Local roundup, Weds., Oct. 13
GLENS FALLS -- If you’re a betting man, there would be no better lock than backing the Maple Hill High School boys soccer team in the postseason.
The classification may change from year to year, but the Wildcats have a regular seat set at the final table of the Section II playoffs.
Under veteran coach Dan Gillespie, Maple Hill has won a sectional title nine of the last 10 seasons and even more incredibly, the Wildcats have claimed a piece of Section II hardware 17 times in the past 22 years (finishing second in 1999 & ’91).
The players change, but the success remains the same.
On Tuesday, junior Steven Sepowski recorded a hat trick and fellow junior Jakob Yeager added two goals as Maple Hill defeated Chatham 5-2 in a Class B semifinal at Morse Field.
"There are always high expectations," Sepowski said. "We try to do our best every year."
Maple Hill has won 11 Class C titles and four more at the Class CC level since 1988.
This is the team’s first crack at Class B and so far the Wildcats (18-1-0) haven’t missed a beat.
"We’ve had a good program," Gillespie said. "We’ve been very lucky. The kids have always played hard and I have good coaches under me in the youth programs. It’s a sport that we’ve done really well at."
Burnt Hills 1, Scotia 0: Morgan Burchardt scored off a feed from Bryony Striffler to spark the No. 1 seed Spartans in a semifinal round triumph. Scotia goalkeeper Molly Cox made 12 saves in net.
Schalmont 3, South Glens Falls 1: Megan Strijek netted a hat trick to lift the No. 2 Sabres into the championship game against No. 1 Burnt Hills.
Paige Howk scored for the Lady Bulldogs and Ali Smith made six saves in the loss.
Lauren Renaud stopped six shots in net for Schalmont.
Chatham 2, Schuylerville 1 (2 0T): Jenelle Wallace scored the game winner with 5:18 left in the second overtime to lift No. 5 Chatham to victory in a semifinal round tilt at Stillwater High. Jordan Welch put the Black Horses on top with 1:25 left in the first half.
Victoria Bemiss tallied the game tying goal for the Panthers in the second half.
Brittany Lossow made ten saves in net for Chatham while Brianna Miller stopped six shots for Schuylerville.
Northville 5, Fort Ann 2: Francesca Robinson notched a hat trick to pace Northville in a championship game victory at Stillwater High.
Jessica Hassan and Nateasha Willams added single goals for Northville.
Kara White scored a goal for Fort Ann.
Greenwich 1, Fort Plain 0: Ian Kelly scored the game’s only goal with 6:32 remaining in the first half to pace No. 4 Greenwich in a semifinal round contest at Johnstown High.
The Witches will face No. 3 Schoharie on Saturday at 10 am in the championship game at Colonie High.
Schoharie 0, Lake George 0 (SO): The Indians advance to the championship game after a scoreless contest entered a penalty kick shootout with Schoharie winning 4-2.
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