By ROB JONAS
COLONIE – Four members of the Section 2 Class AA champion Christian Brothers Academy soccer team signed their National Letters of Intent at a ceremony Thursday, March 21.
Striker Brady Van Epps signed with Brown University, while midfielder Keegan Vedder chose Rutgers University. Midfielder Eli D’Onofrio will continue his soccer career close to home at the University at Albany, and defender Quinn Becker will be a couple of hours west playing for nationally-ranked Syracuse University.
“They’re hard working players, but they have a high level of soccer intelligence and that’s what makes the difference,” said CBA soccer coach Phil Farinacci. “They have the foundation they need to get to the next level.”
All four players said they only dreamed about playing at the Division I level when they first joined the varsity program.
“It kind of came out of nowhere. I started slow, but I worked hard to get better and it showed,” said Vedder.
“It was definitely a goal, but it was a dream,” added Van Epps. “I had to keep pushing and working hard.” Continue reading “Four CBA soccer players sign Division I letters of intent”
Ichabod Crane senior midfielder Anthony Carlucci received his second consecutive first team recognition when the United Soccer Coaches announced its All-New York boys soccer team Friday, Dec. 14.
Carlucci was named to the small schools division (classes B, C and D) first team after putting together a strong 2018 campaign, in which he scored 16 goals in leading the Riders to the Section 2 Class B final. Teammate Gio Gomez was selected as a fifth team all-star. Continue reading “Boys soccer: Anthony Carlucci receives first team all-state honors for second time”
GUILDERLAND – Some of the top seniors from around Section 2 gathered at DiCaprio Park in Guilderland Monday, Nov. 12, for a series of showcase games. Each game pitted players from different leagues against each other (e.g. Colonial Council vs. Patroon Conference, Foothills Council vs. Suburban Council) and was played before family, friends and college coaches. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 soccer: 2018 Exceptional Seniors Showcase”
Six Queensbury players – including league MVP Ray Jones – were selected as first-team all-stars by the Foothills Council boys soccer coaches.
Jones anchored a Queensbury defense that allowed a total of 10 goals during its run to the Class A state semifinals. Along the way, the Spartans posted a seven-game shutout streak against Foothills Council opponents and allowed league opponents a total of four goals during the regular season.
Four Schuylerville players and three South Glens Falls players made the first team, with the rest coming from Scotia-Glenville and Hudson Falls.
The Foothills Council boys soccer all-stars are as follows: Continue reading “Six Queensbury players selected as first team all-stars by the Foothills Council boys soccer coaches”
MIDDLETOWN – Queensbury and Schalmont fell in the semifinals of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys soccer tournament Saturday, Nov. 10.
Queensbury, which entered as the top-ranked Class A team in the state, lost to Somers (Section 1) 2-1 in its semifinal contest. Lucas Fecci and John Riina scored for Somers, while Aidan Jordi-Donnelly had a second-half goal for Queensbury.
Schalmont fell to Section 3 champion Westhil 3-1 in the Class B semifinals. Mark Etoll, Jack Grooms and Braden Krzykowski notched goals for Westhill, while Devin Renaud tallied for Schalmont.
With heavy rain in the forecast for Middletown Friday night, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has moved the site of the Class A boys soccer semifinals.
Section 2 champion Queensbury will meet Section 1 champion Somers Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:30 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. The winner of that contest will play either Brighton (Section 5) or Amityville (Section 11) in the finals Sunday, Nov. 11, at 8:30 a.m. at Middletown High School’s turf field. The semifinals were scheduled to be played at one of the grass fields at the Middletown school district complex.
There is no change to the Class B schedule. Section 2 champion Schalmont meets Section 3 representative Westhill Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Middletown High School turf field. The winner advances to the finals Sunday at 10:30 a.m. against either East Aurora (Section 6) or Briarcliff (Section 1).
Schalmont (Class B) and Queensbury (Class A) will represent Section 2 at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Boys Soccer Tournament this weekend in Middletown after they won regional titles Saturday, Nov. 3.
Schalmont tied Section 7’s Peru 2-2 in their regional, but punched its ticket to the state semifinals by edging Peru 4-3 in penalty kicks. Jared Smith hit the go-ahead penalty kick for the Sabres, and goalkeeper Ryan Taylor made a diving block with his feet on Tanner Spear’s attempt to end the session.
Peru scored twice in the first 14 minutes to take an early lead on Schalmont, but Ryan Edwards tallied with less than 17 minutes left in the first half to trim the deficit to 2-1. Edwards then scored on a direct kick midway through the second half to tie the score at 2-2. Continue reading “Boys soccer regionals: Schalmont advances on penalty kicks; Queensbury defeats Fulton”
The Western Athletic Conference announced its Division 1 and Division 2 most valuable players and all-star boys soccer teams Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons senior Wil Lawson was named the Division 1 MVP, while Oppenheim-Ephretah-St. Johnsville’s Jack Brundage received the Division 2 MVP honor. Lawson led NDBG with 29 goals and 10 assists, while Brundage posted 32 goals and seven assists for OESJ.
Mayfield’s Evan Lehr was selected by the WAC coaches as the Division 1 Goalkeeper of the Year, while Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Duanesburg’s Tyler Goodemote was chosen as the Division 2 Goalie of the Year.
The WAC all-star teams are as follows: Continue reading “Western Athletic Conference announces its boys soccer MVPs and all-star teams”
COLONIE – Top-seeded Christian Brothers Academy claimed its first Section 2 Class AA boys soccer title in the school’s history by defeating No. 7 Niskayuna 2-1 in the championship game Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Colonie Central High School.
Eli D’Onofrio scored on a penalty kick midway through the first half to give the Brothers a 1-0 lead. Jack Mendrysa then tallied off a pass from Keegan Vedder for what proved to be the game winner for CBA.
Niskayuna – which upset No. 2 Albany and advanced past No. 3 Bethlehem on penalty kicks to reach the final – did not give up without a fight. Late in the second half, Keenan Duggal struck a shot for the Silver Warriors that a CBA defender attempted to clear, but wound up bouncing off another CBA player into the net for an own goal. Time ran out on Niskayuna before it could get the equalizer.
CBA will play for its first regional title when it faces Section 3 champion Baker Saturday, Nov. 3, at Liverpool High School outside Syracuse. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: CBA wins first Class AA title in school history by edging Niskayuna”
COLONIE – Top-seeded Queensbury scored three times in the second half to pull away for a 4-0 victory over Ballston Spa in the Section 2 Class A boys soccer final Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Colonie Central High School.
Teddy Borgos gave the Spartans – New York State’s top-ranked Class A team – a 1-0 lead late in the first half when he converted a penalty kick. Ray Jones headed in a pass from Aidan Jordi-Donnelly eight minutes into the second half to double Queensbury’s advantage, and then Jordi-Donnelly finished a give-and-go with Borgos with a goal to make the score 3-0.
Asa Edwards finished the scoring for Queensbury with a goal off a pass from Borgos, who finished the evening with three points (one goal, two assists).
Queensbury takes on Section 3 champion Fulton in the Class A regional finals Saturday, Nov. 3. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: Queensbury reigns supreme in Class A with a convincing win in the finals”