Stillwater’s unbeaten streak in girls’ soccer was halted at 52 games Saturday when neighboring rival Mechanicville dealt the Warriors a 5-0 Wasaren League defeat.
Stillwater was 6-0 during the “Fall II” season before Saturday’s setback, and capped state Class C title-winning seasons in 2019 at 21-0-2 and 2018 at 22-0-1. Mechanicville accounted for those three ties.
“Mechanicville is a very strong team,” Stillwater coach Christine Ihnatolya said. “They deserve the win. They deserve the credit.”
Mechanicville bounced back from a loss to Tamarac earlier in the week while boosting its overall record to 6-1-3.
“Everybody came together for a terrific outcome,” said Val D’Aloia, Mechanicville’s co-coach with Karl Gerstenberger. “It was a 100% team effort.”
Manhattan commit Nevaeh D’Aloia, the coach’s junior daughter, collected three goals to lead Mechanicville. Madison Daley and Petty Snyder also scored, with Snyder getting two assists.
“We had a game plan and they stuck with it. The girls were on top of their game,” Val D’Aloia said. “We wanted to play our style and keep possession of the ball, and get all of the small victories.”
Mechanicville broke open a close game with four second-half goals.
“Our girls worked their butts off,” Ihnatolya said. “They left nothing in the tank.”
Before Saturday, Stillwater’s last loss came in the 2017 state Class C title game against Alleganey-Limestone 3-2.
“Before the game, I told my girls to play hard, play together, have fun and stay positive,” Ihnatolya said. “We did everything we could.”
Halftime: Mechanicville led 1-0. Stillwater scoring: None. Mechanicville scoring: D’Aloia 3-0, Daley 1-0, Snyder 1-2, DiSiena 0-1, Hopeck 0-1, Krosky 0-1. Goalies: Stillwater, Conroy, 13 saves. Mechanicville, Rubino, 14 saves.