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Friday, November 2, 2012

Soccer preview: Saturday's Class A boys and girls sectional finals

BH-BL's Skye Kaler, left, is part of a talented midfield
Saturday’s Section II finals:

Class A Girls
Match-up: No. 3 Scotia-Glenville (14-3-1) vs. No. 1 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (14-4)
When: 1 p.m. at Stillwater
Road to the final: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake beat Glens Falls 13-1 in the quarterfinals then shut out Mohanasen 6-0 in the semifinals. Scotia-Glenville shut out Lansingburgh 3-0 before edging No. 2 South Glens Falls 1-0 in overtime to reach the final.
Keys to the match: The Spartans are aiming for their eighth consecutive sectional championship. Striker Morgan Burchhardt has a record 27 assists this season and, with 17 goals, is a threat to score herself. Containing Burchhardt, sophomore Megan Malone (18 goals), forward Carly Finn and creative midfielder Skye Kaler will be a tough task for the Tartans. Jenna Retell anchors a stingy BH-BL defense. The Tartans have size and speed in through the middle of the field and led by sweeper Ceci Hyland. Defensive midfielder Rachel Cox provided the winning-goal in overtime in the semis and senior Grace Marola looked sharp in attack.

Class A Boys
Match-up: No. 4 South Glens Falls (13-3-2) vs. No. 3 Troy (14-2-1)
When: 4 p.m. at Colonie
Road to the final: South Glens Falls earned a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in the quarterfinals then scored the winning goal with 44 seconds left in a 1-0 semifinal victory over Averill Park. Troy shut out Queensbury 3-0 in its sectional-opener then topped Mohanasen 3-1 in the semis.
Keys to the match: The teams met in Troy on Sept. 22 with the hosts edging South Glens Falls 2-1. Troy, the top team in the Big 10 conference, is in the midst of a seven-match winning streak. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, have a “team of destiny” feel to them after two dramatic playoff wins. Sophomore Alec Potter scored the key overtime goal while Luke VanDixhorn had the late winner in the semifinals. Other key South High players are attackers Blake Snyder and Kyle Ogden and defenders Jack Greenier and Kyle Clark.


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