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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 2, 2006


Myrie’s save a treat as Dutch upset Shen

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — When Guilderland soccer goalie Uriah Myrie dove to his left to stop the final shot, teammate Kyle Klapp lost his shirt.

It was a very cold late October night on Monday, but that didn’t stop Klapp from running around with his shirt off in celebration. The Guilderland senior was rejoicing over the biggest win in his soccer life.

The Dutchmen took out the mighty Shenendehowa boys’ soccer team in Clifton Park in the quarterfinals of the Class AA playoffs. The game was decided on penalty kicks to break a 1-1 tie that couldn’t be decided in 80 minutes of regulation play, or in two 10-minute overtime periods, and two five-minute periods.

"I had a million thoughts in my head," Klapp said after the game. "I’ve been on the varsity for the past three years and we’ve played the number-one seed in the second round of sectionals. We beat Shen. I still can’t believe it happened. I just wanted to get my shot past the goalie and let Uriah do his thing. He did and we got the win."

Klapp was the last of five Guilderland players to get a shot in the penalty kick shootout. He calmly placed the ball past Shen goalie Kyle Boni to give the Dutch the lead.

Shen’s Matt Konecnik stepped up to the penalty mark in front of the goal and kicked the ball to the right. Myrie dove and knocked the ball away, setting off a red-colored celebration.

"I was thinking I had to make a save," Myrie said. "It came down to one. This was our one-time opportunity to beat the defending state champions on their field at night."

"Our kids responded and battled," Guilderland Coach Mike Kinnally said. "They deserved everything they got. They showed so much heart and I’ve questioned their heart all year, even when we win.

"Shen was undefeated, number-one in the state, and the defending state champions," Kinnally said. "Uriah in goal was great. Nobody was going to beat us tonight. I can’t believe it now. But I’m proud of our team."

Even start

The first half was pretty even for the most part, though Shen scored first, 6:53 into the contest. T.J. Popolizio volleyed the ball into the goal after the ball went off the head of teammate Joe Miner.

Guilderland evened the score with 23:19 left in the half. Junior Ryan Lofaro got a pass from Klapp and kicked the ball past Boni for the tying tally.

But, from that point on, Shen dominated the rest of the half with the Dutchmen barely holding on to escape the half with a tie.

The second half was even throughout, as both teams had good scoring chances.

Myrie made a great diving save to knock a ball away and then made a leaping save, knocking the ball over the goal to preserve the tie.

Myrie finished regulation with six saves and Boni had five saves for Shen. The Dutchmen outshot the Plainsmen, 7-6, in the regulation period.

Overtime

The first overtime period was uneventful as Shen just had one shot.

Both teams missed great chances in the second overtime. Frank Campagnano missed a direct kick over the goal and Shen’s David Burke also missed a direct kick over the goal a few minutes later.

Boni later made a point-blank save on Campagnano late in the overtime period that kept the game tied.

Neither team got great chances in the two five-minute overtime sessions as fatigue set in.

Next up, were the penalty kicks.

"We’d been playing for 110 minutes," Klapp said. "We had to hold them and, when we got to penalty kicks, I knew we had a good shot."

Campagnano went first for Guilderland and got a low shot by Boni. John Roche answered for Shen to tie it at one.

Phil Cassidy missed his shot for the Dutch, going wide. It gave Shen an opening. David Burke scored for Shen to give the Plainsmen a 2-1 lead.

Tony Campagnano kept Guilderland alive with a low hard shot and the Dutch were even when Popolizio’s shot went over the goal.

Lofaro gave the Dutch a 3-2 lead in the penalty kicks, but Tyler Izykowski answered for the Plainsmen.

"Pumped"

Then came Klapp’s goal and Myrie’s save to give the Dutchmen the upset victory.

"I got to be," Myrie said about being nervous before the final kick. "I was a little bit. But it kept me pumped. It kept me going."

"This was the longest game I’ve ever been a part of," Kinnally said. "We haven’t had a p.k. taken against us all year."

"It was electrifying and shocking," Klapp said. "I had no idea what to do. I was frozen for, like, 10 seconds. I was just standing there."

Kinnally changed his alignment on the field from when these teams met in September. The Dutch went with a four defender, four midfielder, two striker line-up in the first meeting. This game, Kinnally went with five midfielders.

