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Tigers hand Clippers first CHVL loss

October 9, 2019 01:00 pm Updated: October 9, 2019 01:31 pm

GERMANTOWN — The Germantown girls soccer team dropped a close match at home Tuesday afternoon to Central Hudson Valley League rival New Lebanon 2-0.  

According to Germantown Coach Mike Pudney, it was an evenly matched contest, but the visiting Tigers capitalized on two of the very few Clippers’ defensive lapses to move into a first place tie in the CHVL standings.  

“We out possessed them and out shot them for the match, but they’re a good team and thy know how to make the most of their opponents mistakes,” Pudney said. “This is exactly what we can expect from the better teams we face in sectionals.” 

In the first half, New Lebanon exploited an overrun by one of Germantown’s wing defenders to have an easy one-two pass play between striker Emily Schafer and striker Tallulah Powers for a Powers goal at 36.44 minute mark.  

At 36.27 of the second half Schafer scored on a set piece from 25 yards out as the result of a Germantown defender dangerous play. 

Germantown goaltender Kaitlyn Stagno had six saves. New Lebanon’s Brianna Shuhart stopped 12 shots. 

Germantown outshot New Lebanon for the match, 12-8.

Germantown is now tied with New Lebanon atop the CHVL standings at 8-1. The Clippers (10-3 overall) can secure at least a co-championship in the CHVL with a win on the road at Rensselaer on Friday. New Lebanon finishes CHVL play on Friday at home against Heatly.