TROY – Maple Hill won its third consecutive Section 2 Class C boys soccer title by upending previously undefeated Lake George 1-0 Monday, Oct. 29, at LaSalle Institute.
Christian Beber slotted Gabe Ellis’ direct kick past the outstretched fingers of Lake George goalkeeper Mason Flatley late in the first half to give Maple Hill the lead. From there, the Wildcats defense held firm to deny the Warriors – the state’s No. 1-ranked Class C team – any quality scoring chances.
The victory closed out a strong defensive performance by Maple Hill in Sectionals. The Wildcats did not allow a goal in four playoff games, including against a Lake George squad that had scored 100 goals during its run to the final.
Maple Hill advances to Thursday’s regional against Section 10 champion Madrid-Waddington at Potsdam High School. The winner of that game faces Section 7 champion Seton Catholic of Plattsburgh Saturday at Plattsburgh High School. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: Maple Hill edges Lake George in Class C final”
ROTTERDAM – Top-seeded Lake George fended off No. 4 Mayfield 1-0 in the Section 2 Class C boys soccer semifinals Thursday, Oct. 25, at Mohonasen High School.
Phillip Shambo scored off a rebound in the 24th minute to give the Warriors their lead. Mayfield stormed back with a barrage of shots in the second half, but goalie Mason Flatley made several key saves to preserve the shutout.
Lake George advances to the Class C final, where it will meet No. 2 Maple Hill Monday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. at Colonie Central High School. Maple Hill got past No. 3 Stillwater 1-0 in the semifinals on a goal by Seth Roberts off Christian Beber’s corner kick in the first half. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: Lake George edges Mayfield to reach Class C final against Maple Hill”
The top four seeds in the Section 2 Class C boys soccer playoffs advanced to the semifinal round with quarterfinal victories Monday, Oct. 22.
No. 1 Lake George (18-0-0) got past No. 8 Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 3-1, as Alex Leonelli, Ethan Knauf and Justin Blanco tallied for the Warriors. Lake George goalkeeper Mason Flatley had several saves, including a key stop late in the second half. Wil Lawson notched Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons’ goal. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C boys soccer: Top four seeds advance to semifinals”
By ROB JONAS
SCHENECTADY – For the second time since it re-started its boys soccer program four years ago, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons has reached the second round of the Section 2 playoffs.
Wil Lawson’s hat trick led the eighth-seeded Golden Knights (11-4-0) to a 4-0 victory over No. 9 Bolton-Warrensburg in a Class C opening round game Thursday, Oct. 18, at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School.
Lawson’s three goals give him 90 for his varsity career – one that only began at the small private school when he and some other students pushed for soccer to be reinstated. Continue reading “Wil Lawson leads Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons past Bolton-Warrensburg”
The quarterfinal field is set in the Section 2 Class C boys soccer playoffs following Thursday’s opening round.
No. 6 Greenwich (9-6-2) dispatched No. 22 Canajoharie 8-2 in Greenwich. The Cougars (2-14-2) got on the scoreboard first on Walfre Vasquez’s goal three minutes into the first half, but the Witches scored eight unanswered goals to end Canajoharie’s upset bid.
Charlie Gartner recorded a hat trick, and Liam Kelleher contributed a goal and an assist for Greenwich. AJ Rymph, Bill Bink, Hunter Dixson and Connor Smith also tallied for the Witches. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C boys soccer round-up: Greenwich downs Canajoharie; Waterford-Halfmoon advances on penalty kicks”
SCHENECTADY – Wil Lawson recorded a hat trick to lead No. 8 Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to a 4-0 victory over No. 9 Bolton-Warrensburg Thursday, Oct. 18, in a Section 2 Class C boys soccer playoff game. The Golden Knights advance to face top-seeded Lake George Monday, Oct. 22. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class C boys soccer playoffs: Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons vs. Bolton-Warrensburg”
No. 17 Catholic Central and No. 13 Schoharie were among six teams advancing through the preliminary round of the Section 2 Class C boys soccer playoffs Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Lucas Kania had a hat trick to lead Catholic Central (5-12-0) to a 7-1 victory over No. 16 Saratoga Central Catholic. Liam McDonald contributed a pair of goals, and Joe Piperata added a goal and two assists for the Crusaders, who will meet top-seeded Lake George Thursday, Oct. 18.
Luke Apy tallied for Spa Catholic (5-11-1), and goalkeeper Preston Famiglietti made six saves. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C boys soccer playoffs: Catholic Central, Schoharie among teams advancing past preliminary round”
Head coach: Matthew Heiser
Last year’s record: 2-12-1
Playoff result: Did not attend
Returning starters: Jaxson Yacowenia (forward/central midfielder), Bryce Thibodeau (defender), Patrick Murphy (defender), Gabe Travis (defender), Ethan Spaulding (forward), Isaiah Norton (forward/midfielder), Zack Reid (midfielder/goalkeeper), Ethan Schoch (midfielder), Ethan Reese (midfielder), Pierre LeMoine (midfielder)
Graduated: Jason Huang (defender), Jacob Hisert (central midfielder)
Newcomers: Troy Bulter (forward), Robert Jordan (goalkeeper)
Outlook for season: Heiser said he wants to build a winning team at Fort Plain. “My outlook is to be a force within the [Western Athletic Conference]. I want to see us as a competitive, hard-working, always-improving team,” he said.
Head coach: Nathan Forrest
Last year’s record: 15-4-1
Playoff result: Class CC champions; lost the C/CC unification game to Maple Hill
Returning starters: James Mitchell (center defense/midfielder), Tim Berinacki (center attack/midfielder), Bergen Criswell (striker), Aidan O’Connor (right midfielder), John Morgan Gergen (goalkeeper)
Graduated: Paul Mitchell (center attack/midfielder), Cole Ackerman (striker), Milton Edmonds (center back), Seamus Kappel (center back), Liam Krasney (center back), Peyton Russell (center defense/midfielder)
Outlook for season: Forrest said the Spartans’ goals this year are to “compete for the Patroon Conference title and build on that momentum into Sectionals.”