Suburban Council girls soccer: Shenendehowa defeats Saratoga Springs; Bethlehem knocks off Guilderland

The Shenendehowa and Bethlehem girls soccer teams kept pace with each other in the pursuit of the Suburban Council Blue Division title with victories Thursday, Sept. 27.

Shen (6-1-2 league, 7-2-2 overall) shut out Saratoga Springs 1-0, while Bethlehem (7-1-0) defeated Guilderland 2-0.

Sophia DeMura tallied late in the first half to give Shen its lead, and goalkeeper Jen Kirker stopped six shots for the shutout. Natalie Jillson had nine saves for Saratoga Springs.

In Guilderland Center, Bethlehem was locked in a scoreless duel with the Lady Dutch until Katie Hotaling tallied in the second half off a pass from Ruth Hotaling. Grace Hotaling added an insurance goal for the Lady Eagles, who are ranked No. 5 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA girls soccer poll.

Kiersten Becker and Molly Dicaprio stopped a combined total of nine shots on goal for Guilderland (5-4-2).

Elsewhere in the Suburban Council, Troy defeated Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 2-1 in overtime. Abby Burns tallied the game winner for the Flying Horses, and goalkeeper Maddie Rifenberick made 28 saves. Olivia Hayes had the other Troy goal.

Cassidy Carl scored Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s goal, while Kelly Anderson and Hannah Ashcraft made a combined total of six saves.

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