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School soccer: New terrritory for Mekeel Christian

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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There are many Section II girls’ soccer programs with a history of success.

Mekeel Christian Academy is not one of them.

But the Lady Lions are looking to make history Saturday, when they host the first home playoff game in school history.

“The success we’ve had this year is a tribute to the hard work these girls have put in,” said second-year coach Guy DeAngelis. “The four seniors have seen a lot of adversity, and they are enjoying this season.”

From 1998-2003, the program, then known as the Schenectady Christian School Falcons, won just two games. That brought about a five-year hiatus at the varsity level.

Not that things were much better when the program was rebooted.

“This is our fourth year back, and my second year as coach,” said DeAngelis. “It was tough for them. We only won two games the last three years.”

It didn’t look much brighter this season, as Mekeel got off to an 0-3-1 start. But the Lady Lions put together a six-game winning streak, and take an 8-6-2 record into Saturday’s 3 p.m. contest with Western Athletic Conference rival St. Johnsville at Maalwyck Park in Scotia.

The team got the No. 3 seed in the eight-team field, ahead of defending champ Northville, a team the Lady Lions beat and tied during the WAC season. Mekeel also beat St. Johnsville in their lone league meeting this fall.

A 3-0 win last Saturday over Mayfield locked up the first winning season in the program’s history.

Last year, Mekeel got the No. 9 seed and lost a preliminary-round game to Salem. DeAngelis is hoping his team can play longer into the postseason this time.

Either way, he sees the sectionals, no matter how long the stay, as a fitting reward for 12th-graders Emily Taplin, Lexie Holmes, Katie Pigliavento and Hannah Gallup.

“The effort of our four seniors has been outstanding,” said DeAngelis. “They helped keep this team going, and did a lot in the offseason. They had a lot of committment.”

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake was established as the favorite to win its eighth straight Class A tournament when the brackets were drawn up Tuesday in Latham. The Lady Spartans finished 11-4-0 in the Suburban Council, the second-best record in the top league in Section II.

Burnt Hills started out 1-3-0, before going 11-1-0, losing only once, a 1-0 decision to Class AA top seed Niskayuna.

“Once we got [juniors] Michaela Hitt and Jenna Retell settled in the back, we’ve played much better,” said coach Brian Bold, whose teams have won a sectional title in all seven of his years as head coach. “Up front, Morgan [Burchhardt] and Meaghan [Malone] are playing well together, and the combination of [seniors] Jillian Beatty and Skye Kaler in midfield has really helped with possession.”

South Glens Falls, part of a four-way tie for the Foothills Council championship, the last team other than Burnt Hills to win an ‘A’ title and last year’s runner-up, was placed second, with Scotia-Glenville third.

The last three seasons, Beth-lehem has beaten Shenendehowa for the girls’ Class AA title, but this year those teams will meet in a quarterfinal Tuesday at Shenendehowa. Guilderland got the second seed, with Saratoga Springs third.

State champion Schalmont (16-0-0) got the top seed as it takes a 39-game winning streak into the postseason in Class B. Broadalbin-Perth, last year’s other finalist, got the third seed behind Big 10 champ Catholic Central. If Broadalbin-Perth gets to the final, it will have played all four postseason games on turf.

Returning state co-champ Hoosick Falls drew the No. 1 seed in the deep Class C brackets, with Adirondack League champ Fort Ann on top in Class D.

SABRES READY

Even though his team will not have played in eight days, Schalmont boys’ coach Jason Beck likes his team’s draw in the Class B brackets, beginning with a Thursday night home contest with Colonial Council rival Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.

“We’re a six [seed], but we’re not in a bad spot,” said Beck, whose team was 10-2-1 in league play and 11-3-1 overall. “Any coach will tell you there’s a lot of luck involved at this stage, but I’m happy we’re away from [No. 1 seed] Ichabod Crane and [returning state champ] Broadalbin-Perth.”

A win would put the Sabres into Saturday’s quarterfinals, most likely at No. 3 Greenville (12-1-1 league) of the Patroon Conference. Wasaren League champ Schuylerville (13-1-0) is seeded second.

“The biggest unknown in sectionals is that you haven’t seen the teams you might play,” said Beck.

