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Streaks sharp heading to field hockey sectionals

Streaks sharp heading to field hockey sectionals

Saratoga Springs (13-1, 14-2) has won six straight field hockey games, including a 4-1 victories ove

An overtime loss at Shenendehowa earlier this month was the only thing keeping the Saratoga Springs field hockey team from achieving a perfect Suburban Council record.

Blue Streaks coach Jo-Anne Hostig is OK with that.

“When that happened, I thought it could be a good thing. It turns out, it was. It helped us,” said Hostig, whose Blue Streaks are seeded

No. 1 for the Section II Class A tournament, which begins this week. “Since then, the girls have really come on. That loss made us more mature.”

Saratoga Springs (13-1, 14-2) has won six straight games, including a 4-1 victories over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Columbia, and a 5-2 triumph over Shaker. Columbia (4-10, 4-11) will be the Blue Streaks’ opponent in one of Thursday’s four large-school quarterfinals.

“The last four games, we’ve scored a lot of goals,” Hostig said. “The kids are peaking at the right time. Hopefully, we can carry it through.”

Saratoga Springs did that a year ago, rolling to a second Class A championship in four years by beating Columbia, 3-1, Shenendehowa, 3-1, and Niskayuna, 4-0, en route to the state semifinals.

“You’ve got to bring your ‘A’ game to the sectionals,” Hostig said. “Two good halves is what it comes down to. You can’t have a lapse in any of those games.”

Hostig has seen those costly dry spells happen before. Saratoga Springs took a No. 2 seeding and seven-game win streak into the 2006 tournament and lost to

No. 7 Guilderland, 1-0. Niskayuna won the tournament that year as a No. 4 seed, using a 4-1 semifinal win over No. 1 Queensbury as a springboard.

“I consider every team a dangerous team at this point. Anthing can happen, and it does,” she said. “It’s unusual when the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds play in the final game. It happened last year, but I think that was the first time in a long time.”

Though Columbia only has a handful of wins, Hostig is warry of the Blue Devils. The Blue Streaks edged the Blue Devils midway through the season, 1-0, and again last week after the teams had battled to a 1-1 halftime tie. Goals by Taylor Matties, Morgan Powell and Carly Fuller helped the Blue Streaks pull away.

“Columbia always comes ready to play. They’ll be up for it. They’ve played us tough twice already,” Hostig said. “We’ve got to start early and get some momentum

going before they do.”

Shenendehowa (11-3, 12-6) and Queensbury (7-5, 8-10) are the

No. 2 and No. 3 Class A seeds, while Foothills Council titlist Glens Falls (12-0, 18-0) and Johnstown (9-3,

12-5) are the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in Class B. Glens Falls handed Sar­atoga Springs a 2-1 overtime loss, just as Shenendehowa did on Mandy Ferro’s breakaway goal.

The Section II tournament begins Tuesday with Class C quarterfinal games. The Class CC and Class B quarters are Wednesday and Friday, respectively.

CLASS A

Quarterfinals

Thursday

8. Columbia at 1. Saratoga Springs, 3 p.m.; 5. Niskayuna at 4. Bethlehem, 3 p.m.; 7. Guilderland at 2. Shenendehowa, 3 p.m.; 6. Shaker at 3. Queensbury, 3 p.m.

Semifinals

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Saratoga Springs-Columbia vs. Niskayuna-Bethlehem at highest remaining seed, 2:30 p.m.; Guilderland-Shenendehowa vs. Shaker-Queensbury at highest remaining seed, 2:30 p.m.

Championship

Saturday, Nov. 1

Semifinal winners at Knox Field, 3 p.m.

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CLASS B

Quarterfinals

Friday

8. South Glens Falls at 1. Glens Falls, 3 p.m.; 5. Hudson Falls at 4. Taconic Hills, 3 p.m.; 7. Scotia-Glenville at 2. Johnstown, 3 p.m.; 6. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at 2. Ichabod Crane, 3 p.m.

Semifinals

Wednesday, Oct. 29

South Glens Falls-Glens Falls vs. Hudson Falls-Taconic Hills at highest remaining seed, 2:30 p.m.; Scotia-Glenville-Johnstown vs. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake-Ichabod Crane at highest remaining seed, 2:30 p.m.

Championship

Saturday, Nov. 1

Semifinal winners at Knox Field, 7 p.m.

———

CLASS CC

Quarterfinals

Wednesday

1. Granville, bye; 5. Coxsackie-Athens at 4. Lake George, 3 p.m.; 7. Corinth at 2. Greenwich, 3 p.m.; 6. Schuylerville at 3. Hoosick Falls, 3 p.m.

Semifinals

Saturday

Coxsackie-Athens-Lake George at Granville, time TBA; Corinth-Greenwich vs. Schuylerville-Hoosick Falls at highest remaining seed, time TBA.

Championship

Thursday, Oct. 30

Semifinal winners at Knox Field, 5 p.m.

———

CLASS C

Quarterfinals

Tuesday

1. Warrensburg, bye; 5. Salem at 4. North Warren, 3 p.m.; 2. Johnsburg, bye; 6. Hadley-Luzerne at 3. Germantown, 3 p.m.

Semifinals

Saturday

Salem-North Warren at Warrensburg, time TBA; Hadley-Luzerne-Germantown at Johnsburg, time TBA.

Championship

Thursday, Oct. 30

Semifinal winners at Knox Field, 7 p.m.

———

CLASS CC-C PLAYOFF

Saturday, Nov. 1

Class CC champion vs. Class C champion at Knox Field, 5 p.m.

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