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”
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.
Julia DiMenna recorded a natural hat trick to lead No. 4 Saratoga Springs to a 3-1 victory over No. 5 Shaker in the Section 2 Class AA girls soccer quarterfinals Friday, Oct. 19.
Megan Piser gave Shaker a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the first half with an unassisted goal. DiMenna struck at the 38-minute mark to tie the score at 1-1 before halftime and then gave Saratoga the lead with a goal off Abby Ray’s assist 10:04 into the second half.
Saratoga advances to face top-seeded Bethlehem in the semifinals. The Lady Eagles defeated No. 8 Columbia 3-1 behind a pair of goals from Grace Hotaling. Kaiden Ring tallied for the Blue Devils, and goalkeeper Sage Smith stopped seven shots.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Shenendehowa needed penalty kicks to oust No. 7 Colonie, and No. 3 Niskayuna shut out No. 6 Guilderland 2-0. Niskayuna and Shen meet in the semifinals Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Stillwater High School.
The Shenendehowa and Bethlehem girls soccer teams kept pace with each other in the pursuit of the Suburban Council Blue Division title with victories Thursday, Sept. 27.
Shen (6-1-2 league, 7-2-2 overall) shut out Saratoga Springs 1-0, while Bethlehem (7-1-0) defeated Guilderland 2-0.
Sophia DeMura tallied late in the first half to give Shen its lead, and goalkeeper Jen Kirker stopped six shots for the shutout. Natalie Jillson had nine saves for Saratoga Springs. Continue reading “Suburban Council girls soccer: Shenendehowa defeats Saratoga Springs; Bethlehem knocks off Guilderland”
The race for the Suburban Council Blue Division girls soccer title became tighter Thursday, Sept. 20.
Saratoga Springs (3-1-2 league, 4-1-2 overall) handed Bethlehem (5-1-0, 6-1-0) its first loss of the season by beating the Lady Eagles 2-0. Meanwhile, Shenendehowa (4-1-2, 5-2-2) tied Guilderland (5-2-2, 6-2-2) to a 2-2 tie in Clifton Park. Continue reading “Suburban Council girls soccer: Saratoga Springs hands Bethlehem its first loss; Shenendehowa and Guilderland play to a tie”
Three goals in the final 15 minutes of regulation helped Saratoga Springs defeat Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 5-1 in a Suburban Council girls soccer game Tuesday, Sept. 11.
After Katie Ramos pulled the Spartans within a goal midway through the second half, Ainsley Cumming struck for two goals in a six-minute time span to push the Blue Streaks’ lead to 4-1. Rory Taylor added an insurance goal with less than two minutes left in regulation for Saratoga Springs (2-0-2 league, 3-0-2 overall). Continue reading “Suburban Council girls soccer: Saratoga Springs defeats Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake; Shenendehowa pulls away from Troy”