"We had more offensive chances tonight then we had with two strikers," Kinnally said.

The Dutch also got a big game out of Matt Stillman who came in to replace injured starter Greg Murphy.

"Stillman played 60 percent of the game," Kinnally said. "That is more than he’s played most of the year. I’m extremely proud of him."

Semifinals next

Next up for Guilderland is Saratoga in the sectional semifinals.

"It’s nice to keep it going," Myrie said. "It’s never good to lose you final game. We want to keep it going."

Kinnally said the win was a sign that the club team — the Guilderland United — is starting to have a good effect.

"This is a big step, no doubt," Kinnally said. "I want to dedicate this win to our club program. We have 400 kids and we have a lot of people that put a lot of work into it. You start to wonder if you are going to go anywhere.

"Shen is a good team," Kinnally added. "This place has been a machine since I was at Niskayuna in the ’80’s. They continue to produce great teams. And they are a classy bunch. I respect those guys."


Lady Dutch use team effort in playoffs

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland girls’ soccer team used a total team effort to get by Albany in the first round of the playoffs on Friday.

The Lady Dutch won their first game in the Class AA Section II playoffs, 2-0, over the Falcons but were defeated in the quarterfinals by powerhouse Shenendehowa, 4-2, on Tuesday night. The Dutch had the game tied, 2-2, before Shen scored two second-half goals. Hannah Rosen and Danielle Tetreault scored for Guilderland.

"Compared to last year’s sectionals this was a much better experience for us," said Guilderland Coach Barb Newton after Friday’s game. "It was kind of a weird game. The goals we scored were great goals and we dominated more than Albany. But we were able to set up more chances that we couldn’t put away. We kept the game close for too long."

The Lady Dutch scored one goal in each half en route to the win over Albany.

Abby Fashouer scored the first goal of the game with just over 31 minutes into the half. Jackie DeLuise passed a ball through a couple of Albany defenders and Fashouer was able to kick the ball into the goal for the tally.

The goal finally put the Dutch ahead as they had plenty of opportunities to score in the first half.

Tetreault missed a header and DeLuise missed three great opportunities, including one shot that hit the post.

Rosen and Katie Murdock also had good shots on goal.

Guilderland added an insurance goal at the 7:10 mark of the second half.

Tetreault finally got a shot to go into the goal on a nice volley off a pass from Amanda Best.

The Guilderland defense also played a solid game, allowing Albany to get only three shots. Julie Malkowski made three saves in the goal. Guilderland took 11 shots in the contest.

"I’m happy with our play," Newton said after the game on Friday. "I look at our learning curve and we did some good things. We got some good offensive runs from our forwards. We still have a tough time switching fields. At this point of the season, we try to do the same thing as our first game.

"But this was a good performance by the whole team," Newton added. "No one really stood out. But we’ll need much more next week."

Newton was impressed with the play of Albany, a team Guilderland hasn’t played in a long time.

"Albany did a nice job today," the coach said on Friday. "It looks like they have progressed since the last time we played them, which was years ago."

The Lady Dutch finished 8-8-2 in the Suburban Council during the regular season, a big accomplishment for a team that has been battling injuries all season.

"We’re almost healthy," Newton said. "We still have a couple limping. But we’re improving still. We’re further ahead right now. We’re young."

On its 19-player roster, the team has just five seniors — captains Lynn Tran, Katie Murdock, Devon Rosenberry, Francesca Pezze, and Malkowski.

"Katie Murdock has done an outstanding job in the back," Newton said of her defender. "She’s marking the other team’s number-one striker. Julie Malkowski has done a great job in goal. She’s made some key saves in the last five games.

"Devon’s healthy again and that has helped us," Newton added. "She’s fighting for the ball better than anyone else on the team. And Lynn Tran has been battling injuries all year. But she is great on counterattacks."

The season exceeded any expectations that Newton had coming into the campaign.

"I was not sure if we would make sectionals," Newton said. "We needed to have a .500 mark to go. I had no clue where we would finish."


Panthers’ speed slows Blackbirds

By Tim Matteson

VOORHEESVILLE — The players on the Voorheesville football team were stunned.

