North Warren edges OESJ in shootout

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Updated: 7:27 AM

Alex Cooper / Recorder staff OESJ's AJ Hayes yells to teammates from the goal during the Class D semifinal game against North Warren on Wednesday, October 26, at Mohonasen High School in Schenectady.

ROTTERDAM -- An heroic effort from goalkeeper A.J. Hayes helped the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville boys soccer team make it to penalty kicks against the North Warren Cougars in the Section II Class D semifinals Wednesday at Mohonasen High School, but North Warren took the edge from the penalty spot, winning the shootout, 3-1, after the teams played to a 2-2 draw.

Sixth-seeded OESJ put three shots over the goal during the shootout, and second-seeded North Warren converted three past Hayes to move on to Saturday's final against unbeaten Fort Ann at Colonie High School.

North Warren got on the board barely three minutes into the match when James Hayes scored off a Kyle Monroe assist. OESJ equalized 12 minutes later, with the Wolfpack scoring as Braden Fredericks tapped in Zack Mosher's deflected shot.

In the second half, Mosher put OESJ on top with 24 minutes to play with a blast into the upper right of the goal. Dan Caunter equalized for the Cougars six minutes later, and A.J. Hayes made a number of huge saves throughout the remainder of regulation and the two 15-minute overtime periods before North Warren triumphed in the shootout.


Section II Playoffs

Class C

Galway 3, Middleburgh 0

Emma Smith had 11 kills and 11 digs, and top-seeded Galway cruised into the quarterfinals with a sweep of No. 17 seed Middleburgh by scores of 25-2, 25-14 and 25-17.

Samantha Munchbach led Galway with a huge day at the service line, putting up 29 points and 11 aces. Munchbach was at the line for a huge run to start the match, serving up 21 straight points to kick off the opening set.

Lindsay Zawisa contributed 10 kills and eight service points for the Golden Eagles.

Lake George 3, Mayfield 0

Samantha Kent had four blocks in playing a stellar defensive game at the net, and Mayfield stayed in every set, but second-seeded Lake George moved on with a sweep by scores of 28-26, 25-20 and 25-22.

Emily Mormando had 10 digs and three assists for 15th-seeded Mayfield. Mikayla Myer added four kills, four aces and nine digs for the Lady Panthers, Taylor Proctor had a team-high 14 service points and Amy Laubenstein compiled eight digs.

Canajoharie 3, Taconic Hills 1

Kayla Mastin had 12 kills, four aces and a block as 10th-seeded Canajoharie advanced over No. 7 seed Taconic Hills by scores of 25-15, 25-19, 24-26 and 25-16 to earn a trip to the quarterfinals. Canajoharie will visit Lake George Friday at 5 p.m.

Sydney Shepard added 20 assists and had seven aces among her 19 service points for Canajoharie. Jenna Shepard added eight kills and seven digs, Frankie Nare had five kills, eight aces and 19 points and Jessica LaPine had 10 digs for the Cougars.

Meanwhile, 11th seed Fonda-Fultonville was eliminated by No. 6 seed Hoosic Valley, 3-2, by scores of 27-25, 15-25, 25-23, 22-25 and 25-18.


Region IIIA Semifinal

Herkimer CC 3, Fulton-Montgomery CC 1

Justin Estremera got F-MCC on the board early, but the upset-minded Raiders couldn't hold on as top-seeded Herkimer surged to victory.

Dajhal Kelly scored twice and Issak Somow had a goal and an assist for the 17-0 Generals. Camilo Avendano and Jordan Saling also had assists.

Jack Albertin assisted on Estremera's hoal and Joseph Perez made 12 saves for F-MCC, which wrapped up its season with a 6-8-1 record. The Raiders were in the game despite being outshot 30-3.

-- Staff report

Alex Cooper / Recorder staff OESJ's Jeff Baker (18) defends North Warren's William Davis (2) during the Class D semifinal game on Wednesday, October 26, at Mohonasen High School in Schenectady.