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B-P rolls past Chatham, 5-0

October 28, 2012
By JAMES A. ELLIS (sports@leaderherald.com) , The Leader Herald

BROADALBIN - Before Scotia-Glenville defeated the Broadalbin-Perth boys soccer team this season, you have to go back to the opening round of the 2010 Class B sectionals to find the Patriots' last loss.

B-P coach Brian Henry remembers it well. It was to then-seeded No. 14 Chatham.

"That was in the back of our minds and I needed to remind them that the last loss that we had prior to this year was against these guys," Henry said. "We did not forget about it, we had a game plan and the boys executed it well."

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Chatham's Ryder Simmons (7) chases Broadalbin-Perth's Joe Zarecki (3) as he charges toward the goal after beating Chatham goalkeeper Jameson Connor during first half action in a Section II Class B quarterfinal game Saturday at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Powered by junior Joe Zarecki's first varsity hat trick, the fourth-seeded Patriots rolled to a 5-0 victory over No. 5 Chatham in a Section II Class B quarterfinal match Saturday night at Patriot Field.

"This is only my second sectional game that I have played in and I wanted to do my best to help out," Zarecki said. "We knew it wasn't going to be easy tonight and I just wanted to come out and play hard."

Zarecki came through with his first goal of the match with 5:44 off the clock. Defender Logan Ackley received a pass near the left sideline and lifted a cross deep into the penalty area that Zarecki ran onto and finished.

Fact Box

BOYS SOCCER

Section II?

Class AA Quarterfinals

Bethlehem 3, Ballston Spa 0

Class A Quarterfinals

Mohonasen 1, Scotia 0

Averill Park 2, Alb. Academy 1

Troy 3, Queensbury 0

South High 2, Burnt Hills 1

Class B Quarterfinals

B-P 5, Chatham 0

Greenville 2, Schalmont 1

Class C Quarterfinals

Lake George 3, Fort Plain 0

Stillwater 3, Greenwich 2

Maple Hill 1, Mekeel Christian 1 (Maple Hill advanced on penalty kicks, 6-5)

Class D Quarterfinals

Northville 1, Argyle 0

"That was a brilliant cross and it couldn't have been executed any better," Henry said. "Logan played a nice 40-yard ball to the top corner of the six and Joe timed his run perfectly. It was textbook. It is something we have been working on and it was nice to see it work for a change."

It took the Patriots 68 seconds to increase their advantage. Scott Everson launched a long throw in front of the Chatham goal that Justin Marek finished for a 2-0 lead.

It took just over eight minutes for B-P to put its third first-half goal on the board.

Ben Bellandi fired a hard shot on net that Tigers' goalkeeper Jameson Connor knocked away, but Zarecki was in place to notch his second goal of the night.

Zarecki gave the Patriots a 4-0 advantage early in the second half when he followed up a shot by A.J. Klemczak that was knocked away by back-up goalkeeper Casey Jones to complete his hat trick.

Bellandi closed out the Patriots' scoring by beating Jones and finishing the play on the open net for the 5-0 victory.

For the match, the Patriots outshot Chatham 15-4 and held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.

Broadalbin-Perth advances to play top-seeded Ichabod Crane, weather-permitting, at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Queensbury. No. 3 Greenville and No. 6 Coxsackie-Athens also are scheduled to meet in the other Class B semifinal Wednesday at Queensbury.

 
 

 

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