Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys’ soccer coach Adam Cohen said his team had been “chipping away at it all season.”
The final chip fell on Saturday, and the result was a Section II Class A championship, as Burnt Hills got up 1-0 early and held on by that score to beat Queensbury at Colonie High.
Burnt Hills (10-5-4) will play Franklin Academy of Section X at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Potsdam High School in the state tournament.
Max Nemec got the BH goal in the ninth minute after Park Scott had successfully probed the Queensbury defense deep to create a scoring opportunity. Scott was able to get the ball through some traffic to Nemec for the finish.
Then Burnt Hills relied on its staunch defense to keep defending champion Queensbury (16-2) off the scoreboard.
“It was an end-to-end battle,” Cohen said. “We knew Queensbury would be very good and very ready. But my guys have been focused on this all year.
“Park Scott created a great opportunity for us, and then we played our game and knew we could limit their opportunities.”
Burnt Hills used the rigors of the Suburban Council regular season to prepare for the playoffs, Cohen said.
“We had the goal of winning a Section II championship,” he said. “We knew we could hang with them, and then it would be nice to be on the winning end. It was nice to get the vindication that we belonged. The kids are humble about it, but they felt like the deserved to be here.”
In other boys’ championship games at Colonie, Schuylerville upset top-seeded Ichabod Crane 2-1 in Class B; No. 1 Voorheesville rolled to a 3-0 victory over Lake George in Class C; and Fort Ann blanked OESJ 2-0 in Class D.
Ian Winchell and Zach Saddlemire gave Schuylerville (13-7) a 2-0 lead in the first half, and the Black Horses weathered a second-half goal by the Riders’ Joe Desmonie. Ichabod Crane, the No. 4 team in the state, fell to 16-3-1.
In the girls’ Class D semifinals, Northville shut out Fort Ann 3-0 and will play for the championship at 4:30 Wednesday at Mechanicville High School.