchups. Northwood travels to Canada to take on Stanstead College Saturday, while Lake Placid returns to Northern Soccer League Division II action Monday at Elizabethtown.