Broadalbin-Perth (10-1-1) was put fourth, on the basis of league winning percentage.

Unbeaten Bethlehem (14-0-2) has a projected final with Big 10 champ Albany in the Class AA brackets, though the Falcons could have to get through Guilderland (10-4-2) in the semis.

Shenendehowa (12-2-2) and Niskayuna (10-4-2), the top two teams in the Suburban North, are in the other half. Only four of the nine Suburban Council schools had winning records.

Albany Academy (14-1-0 in the Colonial) got the top seed over Foothills co-champ Scotia-Glenville, with Big 10 champ Troy third.

Mohonasen, the defending champion and winner three of the last four years, was put at No. 10. The 4-11-1 Mighty Warriors play at Lansingburgh. A win would set up a quarterfinal with Scotia for the fifth straight year. The previous four winners have gone on to take the class title.

Galway, with the top overall record in the WAC, was seeded second to Lake George in Class C, with Mekeel fourth. Fort Plain hosts Mayfield in a Friday opener.

Loudonville Christian School (7-0-5 in the CHVL, 10-1-5 overall) is the top seed in Class B, with two-time returning champ Fort Ann second. Northville, 6-6-2 in the WAC, but 4-0-2 in the tough North Division, is fourth.

BOYS

CLASS AA

First round

Today

Big 10 4-LaSalle (6-9-0) at SC-4 Guilderland (10-4-2), 3.

Thursday

SC-8 Ballston Spa (4-10-2) at SC-7 Columbia (6-8-2), 7; SC-9 Saratoga Springs (2-12-2) at Big 10-1 Albany (9-3-3), at Plumeri Sports Complex, 7:30.

Friday

SC-6 Colonie (5-9-2) at Big 10-2 CBA (8-6-2), 3; SC-5 Shaker (6-9-1) at Big 10-3 Schenectady (5-7-3), 3 or 7.

Quarterfinals

Oct. 29

Columbia/Ballston Spa winner at SC-1 Bethlehem (14-0-2), 3; LaSalle/Guilderland winner vs. Saratoga Springs/Albany winner, tba; Colonie/CBA winner at SC-2 Shenendehowa (12-2-2), 7; Shaker/Schen-ectady winner at SC-3 Niskayuna (10-4-2), 3.

Semifinals

Nov. 1

at Colonie

Shenendehowa bracket, 5; Bethlehem bracket, 7.

Championship

Nov. 5

at Colonie

Semifinals winners, 6.

CLASS A

First round

Thursday

9-Amsterdam (6-9-1) at 8-Averill Park (6-10-0), 3; 10-Mohonasen (4-11-1) at 7-Lansingburgh (5-6-2), 3.

Quarterfinals

Saturday

Amsterdam/Averill Park winner at 1-Albany Academy (14-1-0), 3; 5-Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at 4-South Glens Falls (11-3-2), 7; 6-Queensbury (7-9-0) at 3-Troy (12-2-1), 6; Mohonasen/Lansingburgh winner at 2-Scotia-Glenville (14-1-1), 3.

Semifinals

Oct. 30

at Johnstown

Scotia-Glenville bracket, 5; Albany Academy bracket, 7.

Championship

Nov. 3

at Colonie

Semifinal winners. 4.

CLASS B

First round

Today

16-Johnstown (4-12-0) at 1-Ichabod Crane (14-0-1), 4:30; 9-Catskill (4-7-3) at 8-Tamarac (9-6-1), 3; 10-Cairo-Durham (6-8-1) at 7-Coxsackie-Athens (9-6-0), 3; 15-Corinth (3-13-0-) at 2-Schuylerville (13-3-0), 7.

Thursday

12-Cohoes (4-11-0) at 5-Chatham (13-3-0), 3; 13-Doane Stuart (4-7-3) at 4-Broadalbin-Perth (13-2-1), 7; 14-Fonda-Fultonville (2-13-1) at 3-Greenville (12-1-1), 3; 11-Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (4-9-1) at 6-Schalmont (11-3-1), 7.

Quarterfinals

Friday

Johnstown/Ichabod Crane winner vs. Catskill/Tamarac winner, at highest seed, 3; Cairo-Durham/Coxsackie-Athens winner vs. Corinth/Schuylerville winner, at highest seed, 3 or 7.

