CANAJOHARIE - Having run through the Western Athletic Conference without a loss, the Canajoharie girls soccer team looked to continue the trend in the postseason.
Hosting WAC rival Schoharie in the first round of the Section II Class C Tournament on Saturday, the fourth-seeded Lady Cougars' first loss to a WAC foe this season ended their season.
The 13th-seeded Indians scored the game's lone goal 2:33 into the second half and held on for a 1-0 win over Canajoharie.
Canajoharie’s Ariannah Logan?(12) controls the ball in front of McKenzie Phelan (13) during Saturday’s Section?II?Class C first-round game in?Canajoharie. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
"It was a very good team effort today," Schoharie co-coach Kevin Scofield said.
Hannah Bowersox scored the lone goal of the game for the Indians, finding the back of the net after receiving a corner kick by Seana Cleveland early in the second half.
"You could see it coming," Canajoharie coach Ellee Fichthorn said of Schoharie's goal. "We weren't set up well and they had a girl wide open."
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
Canajoharie spent much of the game controlling play and creating chances, but the Lady Cougars were unable to solve Schoharie keeper Lindsey Vanier and the Indians' defense.
Canjoharie finished with a 12-4 edge in shots as Vanier finished the game with nine saves to post the shutout win.
"She's young, but she stepped up to the challenge," Scofield said of Vanier.
Canajoharie had the best chance of the first half when Kara Schwab had a point-blank opportunity stopped by Vanier.
The play was a summary of how the game would go for the Lady Cougars, who found themselves frustrated more often than not.
"It's unfortunate," Fichthorn said. "We hustled, but we just couldn't put together passes today. We had the ball more often and we had opportunities, but we just couldn't put one in the net."
After a scoreless first half, Schoharie scored on its only shot of the second half and Canajoharie spent the remainder of the game pressing for the equalizer.
Schwab, Jenelle Dillenbeck, Ariannah Logan and Hannah Bowerman all had chances for the Lady Cougars, but all of them just missed the net or were stopped by Vanier.
Lauren Balfe made just two saves for Canajoharie, which won the regular-season meeting between the teams.
"We knew it would be a tough game because it was a tough game with [Schoharie] last time," Fichthorn said. They're a great team and they play a similar style to us."
In the regular-season meeting, Canajoharie posted a 4-3 win at Schoharie.
"This was the third time we've seen [Canajoharie] this season," Scofield said. "We scrimmaged them before the season and lost to them in the regular season, so we knew they were a tough, well-coached team. Ellee [Fichthorn] does a great job."
Schoharie (10-7 overall) will travel to fifth-seeded Albany Academy (12-5 overall) on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. quarterfinal contest. Albany Academy blanked 12th-seeded Maple Hill, 3-0, in the opening round.
"I'm really proud of our kids," Scofield said. "I know how tough it is for Canajoharie though. They had a great season. We've been on the other side a few times."
Canajoharie finishes its season with a 15-2 overall record.
"We had a good run this season," Fichthorn said. "This was a frustrating way to end it."