A Wild(cat) afternoon at Maple Hill's Fall Sports Day
“That’s what some of our games have been like,” Yager said. “1-0 games where we control the game. That’s what this was.”
Maple Hill’s defense allowed just two shots on goalkeeper Derek VanAlstyne. The Wildcats had 11 corner kicks in the game and forced Cobleskill’s C.J. Blohm to make 12 tough saves.
Maple Hill (8-0-0, 9-0-0) 0 0 1 - 1
Scoring: MH: Yager 1-0, Morgan 0-1.
Goalie saves: MH: VanAlstyne, 2. CR: Blohm, 12.
Corner kicks: MH: 11. CR: 0.
Tamarac (2-3-3, 2-4-3) 0 0 - 0
Maple Hill (10-0-0, 11-0-0) will host Cambridge (7-2-1, 8-2-1) in the tournament championship game Monday at 1 p.m. at Maple Hill Middle School. Cambridge defeated Catholic Central 2-0 on a pair of goals from Bridget Cuddihy in the other first round game.
Monday's game between Cambridge and Maple Hill won't only be an interesting non-conference small-school game at the midway point of the 2010 season, it will be a rematch of a great 2009 Section II playoff game.
A season ago, Cambridge defeated Maple Hill, 4-3, in the Section II Class CC semifinals. Click here to read that story.
"We're looking forward to it," Arno said. "We played them last year and we didn't quite come out on top. We're looking to come out on top this time."
It was a bit of a strange day for the girls soccer teams. Albany High and Maple Hill played 10-on-10 in the first half since a number of Albany High players were late to the game because they took SAT exams in the morning. The same thing affected the Catholic Central team, which had to use a player in goal who had never played there before.
Maple Hill (10-0-0, 11-0-0) 2 4 - 6
Scoring: A: Mattei 1-0. MH: Arno 3-1, Cross 1-2, Legge 1-1, Czajkowski 1-0.
Goalie saves: A: Waterson, 8; Honeyghan, 3. MH: Briggs, 2.
“I think it was really great that we came together and we really built our energy as we were going,” said Tamarac senior setter Sarah Malsch, pictured, above, who was named tournament MVP. “We started off down and we were down by a lot. Once we started getting point after pint, we started building our energy and confidence.”
The Bengals (7-0, 9-2) won their first-ever regular season league title in 2009 and are hoping to build on that in 2010.
"It makes us better when we play against a high-level team like that," Bacon said. "Obviously, we would have liked to won, but we played a pretty nice game."
In the girls race, the Columbia High girls team passed up the Manhattan Invitational to stay close to home for homecoming weekend and cleaned up at Maple Hill. Senior Anna Boughtwood (19:30), eighth-grader Kaylee Scott (19:31) and freshman Cali Palumbo (20:17) finished 1-2-3 to lead the Blue Devils to the team title.
"I was just trying to stay with her and she just started kicking, so I was like, 'I have to go with her," Boughtwood said of chasing Scott. "We were pushing each other."
"I know what we have as a team. We're up there," said Columbia head coach Doug Hadley. "I'm glad for her, being her senior year. I know Kaylee has a couple of more years. I'm happy with the way they ran today."
Scott, an eighth-grader, finished 10th overall in a time of 19:22.00 in the Great American Cross Country race in Cary, N.C. over the 3.1-mile course. She was the third eighth-grader overall and led Columbia to a sixth place finish in the seeded race.
Anna Boughtwood (25th), Cali Palumbo (32nd), Kailyn Balzano (52nd) and Amanda Jones (53rd) also placed for the Blue Devils. Jones, a seventh-grader, was the top runner at the meet in her grade level.
Scott said that the warm welcome from veterans like Boughtwood has made the transition to the varsity level easy for the youth movement on the Columbia girls team.
"It's nervewracking, because the first day I was scared that no one would like me, but Anna was so sweet," said Scott. "The state meet is so nervewracking because everyone is taller than you and it's so scary because you're the youngest one there. Oh yeah, it's scary. But it's a fun sport, so I guess you just have to deal with that."
For full results, click on the Scribd window below:
Cobleskill 3, Greenwich 0
Feldman (C) def. Collet (G), 10-7
Brust/Shaw (C) def Boyce/Pellington, 10-8
Krisowaty/Moore (C) def Smith/Curley, 10-5
Ichabod Crane 3, Maple Hill 0
Qua (IC) def Duffy, 10-4
Patzwahl/Geiger (IC) def Bhaskar/Wood, 10-0
Downing/Curry (IC) def Dugan/Quint, 10-3
Maple Hill 3, Cobleskill 0
Duffy (MH) def Feldman, 10-6
Bhaskar/Wood (MH) def Brust/Mrisowaty, 10-3
Kirsch/Osmanzai (MH) def Kohler/Moore, 10-0
Ichabod Crane 3, Greenwich 0
Qua (IC) def Collet, 10-0
Geiger/Patwahl (IC) def Pellington/Smith, 10-0
Downing/Geiger (IC) def Boyce/Curley, 10-5
Ichabod Crane 3, Cobleskill 0
Qua (IC) def Feldman, 10-1
Patzwahl/Geiger (IC) def Brust/Shaw, 10-1
Geiger/Curry (IC) def Krisowaty/Moore, 10-0
Maple Hill 3, Greenwich 0
Duffy (MH) dfe Collet, 10-5
Bhaskar/Quint (MH) def Boyce/Smith, 10-4
Wood/Dugan (MH) def Pellington/Curley, 10-2
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