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.
Schalmont scored all of its goals in the second half to pull away for a 4-0 victory over Cobleskill-Richmondville Wednesday, Sept. 26, in a Colonial Council boys soccer game.
The Sabres had several scoring opportunities in the first half, but Bulldog goalkeeper Nick Beevers stopped them all. Cobleskill-Richmondville came close to getting on the scoreboard late in the first half with a pair of quality shots that Schalmont netminder Ryan Taylor tipped over the crossbar.
Ryan Edwards broke the scoreless tie by curling a long-distance shot past Beevers early in the second half. That opened the floodgates for the Sabres, as Jared Smith tallied two minutes later and added another goal later in the half to put the game out of Cobleskill-Richmondville’s reach. Dom Scalice ended the scoring with less than two minutes remaining.
Playoff result: lost to Ichabod Crane 2-0 in the Class B Sectional final
Returning starters: Jared Smith (senior defense), Dylan Edwards (senior defense), Andrew Kessler (senior defense), Gabe Comenzo (senior midfielder), Matt Horwedel (senior midfielder), Luca Santabarbara (senior forward), Ryan Edwards (sophomore forward)
Graduated: Justin Bush (goalkeeper), John Sanders (defense), Alex Diana (midfielder), Will Britton (forward), Justin Marotta (defense), TJ Kitchner (forward), John Pareis (forward), Ryan Older (forward)
Newcomers: Ryan Taylor (sophomore goalkeeper), Devin Hodoroski (sophomore defense), Nate Sprenger (junior defense), Dylan Martin (junior midfielder/goalkeeper), Noah Britton (sophomore midfielder), Andrew Kusek (freshman midfielder), Zach Metzold (junior forward), Hamza Noor (junior forward), Dan Tommasone (sophomore forward), Mattia Viscusi (sophomore forward)
Outlook for season: The Sabres return three key pieces to their offense in Edwards (team-leading 22 goals in 2017), Santabarbara (17 goals) and Horwedel (team-leading 14 assists).
“Schalmont returns seven starters, six of which are seniors,” said Urbano. “These seven returning starters contributed to over 81 percent of the team’s goals last season, so the Sabres should have a lot of firepower back this year.”