ACCORD — A week after winning their first Section I title in 18 years, North Salem punched its ticket to the New York State Class C field hockey Final Four with a 1-0 victory over Section IX champion Taconic Hills at Rondout Valley High School.

Kiki DeModna scored with 2:16 seconds left in the second quarter on an assist from Brady Elliot to provide the Tigers with all the offense they would need.

North Salem (13-2-2) advances to the state semifinals on Saturday on Long Island where it will face Section II champion Hoosick Falls.

Despite the setback, Taconic Hills coach Angela Webster was proud of her team’s performance.

“I asked these girls to start off strong, to play a game where in the end, they had no regrets. They did just that,” Webster said. “We played a great defensive game. A lot of what we have been working on this season in terms of marking, double teaming, and keeping pressure on the ball showed up today.

“They gave me everything they had and represented Section IX well. Even though a trip to states would have been nice, I couldn’t be more proud of this team. We will keep fighting and will be back here again.

Even though she scored North Salem’s one goal, the Titans’ defense did a good job of holding Tigers’ standout DeModna in check.

“Sophomore Grace Alvarez had a phenomenal game in goal,” Webster said. “She had 12 saves, blocking many shots taken by Kiki DeModna.”

North Salem had 10 penalty corners to the Titans’ one.

Taconic Hills will lose six seniors to graduation: Madison Rowe (captain), Jennie Beck (captain), Kylie Johnson (captain), Kailey Proper, Marilyn Roque-Velasquez and Alexia Vidaca.

The Titans finish with an overall record of 8-7-2.



Beekmantown edges Greenville

PLATTSBURGH — Beekmantown derailed Greenville’s bid for a state championship, stunning the previously unbeaten Spartans in Saturday’s New York State Class B regional game at Plattsbugh High Schools.

The teams were deadlocked at 1-1 at the end of regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods, but the Eagles earned the victory and a berth in the state Final Four with a 4-3 advantage in penalty kicks.

Greenville outshot Beekmantown, 41-4, but could find the back of the net just once when Caleb Motta took a long cross from Cole Flannery and beat Beekmantown goalkeeper Rocco Golden with 19:32 to go in the first half.

The Spartans had several near misses after that, hitting the crossbar on at least four occasions and hitting the post twice.

Despite Greenville’s constant pressure, Beekmantown kept its composure and eventually evened the score with 23:09 remaining in regulation when Marco Mosley took a feed from Ethan Burke and put the ball past Greenville goalkeeper Joey Domermuth.

With the score still tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and after two extra 15-minute periods, the teams went to penalty kicks and both connected on three of five attempts.

Finally, with the match going to sudden victory penalty kicks to determine a winner, Beekmantown’s Jordan Deyo connected and Golden stopped Greenville’s attempt to give the Eagles the hard-fought victory.

Beekmantown advances to play Section IV champion Haverling in the state semifinals in Middletown on Saturday.

Greenville finishes with a 20-1 record, having won the Patroon Conference and Section II Class B championships and rising to the No. 2 ranking in Class B in the state.

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