Waterford 2 Greenwich 1 OT: It took an overtime session to decide a great match, under the lights in Waterford Thursday night.
A back and forth first half of action took the squads to the break with the game scoreless.
Less than one minute into the second half the Witches Christian VanDoren collected a loose ball and went far post to give Greenwich the 1-0 lead.
Twelve minutes later Waterford knotted things, when Josh Catanzarita found a streaking Skyler Tostes who’s chip shot found the back of the net for the 1-1 deadlock.
Just minutes into overtime it again was Catanzarita to Tostes, with the latter ripping the game-winner from 25 yards out, sending the Fordians on to a quarterfinal match with #5 Chatham on Saturday, under the lights in Waterford.
Stillwater 1 Doane Staurt 0: In a game played mostly between the 18’s and saw the two squads combine for just seven shots in the match, Stillwater’s Harry Rubenstein connected eight minutes into the second half with what proved to be the game-winner, advancing the Warriors to a quarterfinal matchup in Maple Hill on Saturday.
Canajoharie 3 Hoosic Valley 2 OT: In a match that saw firework in the first half, and defense in the second, it took an extra session to decide things between these evenly matched squads on Thursday in Schaghticoke.
Tyler Eddy put the Valley on the board first, connecting off a corner kick, fifteen minutes into the game.
Canjo answered quickly on a Cody Haig tally knotting things at 1-1
Minutes later the Valley took the 2-1 advantage on a 25 yard curling shot by Jack Wiley that found the net, but with eight minutes remaining in the half, it was Haig, using the dribble to free himself, and rifling a shot off the crossbar for the equalizer.
Defense took control in the second half with neither team able to break through.
Seven minutes into overtime, Haig went top corner for the game-winner, his third goal of the match,. moving Canajoharie onto the Class C quarters.
Chatham 3 Berlin/New Lebanon 1: Berlin/New Lebanon took the early 1-0 lead, but Chatham shut down the Mountaineer attack the rest of the way and posted the opening round win in Class C.
Midway through the first half B/NL Wyatt Powers connected, giving the Mountaineers the 1-0 advantage, that was erased before the break on a Miguel Casarrubias tally.
Second half goals by Casarrubias and Elliot Bailey, combined with the Chatham defense after the break, sealed the “W” for Chatham.
Germantown 4 Spa Catholic 1: Germantown ran out to a 2-0 halftime lead on goals from Jonathan Mollo and Mason Ferrar, and were never headed in a Class D match at Gavin Park on Thursday.
Early in a the second half the Saints drew closer on a Jacob Hajos tally, but later in the half, Mollo and Ferrar added their second scores of the match, closing out the Germantown “W”.
Mechanicville 4 Johnstown 0: Leading 1-0 at the break, Mechanicville used three second half strikes to post the victory in a Class B girls opening round match.
Nevaeh D’Aloia connected for a pair of goals, and Anna Izzo and Isabella Raucci added single strikes to lead the Raider attack.
Mechanicville keeper Olivia Horan combined with the Raider “D” for the shutout.
Next up for Mechanicville is a home quarterfinal with Coxsackie-Athens on Saturday.
Tamarac 1 Schuylerville 1 Tamarac advances on penalty kicks: After a scoreless first half Tamarac’s Abbie Yetto and Schuylerville’s Macey Koval connected with second half tallies setting up extra sessions, with the Bengals eventually winning on PK’s 4-3, sending Tamarac on to a Class B quarterfinal match with Schalmont, on Saturday.