Shenendehowa field hockey wins, locks up No. 1 tournament seed

Shenendehowa's Sydney Reinisch moves the ball in Friday's Suburban Council field hockey game against Guilderland at Afrim's Sports Park in Latham. (Erica Miller)
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Shenendehowa's Sydney Reinisch moves the ball in Friday's Suburban Council field hockey game against Guilderland at Afrim's Sports Park in Latham. (Erica Miller)

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Shenendehowa and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake will get first-round byes in the Suburban Council field hockey tournament after completing regular season play with the league’s best records.

Shenendehowa (11-1) rallied to defeat Guilderland Friday, 3-1, and clinched the league’s regular season title and No. 1 seed. Burnt Hills went 10-2 to gain the No. 2 seed in the tournament scheduled for next week.

Burnt Hills  and Shenendehowa split their two regular-season games, while Burnt Hills also dropped a game to Saratoga Springs.

In Monday’s first round, Shaker (No. 5, 4-8) will play Guilderland (No. 4, 7-5) at Afrim’s in Latham at 4 p.m., and Columbia (No. 6, 2-10) will play at Saratoga (No. 3, 8-4) at 5:30 p.m. Shenendehowa and Burnt Hills will host semifinal games Wednesday at times to be determined. Friday’s title game will be played at a time and location to be determined.

Rachel Sterle and Molly Miller scored fourth-quarter goals to cap Shenendehowa’s comeback win over Guilderland.

Ava Thomson gave Guilderland a 1-0 lead in the first quarter, and Hannah Merritt countered for Shenendehowa in the second. Julie Kuzmich assisted on the go-ahead goal by Sterle and lead-padding goal by Miller.

Guilderland beat Shenendehowa for its first Section II Class A title last season. Burnt Hills chalked up its eighth straight Section II Class B championship in 2019 with a victory over Foothills Council representative Queensbury. There are no Section II championship competitions this fall season.

Shaker concluded its regular season Friday night with a 2-1 comeback win over Columbia. Kate Musser and Isabella Tedesco knocked in second-half goals for the Blue Bison, after Emily Castelli put Columbia on the board in the first frame.

Bugra Karaca scored in the 78th minute to cap a three-goal second half as Guilderland edged CBA 3-2 in a boys’ Suburban Council soccer game.

Maria Tsakalakos scored three goals, Kaleigh West collected two goals and an assist, and Grace Mackey had two goals to lift the Niskayuna girls’ soccer team over Albany, 8-0.

FIELD HOCKEY

SUBURBAN COUNCIL

SHENENDEHOWA 3, GUILDERLAND 1

Shenendehowa    0 1 0 2 – 3

Guilderland    1 0 0 0 – 1

Shenendehowa scoring: Merritt 1-0, Miller 1-1, Sterle 1-0, Kuzmich 0-2. Guilderland scoring: Thomson 1-0, King 0-1. Goalkeepers: Shenendehowa, Kisling, 4 saves. Guilderland, Simeone, 12 saves.

SHAKER 2, COLUMBIA 1

Columbia    1 0 0 0 – 1

Shaker    0 0 1 1 – 2

Columbia scoring: Emily Castelli 1-0, Liz Cohen 0-1. Shaker scoring: Kate Musser 1-0, Isabelle Tedesco 1-0, Keara Papa 0-1, Alvira Tyagi 0-1. Goalkeepers: Columbia, Venable, not reported. Shaker Mary Hessinger 1 save, Davin Testo 7 saves.

BOYS’ SOCCER

SUBURBAN COUNCIL

GUILDERLAND 3, CBA 2

Halftime: CBA led 2-0. CBA scoring: Proulx 2-0, Stewart 0-1, Decker 0-1. Guilderland scoring: Not reported. Goalkeepers: CBA, not reported, 4 saves. Guilderland, not reported, 4 saves.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

SUBURBAN COUNCIL

NISKAYUNA 8, ALBANY 0

Halftime: Niskayuna led 2-0. Niskayuna scoring: Matthews 0-1, Mackey 2-0, West 2-1, Tsakalakos 3-0, Maltbie 0-1, Pilato 0-1, Zimmerman 0-3. Albany scoring: None. Goalkeepers: Niskayuna, Anderson, 0 saves; Mesbahi, 0 saves. Albany, Fish, 15 saves.

 

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