By ROB JONAS
SARATOGA SPRINGS – One race lived up to its pre-event billing, while another showdown never materialized at Friday’s Section 2 Cross Country Championships at a soggy Saratoga Spa State Park.
The Class A boys race turned into a battle royale between Shenendehowa and Saratoga Springs, with the Plainsmen pulling out a three-point victory over the Blue Streaks, 60-63. Saratoga had two of the top four runners in the race, but Shen’s pack mentality proved to be the deciding factor.
“Our sixth and seventh runners beat Saratoga’s fifth runner. That was the game right there,” said Shen boys head coach Lance Jordan. Continue reading “A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships”
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 – No. 7 Niskayuna outshot No. 2 Bethlehem 5-3 in penalty kicks to advance through the Section 2 Class AA boys soccer semifinals Friday, Oct. 26, at Colonie Central High School.
The Suburban Council rivals played to a scoreless draw through regulation and overtime, setting up the penalty kick round. Saidali Mesbahi scored first for Niskayuna, and then goalkeeper Jimmy Joyce stopped Derin Gumustop’s shot to give the Silver Warriors the advantage throughout the rest of PKs. Continue reading “Niskayuna advances past Bethlehem on penalty kicks in Section 2 Class AA boys soccer semifinals; CBA prevails”
Goals in the closing seconds helped No. 5 Shaker and No. 7 Niskayuna win their Section 2 Class AA boys soccer quarterfinals games Saturday, Oct. 20.
Jack Cheney scored the game-winning goal with six seconds in regulation left to push Shaker (11-3-4) past defending Sectional champion Shenendehowa 2-1. The fourth-seeded Plainsmen (10-4-1) took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick late in the first half, but they were called for a handball inside their own penalty box early in the second half. Jack Acquario converted the penalty kick to tie the game, and then Cheney won it by heading in Stephen Guidi’s corner kick. Continue reading “Section 2 Class AA boys soccer: Shaker, Niskayuna pull off quarterfinal upsets”
By ROB JONAS
Christian Brothers Academy (Class AA), Queensbury (A), Schalmont (B), Lake George (C) and Fort Ann (D) are the No. 1 seeds in this year’s Section 2 boys soccer playoffs.
CBA earned the No. 1 seed after posting the best record in the Suburban Council (12-1-1 league, 13-1-1 overall). The Brothers – along with No. 2 Albany (11-2-1, 12-2-1), No. 3 Bethlehem (10-3-1, 12-3-1) and No. 4 Shenendehowa (10-3-1, 10-3-1) – received byes through the first round.
Queensbury (15-1-0), No. 2 Albany Academy (11-5-0), No. 3 Averill Park (6-8-2), No. 4 South Glens Falls (10-6-0) and No. 5 Mohonasen (9-5-2) all received byes in Class A.
Here are all of the match-ups for the first two rounds of Sectionals: Continue reading “Section 2 boys soccer playoff seedings are set”
By ROB JONAS
The playoff seedings for the Section 2 Class A, C and D football playoffs are set, but Class AA and B match-ups are still in the air following Sunday’s seeding meeting.
Shaker (7-0) will be the No. 1 seed in Class AA when the four-team playoff begins Oct. 26, while Shenendehowa (6-1) and Saratoga Springs (6-1) will battle each other Friday, Oct. 19, for the No. 2 seed. The No. 4 seed is up for grabs between Guilderland (4-3), Bethlehem (3-4), Christian Brothers Academy (3-4) and Niskayuna (3-4). A Guilderland victory over CBA Friday guarantees the Dutchmen the No. 4 seed, while a CBA win plus Niskayuna and Bethlehem wins would create a four-way tie for fourth place. Continue reading “Section 2 football playoff brackets are partially set”
DELMAR – Christian Brothers Academy wrapped up the best record in the Suburban Council by defeating Bethlehem 4-2 Saturday, Oct. 13, in a boys soccer game.
John Mendrysa scored all of his team’s goals to lead the Brothers (12-1-1 league, 25 points) to victory and likely the No. 1 seed for the Section 2 Class AA playoffs. Gabe Kaprielian tallied twice for the Eagles (10-3-1, 21 points). Continue reading “Scenes from Suburban Council boys soccer: CBA doubles up Bethlehem”
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. Continue reading “Suburban Council boys soccer: Albany rallies to tie Shaker; CBA takes sole possession of first place with win over Averill Park”
SCHENECTADY – The annual Grout Run took place Saturday, Oct. 6, at Schenectady’s Central Park. More than 20 teams from around New York State ran on the 2.75-mile road course in and around the park.
Washingtonville (Section 9), Shaker and Broadalbin-Perth won their respective boys varsity division team titles; while Shaker, Greenwich and Duanesburg took the girls varsity division team titles. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 cross country: Grout Run 2018 highlights”
Two of the top Suburban Council Blue Division boys soccer teams met in Latham Thursday, Oct. 4, with Bethlehem and Shaker playing to a 1-1 tie.
Will Augstell scored on a direct kick in the first half to give the Blue Bison (7-2-3 league, 8-3-3 overall) a 1-0 lead, but Gabe Kaprielian tallied with five minutes left in the second half to pull the Eagles (7-2-1, 9-2-1) even. Continue reading “Suburban Council boys soccer: Shaker and Bethlehem play to a tie; CBA extends unbeaten streak to eight games”