Football, Soccer Sectional Outlook

With the Section II tournaments entering their second week of play in football and girls and boys soccer, let’s take a look at how many Wasaren teams are continuing to compete for a sectional championship.

In the Class C football tourney things played out as we talked about on this site last week with all four Wasaren schools advancing to the semifinal round this weekend.

The top two seeds in Stillwater and Cambridge-Salem handled their business as expected, the Warriors posting a 46-16 “W” over eighth-seeded Granville, and Indians turning back seventh-seeded Voorheesville 36-4.

The other two league squads came away with upset victories, at least on paper, with fourth-seeded Greenwich dominating #5 Fonda 45-7, and the sixth-seeded Bengals of Tamarac topping #3 Watervliet 28-16.

Semifinal weekend shakes out with #1 Stillwater hosting #4 Greenwich on Friday night and #2 Cambridge-Salem will entertain #6 Tamarac on Saturday afternoon.

The Friday night game should be a dandy.  Can Greenwich come into Stillwater and knock off the undefeated Warriors?  They could as the Witches after a week one loss to Cambridge-Salem are playing as well as anyone in Class C.

But Stillwater plays on it’s familiar turf field where they’ve outscored opponents 215 – 50 in five contests this season.  I like Stillwater here.

Tamarac, comes in the winners of five straight and has a puncher’s chance on Saturday.

But the Indians are undefeated in Class C, their only loss coming against Class B semifinalist Holy Trinity, and they know how to win post season football games.

Cambridge-Salem has given up 139 points on the season and Tamarac should add more to the total, but not enough to claim the upset in Cambridge on Saturday.

In boys soccer after two rounds of play only the Red Raiders of Mechanicville remain standing.  The second-seeded Raiders will face #6 Schuylerville on Wednesday at Mohonasen.

Mechanicville is coming off a 1-0 victory over Hudson in the quarters, while the Black Horses slipped past Greenville 4-2.

Mechanicville and Schuylerville met back in August with the Black Horses coming away with a 1-0 decision.  I like the Raiders to flip that script and get past Schuylerville on Wednesday.

In girls soccer Saratoga Catholic plays today in a Class D quarterfinal at top-seeded New Lebanon.

Tomorrow in Class C semifinals  #5 Cambridge plays at #1 Lake George, and #1 Stillwater hosts Chatham, while in the B semi’s #2 Mechanicville plays #3 Holy Names at Lansingburgh.

Both Spa Catholic and Cambridge face one seeds on their home turf.  Tall tasks for both squads and while I think the Saints season will end in New Lebanon, Cambridge will be a handful for Lake George.

The Indians have won five of their last six, have an athletic roster and are stingy defensively.  I like Cambridge in an upset here.

The top-seeded Warriors of Stillwater will continue to roll as they pursue, first another Section II title, and then will look to earn back to back state championships.  A gifted squad that’s a pleasure to watch.

The Mechanicville / Holy Names match in the Class B semi’s will showcase two excellent soccer teams.

The Red Raiders after starting the year at 1-3, haven’t lost since and have handled their business in the post season with a 4-1 victory over Catholic Central and a 5-0 win over Johnstown.

Holy Names has posted a pair of shutout wins in sectional play topping Cobleskill 5-0 and Greenville 6-0.

Both teams shut down opponents attacks, with each squad having allowed just 18 goals on the year.

This one may need extra sessions before it’s decided, but I like the Raiders to get it done and advance to the Class B final.



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