Saturday

Cohoes/Chatham winner vs. Doane Stuart/Broadalbin-Perth winner, at highest seed, tba; Fonda-Fultonville/Greenville winner vs. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk/Schalmont winner, at highest seed, 3.

Semifinals

Oct. 30

at Queensbury

3.

Championship

Nov. 3

at Colonie

Semifinal winners, noon,

CLASS C

Play-in

Today

17-Mechanicville (4-11-1) at 16-Canajoharie (6-10-0), 3; 18-Saratoga Central Catholic (1-11-1) at 15-Middleburgh (6-8-2), 3.

First round

Thursday

12-Berne-Knox-Westerlo (9-7-0) at 5-Maple Hill (9-6-0), 3; 13-Hoosic Valley (9-7-0) at 4-Mekeel Christian Academy (12-3-1), at Scotia Maalwyck Park, 3; 14-Stillwater (7-8-1) at 3-Berlin (9-4-2), 3; 11-Schoharie (8-7-1) at 6-Greenwich (10-4-2), 3.

Friday

Mechanicville/Canajoharie winner at

1-Lake George (15-0-0), 3; 9-Mayfield (11-5-0) at 8-Fort Plain (10-4-2), 3; 10-Voorheesville (8-5-2) at 7-Hoosick Falls (11-5-0), 3.

Saturday

Saratoga Central Catholic/Middleburgh winner at 2-Galway (15-1-0), 3.

Quarterfinals

Saturday

Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Maple Hill winner vs. Hoosic Valley/Mekeel Christian Academy winner, at highest seed, 1; Still-

water/Berlin winner vs. Schoharie/Greenwich winner, at highest seed, 3.

Oct. 29

Mechanicville/Canajoharie/Lake George winner vs. Mayfield/Fort Plain winner, at highest seed, 3; Voorheesville/Hoosick Falls winner vs. Saratoga Central Cath-olic/Middleburgh/Galway winner, at highest seed, 3.

Semifinals

Oct. 31

at Johnstown

Galway bracket, 5; Lake George bracket, 7.

Championship

Nov. 3

at Colonie

Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.

CLASS D

First round

Today

9-North Warren (5-10-1) at 8-St. Johnsville (9-7-0), 3; 10-Salem (2-12-1) at 7-Hartford (8-7-1), 3.

Quarterfinals

Friday

North Warren/St. Johnsville winner at 1-Loudonville Christian School (10-1-5), at North Colonie Sports Complex, 3; Salem/Hartford winner at 2-Fort Ann (12-3-1), 2;

6-Bolton (10-6-0) at 3-New Lebanon (9-6-1).

Saturday

5-Argyle (10-6-0) at 4-Northvile (8-6-2), 1.

Semifinals

Oct. 31

at Queensbury

3.

Championship

Nov. 3

at Colonie

Semifinal winners, 2.

GIRLS

CLASS AA

First round

Friday

9-Colonie (1-13-1) at 8-Albany (9-6-1), at Bleecker Stadium, 7.

Quarterfinals

Oct. 30

Colonie/Albany winner at 1-Niskayuna (15-1-0), 3; 5-Bethlehem (10-4-2) at 4-Shenendehowa (9-6-1), 7; 6-Shaker (8-8-0) at 3-Saratoga Springs (10-5-1), 3; 7-Columbia (1-13-1) at 2-Guilderland (12-3-1), 3.

Semifinals

Nov. 3

at Schuylerville

Guilderland bracket, 4; Niskayuna bracket, 7.

Championship

Nov. 7

at Stillwater

Semifinal winners, 7.

CLASS A

First round

Today

9-Amsterdam (6-8-2) at 8-Glens Falls (6-9-1), 3; 10-Troy (6-10-0) at 7-Averill Park (3-12-1), 3.

Quarterfinals

Friday

Amsterdam/Glens Falls winner at

1-Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (12-4-0), 3;

5-Mohonasen (6-9-1) at 4-Queensbury (13-3-0), 3; 6-Lansingburgh (9-4-3) at 3-Scotia-Glenville (12-3-1), 3; Troy/Averill Park winner at 2-South Glens Falls (13-3-0), 7.

