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”
By ROB JONAS
COLONIE – The Fort Ann boys soccer team won its ninth consecutive Section 2 title by rallying past Oppenheim-Ephretah-St. Johnsville 2-1 in overtime Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Class D final at Colonie Central High School.
No. 2 OESJ led 1-0 with 30 seconds left in regulation when Fort Ann’s Brendan Wright was taken down inside the box to set up a penalty kick. Sawyer Lunt stepped up to take the shot and slotted it into the lower right corner of the goal to tie the score at 1-1.
The top-seeded Cardinals, who had carried the play for much of the second half, kept the momentum going into the first 15-minute overtime period. Wright led a breakaway into OESJ’s territory and sent a crossing pass to Lunt, who directed a shot towards the lower right corner again. Wolves’ goalkeeper Adan Vasquez dove to stop the shot at the goal line, but it bounced off of him and directly to a charging Aidan Barnes, who knocked it into the goal for the game winner.
“This was a tough one, but we didn’t quit,” said Fort Ann head coach Rich McCabe. “I feel terrible for OESJ. They played a heck of a game.” Continue reading “Fort Ann rallies past OESJ for ninth straight Section 2 Class D title”
COLONIE – Aidan Barnes’ overtime goal lifted top-seeded Fort Ann to a 2-1 victory over Oppenheim-Ephretah-St. Johnsville in Tuesday’s Section 2 Class D boys soccer final at Colonie Central High School.
OESJ took a 1-0 lead late in the second half when Mason Snell scored off a feed from Zach Mosher, but a foul call inside the Wolves’ penalty box led to Sawyer Lunt’s tying goal on a penalty kick with 30.1 seconds remaining in regulation.
Barnes scored the game winner for Fort Ann with less than four minutes left in the first overtime off a rebound. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: Fort Ann wins a thriller over OESJ”