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Friday, Oct. 7, 2016: Shen, Shaker settle for split in soccer showdowns

   Leading off today: State-ranked soccer teams from the state's reigning Kerr Cup All-Sport Championship school settled for a split in Capital Region action Thursday.

   Shenendehowa senior David Benson beat three defenders to a pass just past midfield and broke in to score the game's only goal early in the second half vs. host Shaker by cleaning up his own rebound after the initial shot found the far post.

   Shaker, which lost the Albany to begin its week, is ranked 13th and Shenendehowa 19th in boys Class AA soccer this week by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   "I was just looking toward the center of the goal and the goalie. I was trying to find the corner," Benson told The Times Union. "The goalie came out and the far post was open, so I put it there. Luckily, it came back."

   The Plainsmen are riding a nine-game winning streak, outscoring opponents 25-3.

   Meanwhile, Shaker's fifth-ranked girls team remained unbeaten with a 1-0 win over No. 16 Shen on Cait Wood's goal.

   "We definitely have been dreaming about this," Shaker goalie Madison LaMarche said. "I've been on the team for three years now and we've never beat Shen. We knew it was their senior night. We knew it was our chance to get them. We achieved it."

   More girls soccer: Sauquoit Valley rallied from a goal down at halftime and leaned on leading scorer Adrianna Grande to knock off previously unbeaten Little Falls 2-1.

   Little Falls is ranked third in Class C by the NYSSWA.

   Grande, a sophomore, knotted the score 90 seconds after halftime and kicked home the winner with 16 minutes to play.

   Milestone: Bronxville girls soccer coach Dan Cupertino notched his 400th win in 26 seasons as the state's seventh-ranked Class B team edged Irvington 4-3 despite three goals from Zoe Maxwell.

   Eighth-grader Alex Doukas scored twice for the winners.

   "It's a great feeling," Cupertino told "Four hundred is something you look at in the distance, it's hard to believe that its actually here."

   Injury news: Alivia Meyer scored the winning goal Wednesday in a girls soccer game vs. Maine-Endwell, but the Vestal senior had to leave the game shortly afterward with an injury to her right knee.

   Kyle Schreiner, Fairport's 6-foot-5, 300-pound football lineman, suffered a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago. The Red Raiders, ranked 19th in the state in Class AA, are at No. 3 Victor on Friday.

   Here's the rest of the Week 6 schedule for ranked New York high school football teams.

   America's most feared team? Granite Falls has become the third team in Washington state this season to forfeit to an Archbishop Murphy squad that's won its three actual contests by a combined score of 170-0.

   "It's not that we're afraid to play the game, it's an injury issue," Granite Falls coach Tim Dennis said. "Because of the size disparity between the linemen. They have 300-pound linemen. And we have sophomores that are weight 210, 220 pounds and starting on varsity. So that's the issue, is the size disparity." football site

   South Whidbey and Sultan previously forfeited, also citing safety issues. Archbishop Murphy, which went 12-3 last season, is widely regarded as a state playoff contender in Class 2A.

   "It's very frustrating," Archbishop Murphy coach Jerry Jensen said. "We are very disappointed."

   On Wednesday, Jensen pushed for more "competitive balance" in the Northwest District's Class 2A leagues. He called on the Cascade Conference and the WIAA, which governs high school sports in Washington, to address the issue, but the WIAA says it is ultimately up to the league to resolve the problem.

   End note: Sweet Home was one of the schools canceled out of the Disney Cross Country Classic, scheduled for today at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Unfortunately, the Amherst school's team had already reached Florida before meet organizers decided Hurricane Matthew was too much of a threat and called off the event.

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