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Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016: Bethlehem girls pull another soccer upset

   Leading off today: Bethlehem has now upset the top two seeds in the Section 2 girls Class AA soccer tournament, having dispatched Shaker in the quarterfinals and then beating Shenendehowa in penalty kicks on Saturday.

   The Eagles overcame a 2-0 deficit in the final 20 minutes. Holly Moore connected first, then Shannon Russo forced overtime with her goal with 1:18 left in regulation.

   "They never gave up," Bethlehem coach Tom Rogan told The Times Union.

   The shootout was tied 2-2 after four of the mandatory five rounds. Olivia Miranda then connected for Bethlehem before Eagles goalie Grace Hotaling got help from the post to her left in keeping out Shen's fifth bid to extend the shootout.

   "People underestimate us sometimes," Miranda said, while Hotaling added that it's a tight-knit group that "doesn't want it to end."

   Next up for Bethlehem is the sectional final vs. defending champ Niskayuna on Tuesday. The Silver Warriors advanced with a 4-1 win over Saratoga as Izzy Lynch produced a hat trick.

   Speaking of PKs: Elmira Notre Dame, the dominating NYSPHSAA boys Class C champion a season ago, was extended to penalty kicks before beating Oneonta for the right to advance out of Class B in Section 4.

   Notre Dame won 4-2 in PKs after a scoreless overtime tie in the sectional final. Notre Dame outshot Oneonta 11-5 and had a 9-1 margin in corner kicks,

   "We haven't really been tested that way all season," ND's Gavin Harrington told The Daily Review. "We did against Athens (Pa.), but we didn't get to go to penalty kicks so it was good to see where we are with that. I was happy with how we played overall."

   More Section 4: Langston Hopkins skipped a low shot to the far post as he fell to the ground in overtime, giving Lansing a 1-0 win over Trumansburg in the Class C final.

   You may recall Lansing coach Adam Heck died unexpectedly at the end of August, just before the start of his 21st season as head of the Bobcats.

   "It really was like he was here for all of us, coaching us through it," Hopkins said. "I think we're all just happy we did it for him."

   Said Trumansburg coach Jason Hodge: "Adam and I were very close and, usually, we text back-and-forth after every game to check in on each other. It was lonely out there, but it was great to see his wife, Beth, here. There's no doubt in my mind that Adam was here in spirit to help them secure the victory, but I couldn't be prouder of my guys."

   Late drama: Devyn Sheth fed Michael Dutt for the winning goal with :11 to go in sudden death as North Salem beat Haldane 1-0 in the Section 1 boys Class C soccer final.

   The top-seeded Tigers had lost to the Blue Devils twice during the regular season. In fact, they had been scoreless for 269 minutes vs. Haldane this season until Dutt's goal.

   "The ball came in off the throw-in and Devyn poked it past the Haldane defense, right to where I had a chance to shoot on goal," Dutt said. "It happened so fast, but the next thing I know, it's in the back of the net."


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  •    Long wait ends: Queensbury captured the program's first boys sectional soccer title since 1988 with a 3-0 victory over Averill Park in Section 2 Class A. Michael Sconzo's first-half goal proved to be the difference.

       Cross country: Saratoga sophomore Kelsey Chmiel raced to a course record in 16 minutes, 41.72 seconds at Saratoga Spa State Park, eclipsing the course record set by Streaks great Nicole Blood (16:41.9) in 2004.

       Chmiel, third in the NYSPHSAA Class A championships a year ago, beat Julia Zachgo of Shenendehowa (17:36.46) to the finish by more than 300 yards to lead her team to a 44-67 win over the Plainsmen.

       Guilderland senior Noah Carey won the Suburban Council boys title in 14:53.27 for 3.1 miles.

        • Corning swept the Southern Tier Athletic Conference meet at Willowcreek Golf Club. Jessica Lawson won the girls race in 17:49.6 seconds to lead five Hawks in the top 11 and a 23-65 win over Ithaca.

       Corning's Kevin Moshier continued a stellar dominant senior season by winning the boys race in 15:34.7. The Hawks edged Ithaca 33-46 for team honors.

       Up next will be the Section 4 championships Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park, which will also host the NYSPHSAA championships Nov. 12.

       "I think our girls team has a chance to quality for states and that would be awesome," Lawson said. "Obviously, we're still going to have to work really hard, but these girls are really dedicated and I trust them to get the job done."

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