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Riders advance to Section II title match

October 31, 2019 12:00 pm Updated: October 31, 2019 12:37 pm

ROTTERDAM — Ichabod Crane punched its ticket to the Section II Class B boys soccer championship match with a 4-1 victory over Cobleskill-Richmondville in Wednesday’s semifinal at Mohonasen High School.

Edgar Gomez scored a pair of goals for the Riders. Logan Groat scored on a penalty kick and Joe Desmonie had a goal. Zach Zeyak and Jack Goldman each had an assist.

Ichabod Crane outshot Cobleskill, 16-9.

Riders’ goaltender Quinn Murphy turned away eight shots. Nick Beevers had 12 saves for the Bulldogs.

Ichabod Crane will play Schuylerville for the Class B title on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Colonie High School.

CLASS C
Lake George 1, Maple Hill 0

ROTTERDAM — Lake George earned a 1-0 victory over Maple Hill in Wednesday’s section II Class C boys soccer semifinal.

Both teams played the ball on the carpet and strung together passes in an attempt to control the game. Possession favored Lake George, but it was 60-40. After 80 minutes, the ball had only crossed the goal line once, but that is all that was needed. 

Midway into the first half, central midfielder Sam Knauf was taken down just outside the area for a free kick. Ethan Knauf curled his shot around the wall and into the near post for what would end up being the game winner. 

Just before that, Hill had a great opportunity to take that same 1-0 lead when Dominic Hirschoff broke into the box 1 v 1 with the keeper, and as he was coming toward goal, picking his spot in the nets to place what would be the game winner, defender Garrett Dunsmore’s hustle caught up to him and deflected his attempt wide. 

With four minutes to play in the half, and Hill got their set play chance on a take down in the offensive third, but their attempt on goal sailed high of the target. 

Maple Hill stepped up its game in the second half, and Hirschoff, Eli Charlebois, and Luc Charlebois were all keys to the passwork, trying to elude the Warrior defenders and get that setup to tie the match. 

The Warrior defense was determined not to let that happen. Colby Seguljic, Dunsmore, Patrick Huber, and Jackson Baker all put in solid second half efforts to keep Hill off the scoreboard. 

Lake George took eight shots at goal and Maple Hill had six shots. The Wildcats led in corner kicks, 4-2.