Cam­den boys, girls de­feated in open­ers

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PROC­TOR 7, CAM­DEN 0 » Nigel Meagher made 11 saves for the Blue Devils boys soc­cer team in Tuesday’s sea­son- open­ing loss.

Girls Soc­cer

MEX­ICO 5, CAM­DEN 1 » Jenna VanAl len net­ted the Blue Devils’ lone goal in the sea­son- open­ing loss.

Girls Ten­nis

CANASTOTA4, HERKIMER 1 » Lo­gan Hood and Skyler Don­ley over­came a close loss in the first set for a 5-7, 6- 4, 7- 6(7- 4) vic­tory to take the first dou­bles point. two goals and an as­sist for the Bears.

“I was not (ex­pect­ing to score three goals),” said Spur­geon. “I was im­pressed. The team played well and moved the ball well, so it was nice.

“Ev­ery­body’s en­thu­si­asm, their ball move­ment and ev­ery­thing, how they passed the ball, it was fun.”

Spur­geon also had an as­sist in the vic­tory, find­ing Lars­son for the first goal of the match in the 7th minute. The se­nior net­ted his first goal in the 16th minute and Lars­son poked in a cor­ner kick a minute later for a 3- 0 Chit­te­nango ad­van­tage. Vince Cameron’s lefty shot in the 19th minute pushed that edge to 4- 0.

Phoenix re­sponded to Cameron’s goal im­me­di­ately when Adam Hahn scored the Fire­birds’ lone goal of the match in the 20th minute. They would oc­ca­sion­ally bring the ball across mid­field but didn’t se­ri­ously threaten again in the first half.

The Bears, mean­while, were far from done. Spur­geon scored his sec­ond goal in the 21st minute and Ry­der recorded his first two min­utes later, drib­bling around keeper Sam Stelling­w­erf and fin­ish­ing to ex­tend the lead to 6- 0.

Ry­der as­sisted on a Wesley Stanton goal in the 26th minute be­fore driv­ing a long shot in­side the far post in the 32nd for his sec­ond goal. Zach Jas­min scored in the 37th minute and Lars­son com­pleted his hat trick with a goal in the 39th, giv­ing Chit­te­nango a 10-1 ad­van­tage go­ing into half­time.

Phoenix slightly im­proved its pos­ses­sion in the sec­ond half and made a bid for a sec­ond goal when Ri­ley Belk­nap took a shot from the right side. Chit­te­nango keeper Noah Sch­nu­af­fer dove to his left and de­flected the ball for one of his four saves on the day.

Spur­geon capped the scor­ing with his third goal, com­ing in the 55th minute.

“It’ll help us keep go­ing for­ward,” Spur­geon said of the vic­tory. “It’ll help us with the sea­son, ob­vi­ously, keep the mo­men­tum go­ing.”

Chit­te­nango ad­vances to face Cen­tral Square in the cham­pi­onship match of the More than a Game Tour­na­ment, sched­uled for to­day at 2 p.m.

“We’ve gotta pre­pare now for Cen­tral Square,” said Thomas. “We’re go­ing to have our work cut out for us the next game.

“I’m pleased with the start and hope­fully we can carry it into Thurs­day.”

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