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League openers

By Bill Palmer
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

League soccer okay kicked off Tuesda, with some predictable -- and some not so predictable -- results.
The Shenendehowa boys looked like they're poised for a deep postseason run. Yeah, I know it's only one game, a 6-1 win over Ballston Spa, but the two key midfield players for Shen -- Mike Miner and Miles Burbank -- both looked in midseason form.
The Plainsmen, by the way, have plenty of players able to -- and willing to -- rip it from distance.
Shaker and Dave Riccio ruined Burnt Hills' opener, 6-0; Niskayuna got a pair of Tyler Hanfft goals to stifle Saratoga, 4-1; Averill Park shut out Mohonasen.
In the big first-day match in the SC South, Guilderland used alate Matt Schiller header off a free kick to edged Bethlehem, 1-0.
Schalmont has dropped two straight after mauling Troy, 8-3, in the opener of the Capital Cup. The young Sabres followed a loss to Scotia in the Cup final with a last-second 4-3 loss at arch rival Albany Academy in their league opener. Chris Hamilton, though, continues to find the net, bagging a pair against Academy.
Schenectady looks like it might have been a Big contender, had the league not gone the way of the parrot in a Monty Python skit -- it is an ex-league, it ceases to exist. Justin Estremera and Patrick Palmer continue to spark the offense for the 2-1 Pats.
Albany is indeed without its top two players -- Eric Kwizera
N and Manny Ishiwe -- who have found their way to a school in Texas.
Nice to see Fonda win its Colonial opener.

Mohonasen is improving on the girls' side, and freshman Alexis Canavally is one reason why, firing in a brace of goals in the Lady Warriors' 6-0 SC opening win over Averill Park.
Niskayuna is looking strong, despite the loss of All-American Meghan Doyle and a handful of other starters from last year's AA champ. Marika Contonpasis is more than capable of filling Doyle's role of scorer, and the Lady Warriors have an added weapon with the move of Sophia Constantine to center mid.
Burnt Hills took a 3-2 opening day loss to Shaker, as the Lady Spartans look to give coach Brian Bold a 10th straight Class A title. Bold's team will more than hold its own with Class AA heavys Shen and Nisky in its division as it preps for a sectionla run, where the could see:
Super Queensbury junior Brittany LaPlant. Area fans will get a couple of chances to see LaPlant, who will easily have a pair of chances in the next week to see her against quality opposition. Queensbury is hosting 2013 Class A state champ Garden City this Saturday morning, and plays at Scotia on Monday in the only Foothills Council meeting of the season between the two.

 
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