By ROB JONAS
NISKAYUNA – Some of the top high school girls soccer teams in New York – including three defending NYSSPHSAA champions and the reigning Catholic High School Athletic Association champ – converged on the Capital Region Sept. 7 and 8 for the NYSSCOGS Tournament.
A record number of 52 teams participated in this year’s tournament, which was held at fields in Niskayuna, Clifton Park and Stillwater. Niskayuna head coach Bryce Colby, who organizes the event with NYSSCOGS president Perry Novak, said moving the location from Hamilton to the Capital Region led to the surge in the number of participating schools.
“We decided to move it here this year, and it just exploded,” said Colby. “Because of the location, a bunch of teams from downstate and [New York City] decided to come here.”
“I think it’s great because you get to go against teams like Massapequa, Shen and Niskayuna,” said Monroe-Woodbury head coach Bill Mpasiakos. Continue reading “A look back at the NYSSCOGS girls soccer tournament and NYS Girls Soccer Hall of Fame ceremony”
After winning its first NYSPHSAA girls soccer title, Stillwater cleaned up when the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports (NYSSCOGS) announced its year-end All-State teams this week.
Brooke Pickett was named Class C Player of the Year, and Christina Ihnatolya was chosen as the Class C Coach of the Year by a panel of sportswriters and coaches from across New York. Pickett was instrumental in leading the Lady Warriors to an undefeated season, as she led all of Section 2 with 52 goals.
Three more Stillwater players were selected to the Class C All-State Team – Keelyn Peacock (first team), Teya Staie (first team) and Devon Wagner (fifth team). Continue reading “Brooke Pickett, Stillwater lead the way in state girls soccer postseason honors”
The Wasaren League girls soccer coaches named Stillwater’s Brooke Pickett the Offensive Player of the Year and Mechanicville’s Ryleigh Hopeck as Defensive Player of the Year when they revealed their all-star teams.
Pickett, a sophomore, led Section 2 in goals scored (52) as she helped Stillwater claim the Class C state title this season. Hopeck was part of a Mechanicville defensive unit that was one of the stingiest in the league.
The full list of Wasaren League girls soccer all-stars is as follows: Continue reading “Stillwater’s Brooke Pickett named Wasaren League girls soccer Offensive Player of the Year; all-star teams revealed”
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”
Lake George’s Sarah Kohls was named the Player of the Year when the Adirondack League girls soccer coaches unveiled their all-star teams for the 2018 season Monday, Nov. 12.
Kohls scored 24 goals and added eight assists to lead Lake George to the league title and a Section 2 Class C semifinal appearance.
The rest of the Adirondack League all-stars are as follows: Continue reading “Adirondack League reveals girls soccer Player of the Year and all-star teams”
CORTLAND – Seven playoff games. Thirty-nine goals scored. One goal allowed.
That was the story of Stillwater’s run to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C girls soccer title.
The Warriors capped a 22-0-1 campaign with a 5-0 victory over Section 3 champion Little Falls in the Class C finals Sunday, Nov. 11, at Cortland High School. Brooke Pickett recorded a hat trick, and Keelyn Peacock contributed a goal and three assists to lead Stillwater in the championship contest. Paige Brinsko also tallied for the Warriors.
Stillwater advanced to the title game with a 4-0 semifinal victory over Section 1’s Haldane Saturday, Nov. 10. Pickett and Teya Staie each notched a pair of goals for Stillwater, which out-shot Haldane 14-4. Goalkeeper Abigail Platt made 10 saves for Haldane.
Pickett’s five-goal performance in the state tournament gave the junior forward 52 goals for the 2018 season – tops among Section 2 players. Seventeen of Pickett’s 52 goals came during the playoffs.
CORTLAND – Bethlehem and Fort Ann each fell short in their bids for a state title in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Soccer Championships Nov. 10 and 11 in Cortland.
Bethlehem reached the Class AA finals before losing to Section 9 champion Monroe-Woodbury 1-0 Sunday at Tompkins-Cortland Community College. Kaelyn Salatto scored on a corner kick late in the second half to give Monroe-Woodbury the lead.
Bethlehem advanced to the championship contest with a 2-1 semifinal victory over Section 6 representative Clarence Saturday. Brianna Price tallied twice for the Lady Eagles, and goalkeeper Shannon Donnelly made six saves.
Fort Ann’s bid for a Class D championship ended with a 1-0 loss to Section 5’s Kendall Sunday. Hailee Mitchell notched the lone goal of the game in the second half for Kendall.
The Cardinals reached the state finals with a 2-1 semifinal victory over Section 10’s Parishville-Hopkinton Saturday. Amanda Godfrey and Sarah Paige scored Fort Ann’s goals.
Three Section 2 girls teams are heading to Cortland for this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.
Bethlehem (Class AA), Stillwater (Class C) and Fort Ann (Class D) advanced through regionals to reach Saturday’s state semifinal rounds in their respective classes. The winners of Saturday’s semifinals play again Sunday for the championship. Continue reading “Bethlehem, Stillwater and Fort Ann travel to Cortland for state girls soccer semis”
Academy of the Holy Names junior Ava Panto was named the Player of the Year when the Colonial Council announced its girls soccer all-stars Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Panto scored a team-high 38 goals and added eight assists to help Holy Names win the Colonial Council Liberty Division and the Section 2 Class B titles.
Four more Holy Names players – Megan Marini, Bella Tronco, Marissa DeMartino and Grace Field – were named first team all-stars. Schalmont, Voorheesville and Mohonasen also had four players selected to the first team. Continue reading “Colonial Council girls soccer coaches name Ava Panto Player of the Year”
No. 1 Stillwater meets No. 3 Schoharie for the Section 2 Class C girls soccer title tonight at Mechanicville High School.
Schoharie needed penalty kicks to oust No. 2 Lake George in the semifinals Monday, Oct. 29. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie through regulation and two overtime periods to send the game into a shootout.
Katie Krohn scored both of Schoharie’s goals in the first half, and goalkeeper Carissa Palmatier stopped six shots. Gabby Marchello tallied late in the first half, and Sarah Kohls rebounded a shot by Marchello for the tying goal in the second half for Lake George. Warriors goalie Samantha Jeckel had eight saves.
Stillwater cruised to the finals with a 5-1 semifinal victory over No. 4 Hoosic Valley Monday. Brooke Pickett tallied twice to lead Stillwater’s attack, and goalie Kiersten Conroy made 11 saves. Paige Brinsko, Kate McEvoy and Teya Staie notched Stillwater’s other three goals.
Samantha Lanoue recorded Hoosic Valley’s lone goal, and netminder Sarah Sheldon had 18 saves.