Mayfield to face Lake Placid for tourney title

MAYFIELD – The combination of Carter Ivancic to Brendan Gifford accounted for three goals as the Mayfield Panthers defeated defending Section X champion Potsdam 6-0 in the opening round of the Mayfield Boys Soccer Tournament Friday night at Mayfield High School.

With the victory, the host Panthers advance to tonight’s championship game where they will face defending Section VII champion Lake Placid in a 7 p.m. matchup.

Lake Placid advanced to the title game with a 2-1 victory over defending Section II Class C champion Greenville.

Greenville and Potsdam will face off in the consolation match at 5 p.m.

Mayfield (6-0 overall) opened the game on the attack and found success early when Gifford ran onto a through ball behind the Potsdam defense and finished a one-on-one situation for a 1-0 lead with 2:26 off the clock.

Sandstoners goalkeeper Carter Brown came up with stops on two more shots from Gifford before the senior forward finished off his second goal off an assist from Ivancic with 30:15 left in the opening half.

Ivancic got a tally of his own late in the half when Taylor Madeiros put a ball on the far post that Ivancic miss kicked, sending the ball straight up in the air. He recovered to head the ball into the far netting for a 3-0 halftime lead.

The Ivancic-to-Gifford combination came through just 3:49 into the second half to push the score to 4-0.

“It is a nice advantage that they have played so many games together,” Mayfield coach Jon Caraco said. “They are both third-year varsity players and have come right up through together and played off-season soccer together. They have developed a good chemistry that keeps getting better game after game. Carter always wanted to play forward with Brendan, but I usually had him playing in the midfield. This year I listened to Carter and played him on top and so far it has been working out pretty good for them.”

Jared Albertin accounted for the Panthers’ fifth goal of the match when he headed home a corner kick from Harrison Harper with 19:34 left in the match and Alex Ringer closed out the scoring with 10:18 left to play when he put a centering pass from Anthony Yuret into the back of the net for the 6-0 final.

The win is the fourth shut out of the season for Mayfield, which has allowed only three goals so far this season.

“I have four starting defenders back and the chemistry back there also is nice,” Caraco said. “Tommy Gates is a natural leader in the back and Garret Delaney can win anything in the air. Harrison Harper and Bryan Graf on the outside are fast and can win tackles. Danny Ellis comes off the bench and Anthony Brandow is solid in goal.”

For the match, Mayfield out shot Potsdam 13-2 and held a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

Brown made seven stops in goal for the Sandstoners, while Brandow collected two saves.

Lake Placid 2, Greenville 1

MAYFIELD – Defending Section VII champion Lake Placid got a pair of first-half goals to defeat Greenville and advance to the tournament finals.

Kevin Geisler finished off an assist from Jarell Paul in the 27th minute of the match but Greenville got the equalizer seconds later when John Wagner scored on an unassisted goal.

Two minutes before halftime, Bjorn Kroes headed home a cross from Geisler to put the Bombers up 2-1.

Neither team scored in the second half, giving Lake Placid the win and chance to play host Mayfield for the tournament title at 7 p.m. tonight.

Greenville will play Potsdam in the tournament consolation match at 5 p.m.

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