Galway advances with 3-0 win over Crusaders

Galway's Rowan Smith (20) and Catholic Central's Gabe Lammon (21) chase down a loose ball during Thursday's Section II Class C first-round game at Galway High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

GALWAY — Coming off an unbeaten run through the Western Athletic Conference, the Galway boys soccer team opened postseason play Thursday looking to continue its momentum.

The fifth-seeded Golden Eagles did just that posting a 3-0 victory over 12th-seeded Catholic Central in a Section II Class C first-round contest.

Galway got goals from three different players as Carson Scribner, Carter Scribner and Charlie Clarke all scored.

“Obviously, we’ve had a great year so far,” Galway coach Kris Toscano said. “I’m happy for the boys. We just want to keep it going for as long as we can.”

With the victory, the Golden Eagles are now 14-0-1 in their last 15 games since a 1-0 loss at Greenwich on Sept. 9. The 15-game unbeaten run also included a 12-0 record in WAC play.

That’s a long way from last season that saw Galway go 2-11-3 and opt out of going to sectionals. Last year, the Golden Eagles went 2-7-3 in games decided by one goal or lesss and this year, they are 4-1-1 in games decided by a goal or less.

“Last year was tough for us,” Toscano said. “We lost a lot of games by one goal. We have a lot more experience this year and that’s helped us to the success we’ve had this year.”

The game got off to a slow start for Galway, which was held scoreless until Carson Scribner scored on a header late in the half.

“We weren’t really playing our game at the beginning,” Toscano said. “At halftime, we stressed playing our game and we did that in the second half. We needed to come out with more energy and we did.”

After the break, the Golden Eagles scored twice in the first nine minutes to take control of the game.

Carter Scribner scored the first goal of the half after a scramble in front of the goal to make it 2-0 with 36:00 to play.

Galway pushed its lead to 3-0 when Clarke scored sending a shot into the top left corner of the net with 31:08 remaining.

“It was big to get those two goals early in the second half,” Toscano said. “It helped us settled in.”

Though they trailed by three goals, the Crusaders pushed to get on the board only to be thwarted by Galway keeper Henry Flint and his defense.

“[Catholic Central] doesn’t quit,” Toscano said. “They have that belief that they’re never out of it.”

Flint finished seven saves to post the shutout in goal for Galway, which outshot the Crusaders by a 13-7 margin. It was the sixth shutout of the season for the Golden Eagles.

“We had a really solid defensive performance today,” Toscano said.

Connor Fogarty made 10 stops for Catholic Central.

Galway (15-1-1 overall) is scheduled to travel to fourth-seeded Waterford-Halfmoon on Saturday for a quarterfinal contest.

The Fordians posted a 5-1 victory over 13th-seeded Middleburgh in their first-round contest.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity,” Toscano said. “Obviously, [Waterford] is a very good team. I’d love nothing more than to get a win and keep playing.”

Galway last reached the Class C semifinals in 2016 and 2017, losing to Greenwich and Mayfield, respectively. The Golden Eagles last reached a sectional final in 2008 when they reached the Class CC title game.

Catholic Central, which posted a 4-0 win over 21st-seeded Salem in a play-in game Tuesday, finishes its season with a 7-11 overall record.

Section II Class C First Round

Mayfield 3, Doane Stuart 2, OT

TROY — Colby Brandow scored in overtime to lead 10th-seeded Mayfield to a victory over seventh-seeded Doane Stuart in a Section II Class C first-round contest.

Britain Goodemote scored on a pair of first-half penalty kicks for the Panthers, who outshot Doane Stuart by a 13-8 margin to post their fourth straight win.

Joey DePreta and Gael Pena Reyes scored for Doane Stuart.

Aiden Martuscello made six saves for Mayfield, while Hesperes Maripose made 10 stops for Doane Stuart.

Mayfield (8-9-0 overall) advances to face second-seeded Lake George in the quarterfinals Saturday at 3 p.m. in Lake George. The Warriors posted a 5-0 victory over 15th-seeded Hoosic Valley in their first-round contest. The Warriors defeated the Panthers in last year’s semifinals, 1-0.

Section II Class C First Round

Maple Hill 2, Fort Plain 0

SCHODACK — Eli Charlebois scored both goals to lead third-seeded Maple Hill to a victory over 14th-seeded Fort Plain in a Section II Class C first-round contest.

Luc Charlebois had an assist for the Wildcats, who improved to 15-1-1 overall.

Aidan Percey made two stops to post the shutout in goal for Maple Hill.

Robert Jordan made seven saves for Fort Plain, which defeated 19th-seeded Mekeel Christian Academy, 8-1, in a Class C play-in contest Tuesday.

Maple Hill advances to face sixth-seeded Stillwater in Saturday’s quarterfinals. The Warriors posted a 4-1 victory over 11th-seeded Hadley-Luzerne in their first-round contest.

Fort Plain finished its season with an 8-9-1 overall record.


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