Western Athletic Conference boys soccer: Schoharie defeats Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons; OESJ blanks Canajoharie

Schoharie pulled away in the second half for a 6-2 victory over Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Monday, Sept. 24, in a Western Athletic Conference boys soccer game.

The game was clouded by a injury suffered by ND-BG goalkeeper Cole Nelson when he hit his head against the far post while stopping a Schoharie shot in the second half. The Indians struck for two insurance goals following Nelson’s injury to create their margin of victory.

The teams played to a 2-2 tie in the first half. Daniel Bernhardt tallied his first varsity goal to get Schoharie on the board first, but Will Lawson responded for ND-BG with a goal. Noah Fagnani and Joseph Matala exchanged goals before halftime.

Derek Dietz tallied less than two minutes into the second half to give Schoharie the lead for good. Fagnani converted a penalty kick for the Indians, and Ethan Drinon and Aidan Wellman added goals to create the final margin of victory.

Goalkeeper Bailey Smart had eight saves for Schoharie, while Nelson and backup Nicholas Gosh stopped a combined total of 11 shots for ND-BG.

Elsewhere in the WAC, Oppenheim-Ephretah/St. Johnsville scored three times in the first half on its way to a 4-0 victory over Canajoharie. Jack Brundage and Chinnakrit Aroontheerapoj each tallied twice for OESJ.

Goalie Jared Bentz made 16 saves for Canajoharie.

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