The FC Freeze U12 girls have taken home the Northern New York Youth Soccer League trophy for the second year in a row, finishing their season with nine wins, one loss, and two ties.
The Freeze dominated as they outshot their playoff opponents 17-3 and scored seven unanswered goals.
The Freeze took on the Cavs Lake Effect (5-4-4) in the semi-final game of the playoffs. FC Freeze came out strong with Gabi Jones of Potsdam firing three shots on goal. Then Katie Cowen (Potsdam) dribbled around two defenders and placed a shot to the right of the goalie’s outstretched arms for the first score of the game. Natalie Cowen (Potsdam) was in the crease and made one save by halftime. In the second half the Cavs came out strong and fired their first shot on goal with a save credited to N. Cowen. FC Freeze then dominated the remainder of the game with three of their six shots on goal finding the back of the net. Jones dribbled through traffic and blasted a shot in the top left of the net. Sophia Janoyan (Potsdam) then passed the ball to Hannah Butler (Canton) who slipped through the Cavs defenders and hit the left corner of the net. Janoyan then worked her magic and blasted a shot for the fourth and final goal of the game.
In the playoff final the Freeze took on the Upstate United Duck Dynasty (10-1-1), the only team Freeze lost to all season. Coach Eileen Coyle prepared her team well for the challenge. Freeze started out strong with Jones firing a shot across traffic and hitting the bottom right post which ricocheted in for the score. Minutes later Jones fired a shot at the goal, it bounced off a Duck’s player and Cowen connected with the back of the net. Later in the game Olivia Mace (Ohio) drove a long ball up and over defenders and scored a top shelf goal. Jones, Butler, and Cowen all made additional shots on goal which were saved by the Ducks goalie. With the help of a strong defensive effort by Potsdam’s Laura Dudek, Louisa Moosbrugger, Ani Akins, and Parishville’s Quinn Woodward, goalie Natalie Cowen only needed to make one save to preserve the win.