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Soccer: Bethlehem boys edge Shaker in Suburban Council showdown

The Bethlehem boys soccer team made an early goal stand up in a 1-0 Suburban Council victory over Shaker Thursday, Sept. 5, in Latham.

Bethlehem received a corner kick one minute into the contest after Shaker’s defense cleared the ball over its own end line. On the corner itself, the ball bounced around the penalty box until Salko Kanic knocked it into the back of the net to give the Eagles the lead.

Both teams had numerous scoring chances throughout the rest of the game, but neither could finish their opportunities. Bethlehem finished the afternoon with 15 shots on goal and six corners, while Shaker registered 17 shots on frame and five corners.

Elsewhere in the Suburban Council, Paul Abatiello scored two minutes into extra time to give Christian Brothers Academy a 3-2 victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Abatiello struck in the seventh minute off an assist from Alejandro Torres to put the Brothers ahead 1-0. Jacob Scott converted a penalty kick five minutes later to tie the score at 1-1, but Wyatt Leto tallied in the 29th minute off a feed from Abatiello to give CBA a 2-1 halftime advantage.

Scott scored again two minutes into the second half to knot the score at 2-2 for BH-BL. The game remained deadlocked through the remained of regulation before Abatiello netted the game winner in overtime.

In the Foothills Council, Queensbury tallied four times in the second half to pull away for a 5-0 victory over Hudson Falls. Teddy Borgos scored two goals and added two assists for the Spartans. Peter Crawford, Asa Edwards and Brendan Duffy also recorded goals for Queensbury. Goaltender Joey Lapan made 15 saves for Hudson Falls.

In the Colonial Council, LaSalle edged Schalmont 1-0 on a first-half goal by Bennett Beaulieu. Anthony Rotello had 10 saves in goal to earn the shutout for the Cadets. Ryan Taylor made six saves for Schalmont.

In the Western Athletic Conference, Schoharie downed an undermanned Duanesburg squad 17-0. Noah Fagnani led the Indians with eight goals and two assists. The Eagles dressed only nine players due to low numbers and minimum practice regulations.

In non-league action, Greenwich edged Doane Stuart 4-3. Charlie Gartner and Tommy Abate each scored a goal in the first 12 minutes of the second half to give the Witches a 3-1 lead. AJ Rymph tallied twice for the Witches, while Nelson and Lwel Htoo scored for the Thunder Chickens.

Waterford-Halfmoon shut out Corinth 6-0 in another non-league contest. Nate Powell and Jason Cordts each netted two goals for the Fordians, and goaltender Jake Houle made five saves for the shutout, including one on a penalty kick.

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Four CBA soccer players sign Division I letters of intent

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”

Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: CBA wins first Class AA title in school history by edging Niskayuna

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”

Niskayuna advances past Bethlehem on penalty kicks in Section 2 Class AA boys soccer semifinals; CBA prevails

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”

Section 2 Class AA boys soccer: Shaker, Niskayuna pull off quarterfinal upsets

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”

Scenes from Suburban Council boys soccer: CBA doubles up Bethlehem

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”

Suburban Council boys soccer: Albany rallies to tie Shaker; CBA takes sole possession of first place with win over Averill Park

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”

Suburban Council boys soccer: Shaker and Bethlehem play to a tie; CBA extends unbeaten streak to eight games

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”

Suburban Council boys soccer: Shaker, CBA win in the rain

Tuesday’s rain wreaked havoc on the Suburban Council boys soccer schedule, as only two of the five scheduled games were reported as having been completed, while two others were officially postponed.

In Latham, Shaker (7-2-2 league, 8-3-2 overall) edged Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 1-0, while Christian Brothers Academy (9-1-1, 10-1-1) defeated Troy 2-0 in Colonie. Continue reading “Suburban Council boys soccer: Shaker, CBA win in the rain”

Suburban Council boys soccer: Shaker plays CBA to a tie; Albany handles Averill Park

Shaker rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 3-3 tie against Christian Brothers Academy Thursday, Sept. 27, in a Suburban Council boys soccer game.

Evan Austin and Jack Acquario scored within the first five minutes of the second half to pull the Blue Bison even with the Brothers. Alejandro Torres converted a penalty kick to give CBA a 3-2 lead, but Ryan Watson tallied with less than eight minutes left in regulation to knot the score at 3-3.

CBA had more scoring chances than Shaker during the two 10-minute overtime periods, but neither team found the back of the net again. Continue reading “Suburban Council boys soccer: Shaker plays CBA to a tie; Albany handles Averill Park”