Schalmont, Holy Names advance to Section 2 Class B girls soccer final

Schalmont and Academy of Holy Names will meet for a third time on the soccer pitch this season – this time, for the Section 2 Class B title.

No. 2 Schalmont pulled out a 6-4 victory over No. 3 Voorheesville in one semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Lansingburgh High School, while top-seeded Holy Names pulled away for a 5-0 victory over No. 4 Mechanicville in the other semifinal.

Sofia Cassano scored two goals and added an assist, and Davia Rossi contributed three assists for Schalmont in its victory over Voorheesville. Vanessa Wainwright also tallied twice, while Ashley Cirilla and Jules Monlea each had a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper Eden Messemer made 12 saves.

Amanda Gillenwalters and Kaelyn Lawson notched a goal and an assist apiece for Voorheesville. Megan Romansky and Jayden Kelley chipped in with goals, and Emma Farrell added a pair of assists. Goalie Leah Weber stopped seven shots.

Ava Panto tallied three times in the second half – all of passes from Bella Tronco – to help Holy Names pull away from Mechanicville. Grace Field scored shortly after the midway point of the first half to give Holy Names the lead, and Riley Taylor added an insurance goal.

Mechanicville goalie Savannnah Bowie stopped 10 shots.

Holy Names will play Schalmont for the Sectional title Friday, Oct. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at Stillwater High School. The two Colonial Council teams split their regular season series, with Schalmont taking the first match 4-1 and Holy Names winning the rematch 2-1. Both teams are ranked highly in the newest New York State Sportswriters Association Class B poll, with Holy Names at No. 2 and Schalmont at No. 4.

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