Semifinals

Oct. 31

at Stillwater

South Glens Falls bracket, 4; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake bracket, 6:30.

Championship

Nov. 3

at Stillwater

Semifinal winners, 1.

CLASS B

First round

Friday

16-Holy Names (1-13-2) at 1-Schalmont (16-0-0), 3; 9-Cobleskill-Richmondville (10-6-0) at 8-Chatham (12-3-0), 3; 12-Catskill (7-6-1) at 5-Coxsackie-Athens (13-2-1), 3; 13-Johnstown (5-11-0) at 4-Ichabod Crane (13-2-1), 6:30; 14-Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (5-10-1) at 3-Broadalbin-Perth (13-3-0), 7; 11-Schuylerville (8-5-3) at 6-Emma Willard (13-2-1), 3; 10-Tamarac (8-7-1) at

7-Greenville (11-4-1), 3; 15-Cohoes (3-12-1) at

2-Catholic Central (14-0-2), at Lansingburgh, 6:30.

Quarterfinals

Monday

Cobleskill-Richmondville/Chatham winner vs. Holy Names/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake winner, at highest seed, 3; Catskill/Coxsackie-Athens winner vs. Johnstown/Ichabod Crane winner, 3; Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk/Broadalbin-Perth winner vs. Schuylerville/Emma Willard winner, 3; Tamarac/Greenville winner vs. Cohoes/Catholic Central winner, 3.

Semifinals

Nov. 1

at Stillwater

Catholic Central bracket, 4; Schalmont bracket, 6:30.

Championship

Nov. 3

at Stillwater

Semifinal winners, 3.

CLASS C

Play-in

Thursday

17-Whitehall (5-6-0) at 16-Waterford-Halfmoon (8-8-0), 3; 19-Duanesburg (3-13-0) at 14-Stillwater (5-10-1), 3; 18-Cambridge (3-13-0) at 15-Lake George (8-7-0), 3,

First round

Saturday

Whitehall/Waterford-Halfmoon winner at 1-Hoosick Falls (14-2-0), 3; 9-Berlin at 8-Galway (11-5-0), 3; 12-Maple Hill (8-8-0) at 5-Albany Academy (11-5-0), 3; 13-Schoharie (9-7-0) at 4-Canajoharie (15-1-0); Duanesburg/Stilleater winner at 3-Mechanicville (12-3-1), 3; 11-Voorheesville (8-7-1) at 6-Middleburgh (13-3-0), 3; 10-Greenwich (8-5-2) at 7-Berne-Knox-Westerlo (10-3-3), 3; Cambridge/Lake George winner at 2-Hoosic Valley (10-3-3), 3.

Quarterfinals

Oct. 30

Whitehall/Waterford-Halfmoon/Hoosick Falls winner vs. Berlin/Galway winner, at highest seed, 3; Maple Hill/Albany Academy winner vs. Schoharie/Canajoharie winner, at highest seed, 3; Duanesburg/Stillwater/Mechanicville winner vs Voorheesville/Middleburgh winner, at highest seed, 3; Greenwich/Berne-Knox-Westerlo winner vs. Cambridge/Lake George/Hoosic Valley winner, at highest seed, 3.

Semifinals

Nov. 2

at Schuylerville

Hoosick Falls bracket, 4; Hoosic Valley bracket, 6:30.

Championship

Nov. 7

at Stilllwater

Semifinal winners, 5.

CLASS D

Quarterfinals

Saturday

8-Salem (2-10-0) at 1-Fort Ann (13-0-0), 3; 5-Bolton (10-6-0) at 4-Northville (8-6-2), 3;

6-St. Johnsville (5-11-0) at 3-Mekeel Christian Academy (8-6-2), at Scotia Maalwyck Park, 3; 7-Heatly (4-10-0) at 2-Loudonville Christian School (11-3-1), 3.

Semifinals

Nov. 2

at Broadalbin-Perth

Loudonville Christian School bracket, 4; Fort Ann bracket, 6:30.

Championship

Nov. 7

at Stillwater

Semiifinal winners, 3.

 
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