Warriors can prove that ’08 was no fluke

Maybe Mohonasen’s state semifinal run last year wasn’t a once-in-a-generation thing. One year after

Maybe Mohonasen’s state semifinal run last year wasn’t a once-in-a-generation thing.

One year after graduation gutted the Mighty Warriors, they’re back in a Section II boys’ soccer final, taking on Glens Falls in today’s 4 p.m. Class A championship game. That game wraps up a day of four title games at Colonie High School.

“We had two great players in Trey Jasenski and A.J. Przekop last year,” said center midfielder Gianluca Puorto, who along with co-captain Lucas Flood, are the only starters back from the team that took the field against Comsewogue in last fall’s state semifinal. “This year, there were a lot of new kids, and we had to play more as a team.”

The Mighty Warriors struggled to a 2-10-1 start in the Suburban Council before winning their last three games. Mohonasen beat Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, 8-0, in its postseason opener, then got past Scotia-Glenville in penalty kicks before using Puorto’s OT goal to down Ichabod Crane in the semifinals.

“It’s really hard to win in the Suburban,” said Puorto. “But it gets us to play better for the sectionals.”

Coach Corey Gregg, who missed last season’s run while stationed overseas in the military, said the Flood and Puorto have been big influences on this year’s team.

“They’ve shown the younger guys what they have to do,” he said. “They lead by example.”

Waterford-Halfmoon meets Central Hudson Valley League rival Berlin at 10 a.m. in the Class C final.

The Fordians, who lost to Maple Hill in the 2008 final, won the CHVL title with an 11-1-0 mark, which included 3-0 and 1-0 wins over the Mountaineers.

Waterford, 15-2-0 overall, shows balanced scoring, with Fre Breen, Zac Lennon and Dylan Carlton leading the way.

Defending champ Northville (15-1-1) plays 16-2-0 Bolton in the 2 p.m. Class D final. Schoharie takes on top-seeded Voorheesville for the Class B crown at noon.

Northville has been potent and stingy on defense, showing 10 shutouts and allowing only nine goals all year. Jimmy Cole (16 regular-season goals, six in playoffs), and Josh Ostrander (18) goals are the top scorers.

Sixth-seeded Schoharie beat No. 3 Schenectady Christian School, 1-0, then bounced Hoosick Falls, 3-1, in the postseason. Junior Dylan LaBadia is a 20-goal scorer for the Indians.

Western Athletic Conference rivals Middleburgh and Fort Plain play for the girls’ Class C title at 3 p.m. at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

For top-seeded Middleburgh, it will be the third WAC opponent in as many postseason games. The 14-3-1 Knights downed Duanesburg and Mayfield to reach the final. Amanda Roney, Amber Reinheimer and Cassie Sander lead a capable offense.

Fort Plain, the sixth-seed, goes after the top seed after taking out No.3 St. Johnsville/Oppenheim-Ephratah and second-seeded Waterford-Halfmoon, both by 2-1 scores, both in sudden overtime.

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