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Northville closes out season with 1-0 victory over OESJ

GLOVERSVILLE — Though a sectional title wasn’t on the line, Friday’s season finale between the Northville and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville girls soccer teams had the feel of a postseason battle.

From the frigid, windy conditions to the intensity on the field, both teams were looking to end their Fall II seasons with a victory.

“I told the girls to treat it like a sectional game,” OESJ coach Zale Benton said.

The Lady Falcons did just that, scoring the only goal of the game in the first half on their way to a 1-0 victory at Gloversville High School.

The win pushed Northville past OESJ in their division of the Western Athletic Conference standings.

“We had something to play for today,” Northville coach Doug Hammons said. “I’m proud of the girls. They played hard and got the job done.”

Playing in a gusty wind, the teams struggled to generate many chances in the first half.

OESJ’s best first-half opportunity came with 10 minutes left when Ashley Engle hit the crossbar with a shot.

The game’s only goal came with just 45 seconds left in the first half when Kaytelenn VanHeusen found Kerrigan Groff with a cross that Groff put in the back of the net to give Northville a 1-0 lead.

The second half was a back-and-forth battle that took place mostly in the midfield as both teams generated just two shots each.

OESJ, which lost its first game of the season by a 5-0 margin at Schoharie on Wednesday, was unable to find the equalizer and Northville hung on for the victory.

“You can’t win a game, if you don’t score,” Benton said.

With the win, Northville avenged its only loss of the season, a 1-0 defeat at the half of Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville at Fonda-Fultonville on March 18.

“It was very reminiscent of our first game with them, except we were on the winning end of that one,” Benton said.

After losing that game, the Lady Falcons went 7-0-1 in their final eight games to finish the season.

With the win, Northville avenged its only loss of the season, a 1-0 defeat at the half of Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville at Fonda-Fultonville on March 18.

“It was very reminiscent of our first game with them, except we were on the winning end of that one,” Benton said.

After losing that game, the Lady Falcons went 7-0-1 in their final eight games to finish the season.

Emma Peck made five saves to post the shutout in goal for Northville on Friday. It was the sixth shutout of the season for the Lady Falcons, who allowed just four goals in 10 games this season.

“I’m really proud of them. They dug deep today,” Hammons said. “Defense was the game today and ours did a great job.”

Anderson Eggleston made five stops for OESJ, which finished with a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks..

“I can’t ask for much more than the effort we gave today,” Benton said. “Both teams played hard. They just got the goal and we didn’t.”

Northville finished its season with an 8-1-1 overall and WAC record.

“The girls have been nothing but amazing this season,” Hammons said. “We have a senior-led team and it’s a great, very connected group of girls.”

It was the final game for Northville seniors Groff, VanHeusen, Grace Forsey, Jaycee Frasier, Hannah Lent and Morgan Mackey.

OESJ posted a 7-2-3 overall record and a 6-1-3 WAC mark.

Seniors Alexis Klock, Kamden Battisti, Alexis Mumford, Sydney Eggleston, Madisyn Schell and Engle played their final game for the Lady Wolves.

Mayfield 5,

Middleburgh 0

MAYFIELD — Kelsey Meca, Jordan Miller, Cloey Dopp, Fianna Halloran and Jill Botch all delivered goals for the Lady Panthers.

Foothills Council

Amsterdam 1,

Glens Falls 0

AMSTERDAM — Anne Stanavich was in the right spot to finish off a deflection of Mady Mecca’s corner kick by Carolyn Sculco to give the Lady Rams a 1-0 victory over Glens Falls in Foothills Council crossover action Friday at the Lynch Literacy Academy.

Amsterdam finished the season with a 3-9 overall record while going 3-7 in the league.

Boys soccer

WAC

Mayfield 3,

Middleburgh 1

MIDDLEBURGH — Britain Goodemote had two goals and Trevor Ruberti had one to power Mayfield to a 3-1 Western Athletic Conference victory Friday.

Andrew Johns scored for Middleburgh off a Austin Johns assist.

Aiden Martuscello made 11 saves in goal for the Panthers.

Foothills Council

Glens Falls 5,

Amsterdam 1

GLENS FALLS — Amsterdam went into halftime with the lead on an unassisted goal from Evan Iannazzi, however, the second half was all Glens Falls as the Indians got two goals and an assist from Nate DiFiore and one goal apiece from Cameron Shaver, Ian Collins and Jack Motsiff to finish the season with a 6-6-0, 6-8-0 record.

Amsterdam finished 3-9-0 Foothills and 3-11-0 overall.

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