Peru blanks Saranac Lake in boys soccer

PERU – With a chance to solidify a hold on first place, the Saranac Lake boys soccer team suffered a tough 3-0 loss to Peru on the road Friday.

Jacob Dick scored twice, and Ian Spear found the back of the net once as the Indians knocked Saranac Lake out of the top spot in the Northern Soccer League’s Division I standings.

Spear netted his goal at the 25-minute mark of the opening half, and Dick then buried a shot just a minute into the second half to give the Indians a commanding 2-0 lead. Dick sealed the win for Peru, scoring his second of the game with 11 minutes remaining.

“It’s amazing. The league is so tight this year that with one loss, things can turn around in a hurry,” Saranac Lake head coach Josh Marlow said. “Peru played awesome. They played great. It was their senior night and they played with a lot of emotion, and we couldn’t match it.”

Peru outshot Saranac Lake 14-11. Saranac Lake goalie Oliver Holmes and Peru keeper Guy Loveless made six saves each in the match.

“We did a lot of things well. We just got outplayed, and that happens sometimes,” Marlow said. “We have a nice big target on our backs, and you definitely know teams are going to give you their best game. I was impressed with Peru.”

The Red Storm will wrap up the regular season Tuesday when they travel to play Plattsburgh starting at 6 p.m.