Everything they worked hard for all season had suddenly come to an end in the football equivalent of a flash.

Trailing by just one touchdown, the Blackbirds were outscored 28-7 in the second half en route to a 49-21 loss at Chatham in the Class C semifinal game on Friday night.

The loss ends Voorheesville’s season with a 6-3 record.

"They made some nice adjustments at halftime," Voorheesville Coach Joe Sapienza said of the Panthers. "Defensively, they made us work harder than in the first half. Their overall speed on offense was key. They basically struck for some big plays. They wore us down, and their running backs were able to get outside, and we started having problems.

"Athletically," Sapienza added, "they may be the best in Section II."

Chatham was able to overcome the 275 rushing yards of Voorheesville’s Pat Jones.

The score was 21-14 with over two minutes left in the third quarter when Chatham scored on a three-yard touchdown run by Tucker Lancelin.

The Birds trailed by two touchdowns in their previous meeting with Chatham in late September before they made an attempt at a comeback. However, things went differently this time.

"Big plays"

Voorheesville turned the ball over on downs early in the fourth quarter and Chatham took advantage. Lancelin scored on a 26-yard run and the extra point made the score 35-14 with 8:51 left in the game.

Voorheesville was driving, but Chatham’s Drew Doty intercepted a Jay Conde pass at his own 41-yard line and raced to the end zone for a touchdown to make the score 42-14, essentially ending the Blackbirds’ season.

But the Voorheesville kids didn’t give up. They put together a nice drive and scored with 2:35 left in the contest.

Jones ran for a 56-yard score and Cameron Taylor’s extra-point kick made the score 42-21.

But the Blackbirds were hit with another big play; Lancelin did it to them again. Lancelin fielded the ensuing kick-off after the touchdown from his own 15-yard line and ran it all the way to the end zone to add another six points for the game.

It was Lancelin’s fifth touchdown in the contest. He caught a 37-yard pass in the first quarter for a score and had a five-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

"They hit a couple of big plays at the end that put it away," Sapienza said.

Lancelin scored first for Chatham with 1:03 left in the first quarter, but Voorheesville answered right back.

The Birds got a 57-yard run from Jones that put the ball at the Chatham 13-yard line.

A holding penalty on the next play moved the Birds back 10 yards but a pass completion from Conde to Chris Massaroni got most of the lost yardage back. Conde scrambled for five yards and, then on the next play, hit Jordan Murphy for a nine-yard touchdown pass.

Chatham scored again on its ensuing possession. Lancelin gave his team the lead on a five-yard run.

Voorheesville tied the game with 1:14 left in the second quarter. Jones ran into the end zone from one yard out. The score was set up after a fumble recovery by Sam Pelham at the Chatham 32-yard line.

Jones picked up eight yards on a run and Conde found Massaroni for a 23-yard pass play that put the ball on the one-yard line.

But Chatham took a seven-point lead at the half as it scored with no time on the clock.

Josh Hutchinson scored on a three-yard run. But quarterback Zach Kraham had a big series completing passes to Matt Rutschmann, Hutchinson, and Doty to put the ball on the three-yard line.

The Blackbirds were led by Jones’s 275 yards rushing, but Conde also picked up 64 yards on 10 carries and Adam Duncan ran for 59 yards on 10 carries.

Conde threw for 96 yards on nine completions. Massaroni caught four of those passes for 55 yards.

"Great group"

The Panthers were able to neutralize Voorheesville’s dominant defensive front line.

"They did a couple of things for the first time," Sapienza said of Chatham. "Today, they were moving Kraham in the pocket. They were blocking a moving pocket. They got us moving up field and taking us away. Kraham moved in the pocket and that neutralized our defense. His backs ran short patterns and he was able to get rid of the ball to them."

The loss ends the careers for a large group of seniors for Voorheesville. The Birds will lose three members of its strong front defensive line — Pelham, Charlie McGrail, and Jeff Connors. Also graduating will be offensive linemen Steve Cardinal, Sean Hognestad. Jon Fuglein, and Steve Bingham.

Tight end Tim Robinson and defensive back Cameron Taylor will also be graduating along with linebacker Rob Selby, and receivers Curt Hoffart and Matt Henry. Alex Zvinovsky, Matt Miller, and Jimmy Cillis also contributed for the Blackbirds this fall.

