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”
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”
STILLWATER – No. 1 Bethlehem and No. 2 Shenendehowa advanced through the Section 2 Class AA girls soccer semifinals with impressive victories Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Stillwater High School.
Bethlehem – ranked No. 3 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association poll – defeated No. 4 Saratoga Springs 4-1, while Shen shut out No. 3 Niskayuna 4-0.
Claire Hutton tallied twice, and Grace Hotaling contributed a goal and an assist for Bethlehem, which built a 3-0 halftime lead against Saratoga. Joanna VanRoyen also tallied for the Lady Eagles, and goalkeeper Shannon Donnelly had four saves.
Leah Radovic scored Saratoga’s goal, and goalie Natalie Jillson made six saves.
Shen – ranked No. 14 among Class AA teams in New York – used a balanced attack to defeat Niskayuna. Catherine Carley, Bella Guarracino, Jen Kirker and Raegan Sames all had a goal for the Plainswomen, and Michelle Clarkin added two assists.
Bethlehem faces Shen for the title Monday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. at Stillwater High School.