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OESJ tops Germantown to earn spot in Class D semifinals

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville's Isaiah Handy (20) and Germantown's Robbie Eaton (19) chase down loose ball during Friday's Section II Class D quarterfinal contest at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

GLOVERSVILLE — Despite scoring in the opening 15 seconds of the game, the Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville boys soccer team still managed to get off to a slow start in its sectional opener.

Though the second-seeded Wolves scored quickly against seventh-seeded Germantown, the Clippers didn’t go down without a battle Friday.

However, OESJ was able to post a 5-1 victory in the Section II Class D quarterfinal contest at Gloversville High School.

“Even though we scored quickly, we started out a little slow. Defensively, we missed a lot of touches,” OESJ coach Mark Snell said. “We’ve got a young team and there were some nerves out there tonight.”

Max Christensen scored twice for the Wolves, while Ian Hayes had a goal and an assist. Andrew Snell and Mason Snell also scored for OESJ.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville's Travis LaFountain (44) has his clearance attempt stopped by Germantown's Andrew Fecht (21) during Friday's Section II Class D quarterfinal contest at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“We had five goals tonight from four different scorers,” coach Snell said. “That what we want to have.”

Jace Anderson scored the lone goal for Germantown on a second-half penalty kick.

Andrew Snell scored just 15 seconds into Friday’s contest on an assist from Ian Hayes to give the Wolves a quick 1-0 lead.

Germantown responded by creating several chances of its own as it pushed forward looking for the equalizer.

OESJ was able to extend its advantage to 2-0 when Mason Snell fired a shot into the left side of the goal with 18:47 remaining in the first half.

The Wolves got their third goal of the first half with 13:53 to play when Travis LaFountain headed a long throw-in from Mason Snell to Christensen who headed the ball into the goal for a 3-0 OESJ lead.

After the break, the Wolves added two more goals to their tootle in the first 18 minutes of the second half.

Hayes scored with 31:02 to play to make it 4-0.

Christensen netted the final goal for the Wolves, burying a shot from 25 yards out into the left side of the net to make it 5-0 with 22:45 to play.

Germantown spoiled the Wolves’ shutout bid with 4:08 to play when Anderson scored on a penalty kick.

Quincy Bonneau made five saves for OESJ, while Jaden Velez made eight stops for Germantown.

“We’re in good shape,” coach Snell said. “We’ve been improving all year long, we finally have everybody back and we’re starting to come together.”

OESJ (11-5-0 overall) is scheduled to face sixth-seeded Loudonville Christian in the semifinals Tuesday at Mohonasen High School. The Eagles posted a 3-1 victory over third-seeded North Warren in their quarterfinal contest.

Germantown finishes it season with an 11-5 overall record.

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