"This is a great group of kids," Sapienza said. "They are big in numbers and big in size. We have a group of kids that have been on the varsity for three years. This is a special group of kids. We’re fortunate every year to have the type of kids we have."


BKW golfers to putt on green of dream

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — The Berne-Knox-Westerlo golf team had a great season, to the surprise of coach Don Dennis.

The Bulldogs finished the season with a 14-4 record, finishing third in the Western Athletic Conference and second in the league tournament. What surprised Dennis is how a team with no seniors pulled off those accomplishments.

"We didn’t have a senior on the team," Dennis said. "I’m happy about that. And we had the largest number of kids come out."

Twenty-two kids — in grades seven to 11 — came out for the golf team this fall at BKW. "It was great," Dennis said. "The older kids came with me to the meets and the younger kids went with my assistant, Jeff Teats, to Ironworks or practiced behind the school."

Green acres

The kids that went to practice behind the school were able to work on all facets of their game including putting. A $6,500 putting green was built behind the school. Dennis, with the help of the maintenance crew at BKW, cut the cost from $15,000 by doing some preliminary work on the area the green now sits.

"The maintenance crew did a lot of work," Dennis said. "I think we’re the only school to have a golf green."

The green was built in August after funds were raised from a snack bar run at the school, some fund-raising done by the golf team, and Dennis taking money out of his coach’s salary.

"It was done a week before the season started," Dennis said. "It helps the young kids with their putting. It will help the older kids as well. Without a practice facility, we were a little behind the eight ball. Practice for us meant traveling to Cobleskill, and the school can’t afford that. This is just what the doctor ordered."

The team then went to Blackhead Mountain to work with a couple of the club’s professionals.

During the season, the Bulldogs had an early setback in a match against Fonda, but were still in the title hunt until the last match against league leader Middleburgh and Schoharie. Middleburgh lost during the season to Mayfield, a team BKW beat. So everything was riding on the last match.

Middleburgh came away with a win and BKW also was passed by Schoharie.

"We put in a lot to try and beat," Dennis said. "If we had beaten them, we would have been co-champs. But we got down against Middleburgh, and kids got down and then Schoharie beat us. When we got down to Middleburgh, it took the wind out of our sails."

The roster

The Bulldogs were led by sophomore David Sikule.

"He had a great season for us," Dennis said. "He qualified for the sectionals and we were hoping he would go to the state qualifier, but he didn’t have a good day. But he has two more years to work at it."

Sikule was named to the WAC All-star team this fall.

Juniors Jon Clark and Caleb Grippen alternated in the two and three slots for the Bulldogs all season.

"Jon Clark came on at the end of the season," Dennis said. "He made the sectionals. You need five qualifiers to make the sectionals and he only had two with a week to go. He worked hard in practice to be able to qualify for the sectionals."

"Caleb had a disappointing season," Dennis said. "He was playing fall ball [baseball] and didn’t fare well. He qualified for sectionals last year. It was disappointing for him. But he can work hard and come back next year."

Four freshman filled the final four varsity spots for the Bulldogs.

Paolo Audino was one of them.

"He had a good year," Dennis said. "He only needed a couple of qualifiers to make sectionals. I hope he will make it next year."

Sean Flanagan was in the fifth spot for the Bulldogs.

"He was a pleasant surprise," Dennis said. "He got a membership [at a golf course] over the summer and worked hard on his game."

Tim McIntyre is a returner from last year.

"He had a good year," Dennis said. "He is a nice player."

Josh Rebeor rounded out the meet roster.

"He came out for the team in seventh grade," Dennis said. "But he went out for cross-country in eighth grade. But he was back this year, and I was happy to see him come back."

Dennis also has a group of young players who didn’t see any match time, but could next year.

Sophomore Andrew Cortese is on the cusp of being on the team. Classmate Charlie Turner, eighth-grader Joey Capuano, and ninth-grader Jacob Clark, Jon’s younger brother, have come a long way, Dennis said.

"I’m real psyched for next year," Dennis said. "I had the most number of kids and they are all coming back. And I have a lot of young guys that will be around for a couple of more years. That brings a lot for the future. And with the new green, I am excited and so are the kids."


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