Suburban Council boys soccer: Albany rallies to tie Shaker; CBA takes sole possession of first place with win over Averill Park

Some movement at the top of the Suburban Council standings could impact seedings for the Section 2 Class AA boys soccer tournament when brackets are announced next week.

Shaker’s 1-1 tie against Albany and Christian Brothers Academy’s 6-0 victory over Averill Park Tuesday, Oct. 9, allowed the Brothers to open up a two-point lead on the Falcons for the Gray Division title and a two-point advantage over Bethlehem for the overall top spot in the league.

Ryan Watson scored a first-half goal in traffic to give Shaker (7-2-4, 18 points) a 1-0 lead. The Blue Bison nearly got a second goal later in the half, but Albany goalkeeper William Bulmer made a diving stop to keep the Falcons (10-2-1, 21 points) within striking distance.

Albany’s David Nti tallied midway through the second half to level the score at 1-1 and then had a chance to take the lead on a penalty kick, but Keegan Flaherty made the save to keep the game tied. Shaker had a breakaway in overtime, but failed to convert it.

Bulmer finished with 12 saves, while Flaherty stopped 11 shots to forge the 1-1 tie.

As Shaker and Albany played to a deadlock, CBA (11-1-1, 23 points) pulled away for a six-goal victory over Averill Park (4-6-2, 10 points). Keegan Vedder scored on a penalty kick in the second minute and added two more goals before halftime for a natural hat trick.

Wyatt Leto closed the first half with a goal, and Michael Puccioni and Dylan Bogdon tallied in the second half for the Brothers.

Albany travels to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Thursday, Oct. 11, to finish its Suburban Council schedule. CBA and Bethlehem clash Saturday, Oct. 13, with one chance to determine who gets the top seed for Sectionals.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake defeated Guilderland 2-1 Tuesday. Owen Muller and Park Scott tallied for the Spartans (4-8-0, 8 points), while Casey Tynan scored a goal for the Dutchmen (5-7-1, 11 points).

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