NORTHVILLE -The Northville girls soccer team took its first step toward the opportunity to play for a fifth-straight Section II Class D championship.
After playing to a scoreless halftime draw with No. 5 Bolton, the fourth-seeded Lady Falcons punched in a direct kick with 16:38 left in the match to defeat the Eagles 1-0 Saturday at Northville High School.
"I think we started out strong and in the last 10 minutes of the first half we settled in too much and got a little too comfortable," Northville coach Chris Edwards said. "Then we got stuck in that mode at the beginning of the second half as well."
Northville’s Charlotte Kalkbrenner (14) clears the ball away from Bolton’s Caroline Clesceri (4) during Section II Class D quarterfinal action Saturday at Northville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Northville developed a passing rhythm early in the opening half but were matched by solid play from the Eagles' back line.
The Lady Falcons' best scoring opportunities in the opening 40 minutes came on a 20-yard direct kick by Mary Ryan and a shot by Veronica Aceri that rolled just wide of the goal.
Bolton put on a late first-half rush, using long passes against a drawn up Northville defense. with less than two minutes left in the half, Erin Courchaine sent a long pass forward to Olivia Seamans on a break away.
Class B Quarterfinals
Broadalbin-Perth 5, Schuylerville 0
Class C First Round
Schoharie 1, Canajoharie 0
Galway 3, Berlin 2
Hoosick Falls 8, Waterford 0
Mechanicville 2, Stillwater 1
Hoosic Valley 3, Lake George 0
Albany Academy 3, Maple Hill 0
Greenwich 3, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 0
Middleburgh 2, Voorheesville 0
Class D Quarterfinals
Northville 1, Bolton 0
St. Johnsville 1, Mekeel Christian 0
Fort Ann 2, Salem 0
Northville sweeper Abby Moore angled back and cut off Seamans' run and cleared the ball wide to end the threat.
The Eagles opened the second half on the attack and narrowly missed on a scoring opportunity when Seamans' cross was headed high over the bar by Couchaine.
Northville began getting back into its possession-style game and, after a pushing foul, were awarded a direct kick along the left sideline deep in the Bolton defensive zone.
Ryan bent the direct kick inside the near post to give the Lady Falcons a 1-0 edge with 16:38 left to play.
The Eagles rallied back with strong runs that were shut down by the Northville back line and goalkeeper Joanna Schulte to preserve the win.
The Lady Falcons outshot Bolton 6-3, while the Eagles held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Northville advances to the Class D semifinals and will face top-seeded Fort Ann in a game scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Broadalbin-Perth. No. 6 St. Johnsville and No. 2 Loudonville Christian will square off in the other semifinal match at 4 p.m. also at Broadalbin-Perth.
St. Johnsville edged No. 3 Mekeel Christian Academy on?Saturday, 1-0.
"We get to go back to Broadalbin to face Fort Ann," Edwards said. "It was a good battle today. If any game is up for grabs it is at this time of the year where everybody is playing their best. The girls are excited about going back to Broadalbin and having a chance to keep the season going."