Bree Ford scored on a direct kick in the closing minute of the first half Thursday, and the Guilderland defense made the goal stand up as the Lady Dutch beat Niskayuna, 1-0, in a Suburban Council girls’ soccer game.
The outcome was never in doubt Thursday.
Galway easily handled Mekeel Christian Academy in four games in a Western Athletic Conference girls’ volleyball match that pitted a team at the top of the league pecking order against one that would like to get there.
Among the schools changing leagues during the summer was Mechanicville, as the long-time Colonial Council school moved to the Wasaren League. The girls’ soccer team opened play Wednesday in its new league, though the opponent was familiar. “We’ve always been rivals. So, it’s nice to be able to play them,” said senior midfielder Sarah Erno after the Lady Red Raiders had beaten next-door neighbor Stillwater, 6-0.
The final score indicated an easy win. Dan Symer will tell you it was anything but after leading Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to a Suburban Council volleyball sweep Wednesday on Shenendehowa’s court. The Spartans trailed early in both the second and third sets before rallying in each to forge their second significant victory of the young season.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys’ volleyball coach Paul Sander likes his young team’s spunk, but he felt a comeback was unlikely after the Spartans let a late third-set lead get away in Friday’s match with visiting Bethlehem.