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”
By ROB JONAS
NISKAYUNA – Two quick goals helped No. 3 Niskayuna defeat No. 6 Guilderland 2-0 in the Section 2 Class AA girls soccer quarterfinals Friday, Oct. 19.
Payton Reihs notched both Niskayuna goals to send the Silver Warriors (12-3-2) into a semifinal match-up with No. 2 Shenendehowa (11-3-3) Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Stillwater High School.
“Payton showed up, didn’t she?” said Niskayuna head coach Bryce Colby. “She’s a textbook dual sport athlete. Her physicality, her effort and her athleticism is so important.” Continue reading “Section 2 Class AA girls soccer: Two early goals help Niskayuna defeat Guilderland”
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Olivia Piraino tallied twice in the second half to lead Niskayuna to a 3-0 victory over Saratoga Springs Thursday, Oct. 11, in a Suburban Council girls soccer game.
Following a scoreless first half, Piraino struck with an unassisted goal 25 seconds into the second half to give the Silver Warriors the lead. Eight minutes later, Piraino assisted on Mikayla Bechtel’s goal, which made the score 2-0. Piraino capped the evening with a penalty kick goal with 6:01 remaining in regulation.
Shots on goal were nearly identical, as Niskayuna finished with 14 and Saratoga registered 13. Goalkeepers Emma Anderson (Niskayuna) and Natalie Jillson (Saratoga) each had eight saves.
Ballston Spa shut out Guilderland 2-0 Saturday, Sept. 22, in a Suburban Council girls soccer game.
Caitlin Wania and Sarah Siergenza struck for goals early in the first half to give the Scotties (4-3-1) the lead, and goalkeeper Shayla Andress made them stand by stopping six Guilderland shots.
Goalie Kiersten Becker had three saves for the Lady Dutch (5-3-2). Continue reading “Suburban Council girls soccer: Ballston Spa upends Guilderland; Saratoga Springs and Averill Park play to a draw”
Gabby Alston scored with two minutes left in the second overtime period to give Niskayuna a 2-1 victory over Guilderland in a Suburban Council girls soccer game Monday, Sept. 17.
Olivia Piraino also tallied for the Silver Warriors, and goalkeepers Emma Anderson and Layla Andoun made a combined total of nine saves. Marissa Gordon scored Guilderland’s goal, and goalie Kiersten Becker stopped four shots.