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SARANAC LAKE — After winning three of their last four games a week ago, the Saranac Lake women’s soccer team failed to put all the pieces together in their final home game of the season. Moriah Vikings shut out Red Storm 3-0 on Wednesday.
The Vikings, who entered the competition having lost three straight games, set the tone early by taking a 2-0 lead in just the first half. Moriah then pulled away from Saranac Lake after scoring another goal in the second half.
The Vikings’ Amelia Kazlo scored twice – both in the first half – while Erica Anderson added a goal to edge past the Red Storm.
Kazlo’s performance proved to be the difference. She scored her first goal on a breakaway and her second on a shot past Saranac Lake goaltender Karlie Goetz.
“We didn’t really have an answer for number five (Kazlo),” Red Storm head coach Jason Wamsganz said. “We could have locked someone on her, but I think she was a bit too fast for anyone that we had to try and lock.
“We just tried to play it a little bit differently defensively – putting two goals back,” he added. “She still ended up breaking us sometimes. We just didn’t have a lot of response.
Anderson scored the game’s final goal after the Red Storm defense were unable to clear the ball and Goetz tripped him up.
Wamsganz said his team struggled defensively. He added that they missed assignments, which was a big factor in the loss.
Despite the defensive issues, Red Storm’s offense was solid, especially in the second half. The team was aggressive after the break and had several chances to score.
Saranac Lake rookie Tyler Burth nearly put his team on the board after a shot on goal forced Vikings goaltender Hannah Gaddor into a big save with about seven minutes left in the game. The Red Storm also had a few chances to score from corner kicks from senior Chloe Skiff, but the team were unable to bury a goal.
“We started moving some people into midfield, on the wings and up front just to try and get a different combination of kids who work better together,” said Wamsganz. “We have seen this several times. Trying to keep generating that type of attack is sometimes difficult, especially against a good team and Moriah is good, so.
Goetz was solid in net for Saranac Lake, registering 16 saves, while Moriah’s Gaddor made six saves.
With the loss, the Red Storm fall to 4-8 on the season. The team is expected to play two more road games before concluding the regular season. The team will face Saranac Central on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Northern Adirondack on Monday at 4 p.m.