Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Report, I'm Keith Harrington.
Can Anyone Dethrone Lake George in ADK Girls Soccer
Some things certain when fall approaches. Kids head back to school. Temperature begin to drop. The leaves change colors and start to fall. And Lake George will be one of the favorites for the Adirondack League girls soccer title. Bolton-Warrensburg and Fort Ann have also been perrenial contenders, and a Whitehall team that has been knocking on the door returns nearly their entire squad. Corinth also is coming off a solid season and has a large stable of veterans. Each of those teams on paper seem to have a reason to feel they can win it all this time around.
Lake George was a young team a year ago, and despite winning the ADK, the Warriros did not do so in their usual fashion. Lake George went 9-5-2 during the regular season, but still managed to win the championship, edging Bolton-Warrensburg in Penalty kicks. The Warriors should be a year older and a year better this season.
Bolton-Warrensburg went unbeaten during the ADK regular season last year before falling to Lake George on PKs in the final. The Eagles did have a 1-1 tie against Corinth. B-W lost to Waterford-Halfmoon 6-1 in the sectionals.
The Eagles lose high scoring Gabs Mowery to graduation which will be a major loss. B-W also has a new coach as Scott Smith takes over. If Smith can have the same success in soccer as he does with Warrensburg girls basketball the Eagles will be a team to watch.
Ella Moskov, Kara Bacon, Kailey Bacon and goalie Hope Sherman were all underclassmen who were Adirondck League all-stars in 2021.
Fort Ann is another team that is always a threat in the ADK. The Cardinals went 13-4-2- in 2021 and made it to the Section II Class D final before falling to OESJ 2-1. They also defeated Lake George for the first time in recent memory. Fort Ann should be primed for another title run, both in the ADK and Class D.
Last season was like a rollercoaster for Whitehall girls soccer. The Railroaders got off to a slow start, then started to roll in the middle of the season, including a 1-0 win over Fort Ann. The Railroaders seemed to be peaking at the right time then struggled down the stretch, leaving coach Boyd Hunt perplexed. Much of the roster returns including all-stars Madison Gould and Jayden Hughes. Losing goalkeeper Dory Gosselin will be a blow, but look for Samantha Howland to fill the void.
Corinth is another squad who may have high expectations. The Tomahawks went 4-1-3 in the league and 9-4-4 overall. If they can translate those ties into wins Corinth will be in the hunt. The Tomahawks lost five seniors but have a large group of returners. Top scorers Alyssa Crossman and Sarah Pita return after tallying 27 and 23 points last season. Lorelei Peterson will leave a big whole in goal. The nine goals and 22 points of Idalia Willett also need to be replaced.
Hadley-Luzerne, Salem, Granville and North Warren will all be looking to improve and join the upper group as contenders.
With the Border Country Sports Report, I'm Keith Harrington.