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Wolves hold off Falcons in season opener, 2-1

Northville's Jacob Frank (12) and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville's Ian Smith (22) chase down a loose ball during Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference boys soccer contest at Boshart Field in Fonda. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

FONDA — In a game that saw all three goals scored in the first half, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville held off Northville, 2-1, in a Western Athletic Conference boys soccer contest at Fonda-Fultonville’s Boshart Field on Tuesday.

Mason Snell had a goal and an assist for the Wolves, while Andrew Snell also scored.

It was the season opener for OESJ, which hadn’t practiced outside until last week.

“This is really the first time we’ve been out on a good field,” OESJ coach Mark Snell said. “We were in the gym for two weeks and last week was our first time on a field.”

Jacob Frank scored the lone goal for Northville on an assist from Landon Ginter.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville's Colten Christiansen (18) traps the ball as Northville's JT Artikuski (13) closes in during Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference boys soccer contest at Boshart Field in Fonda. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“We’re still missing a couple of players, but we’re actually out on the field playing, which is what is the most important thing,” Northville coach Steve Clapper said.

Mason Snell scored the game’s first goal, an unassisted tally that gave OESJ a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the game.

The Wolves pushed their lead to 2-0 on a goal from Andrew Snell that was assisted by Mason Snell with 19 minutes remaining in the first half.

Northville closed to within a goal when Frank scored on an assist from Ginter with 10 minutes left to play in the first half.

Both teams had several chances in the second half, but the score remained 2-1.

“I think we kind of ran out of gas a little bit in the second half,” coach Snell said. “It wasn’t unexpected though. I think we played hard.”

OESJ finished with a 15-13 edge in shots and a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Travis LaFountain made six saves for the Wolves, while Landon Frasier made five stops for the Falcons.

“We faced good foes in Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville today,” Clapper said. “It was a good battle.”

OESJ (1-0 overall, 1-1 WAC) is scheduled to face Fort Plain on Thursday at Fonda-Fultonville at 5:30 p.m.

Northville (1-1 overall, 1-1 WAC) is slated to return to Fonda on Friday to face Fonda-Fultonville at 1:30 p.m.

Galway 8, Schoharie 0

COLONIE — Braden Boudreau finished with four goals to power Galway to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Schoharie at Afrim’s Sports Park.

Charlie Clarke had two goals and four assists for the Golden Eagles, while Chris Maher also scored twice. Rowan Smith posted two assists for Galway, while Noah Flint had one assists.

Henry Flint and Ryan Pudney combined to make two saves to share the shutout in goal for Galway, which outshot Schoharie by a 25-2 margin.

Middleburgh 6, Mekeel Christian 2

COLONIE — Kaurice Bell finished with two goals and an assist to lead Middleburgh to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Mekeel Christian Academy at Afrim’s Sports Park.

Andrew Johns and Austin Johns each had a goal and an assist for the Knights, while Brendan Ryan and Dale Vance also scored. Gage Calitri and Devin Lacko each had an assist for Middleburgh.

Len’s Lima scored both goals for Mekeel Christian Academy. With the goals, Lima became the all-time leading scorer at Mekeel with 82 career goals.

Ian Hoop made four saves to post the win in goal for Middleburgh.

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