Girls' soccer: Tartans get another shot at Spartans (photos)
STILLWATER Scotia-Glenville will get another postseason shot at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.
And this time, it will be for the Section II Class A girls’ soccer title.
The Lady Tartans got a goal in the second overtime from Rachael Cox to beat Foothills Council rival South Glens Falls, 1-0, in the first semifinal Wednesday night at Stillwater High School.
The Lady Spartans, who ended Scotia’s last three seasons in the semifinal round, defeated Mohonasen, 6-0, in the other semi to set up Saturday’s 1 p.m. championship game here.
Cox, a senior defensive midfielder, gave 14-3-1 Scotia a win in the rubber match of three games this season between the league rivals when her 30-yard shot got under South Glens Falls goalkeeper Amy Jagerski with 4:57 left in the second overtime.
“I knew were running out of time,” Cox said. “I thought I’d give it a shot. I thought she had it, and then I saw it in the back corner, and all I could do was scream.”
“You knew it was going to be a tight, one-goal type of game,” said Scotia coach Lise Williams. “It could have gone either way, depending on whoever was ready to play. Both teams were ready, obviously.”
Scotia lost at South Glens Falls, 3-1, then took the league rematch, 1-0, at home. The Scotia defense did what few teams have managed to do this season, holding high-scoring Sammy Blizzard without a goal in their last two meetings.
The job of marking the senior with 126 career goals went to Brooke Creech. Sweeper Ceci
Hyland was also keeping a close eye on Blizzard.
“Ceci played a tremendous game,” said Williams. “She’s a tenacious player. She doesn’t want to get beat, and she’s very good in the air.”
“It was Brooke’s job to mark her, and whenever she [Blizzard] got by, I had to step up and help out,” said Hyland.
Hyland, a converted marking back, was one of the most relieved players in maroon when Cox’s shot found the net.
“We actually, finally got a goal,” Hyland said of her reaction. “It was a good shot, too.”
“Their keeper made a couple of great saves, and we failed to score on a couple of good opportunities,” said Lady Bulldogs coach Stephen Philo, whose team lost to Burnt Hills in last year’s Class A final. “That’s the game of soccer. It can be a cruel sport.”
“They always give us a good game, and those games make us better,” said Hyland. “That’s the reason it was a low-scoring game.”
Burnt Hills, looking for an eighth consecutive sectional title, wasted little time in dashing the hopes of Mohonasen, making a rare appearance this far into the postseason.
Sophomore Meghan Malone scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the game as the Lady Spartans went out to a 4-0 lead at the half, adding an own goal and the first varsity score by Gigi Flint.
Carly Finn and Skye Kaler added goals early in the second half.
“This time of year, we hit another level,” said Burnt Hills coach Brian Bold, whose team is 14-4-0 after a 1-3-0 start. “We’re healthy. We’re playing well.
“Being here in the past certainly helps. Something happens to us. We get focused. Not that we aren’t during the year, but we hit another level.”
“Postseason is the best part of the season for us,” Malone said.
Morgan Burchhardt did not score a goal, but occupied the Lady Warriors’ defense and set up chances for her teammates all game.
“She put balls on a rope to kids. She saw holes in the center that other kids would never see,” Bold said. “She makes everybody around her better.”
“I love to play on turf,” said Burchhardt, a junior who has committed to Saint Rose. “It’s fast and fits our style of play, so it really works well for us.”
Mohonasen first-year head coach Vito Urbano was hoping his team would give a better showing.
“I think we’re a better team than that, but Burnt Hills is a machine,” he said.
“The girls have come a long way this season. Mohonasen has been the punching bag for the Suburban Council for a long time. I told the girls I wanted to win seven games in the Suburban Council this year, and we won six.
“Teams like Burnt Hills, that’s where we want to be, but it’s going to take time. Nobody can remember the last time Mohonasen got this far in the sectionals.”
“I’ve got to take my hat off to Mohonasen and Vito,” Bold said. “He’s done a great job this year with that team. They never stopped playing.”
Pine leads Panthers
Rachel Pine’s goal and three
assists helped top-seeded Hoosick Falls to a 6-1 win over No. 8 Galway in a Class C quarterfinal game played at Schuylerville.
Grace Delurey and Allie Martin both scored twice for the 16-2-0 Panthers, while Jordyn Haynes added a goal and Alice Hayden had an assist. Hannah Fricke made four saves for the reigning state
Galway (12-6-0) got a goal from Abby Spagnola, and Lindsey Naughton made 23 saves.
The Panthers will meet No. 5 Albany Academy (13-5-0) in the semifinals Friday at 4 at Schuylerville. Emily Martin, Maura Mulligan and Valerie Taylor each scored for Academy in a 3-0 win over No. 13 Schoharie, as Emma Malicki set up all three tallies. Anna Bryce had four saves for the shutout. Lindsey Vanier made 15 stops for Schoharie.
In the other half of the bracket, No. 2 Hoosic Valley topped No. 10 Greenwich, 3-1, with goals from Sydney Fitzpatrick, Lauren Madigan and Katie Sanderson. Samantha Carlo made six saves for the Lady Indians, who got a pair of second-half goals to break a 1-1 tie.
The 10th-seeded Witches got a goal from Kayla Thompson and 12 saves from Courtney Harrington.
Hoosic Valley will meet No. 3 Mechanicville, a 2-1 winner over No. 6 Middleburgh, in the other semi, following the Hoosick Falls vs. Academy game.