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Rogers' late goal lifts Nisky past Ballston Spa

The Niskayuna boys soccer team is getting good at comebacks.

Scott Rogers' goal with 3:27 left in regulation helped the Silver Warriors overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit on their way to a 2-1 victory over Ballston Spa Tuesday in a Suburban Council game.

We've had four wins from behind, said Niskayuna coach Dave Bundy. "I don't know how many teams have won that many from behind (this year)."

Evan Jednyak knocked in a rebound off a first half free kick to give Ballston Spa (4-4-1 league, 8-4-1 overall) its lead. But once that happened, Bundy said the Scotties stopped attacking.

"They were taking it to us at the start, but once they got the lead, it seemed like they started playing defensive (soccer)," said Bundy.

It took a while for Niskayuna (8-0-1, 9-1-1) to capitalize on Ballston Spa's lack of aggressiveness. Jake Johnson got the Silver Warriors on the scoreboard 18 minutes into the second half when he took a feed from Rogers and shot the ball past Kevin DeCelle to tie the game at 1. Rogers then won the game when his shot deflected off a Ballston Spa defender past DeCelle for the final goal.

The victory gives Niskayuna a two-point lead over Shenendehowa in the Suburban Council Blue Division standings heading into its Thursday game with the Plainsmen. Shen tied the Silver Warriors in their first meeting in early September but has gone on to post a 6-0-2 league record since then.

"It's always interesting to see where (Shen is) at," said Bundy. "They're always at a different place at this time of year."

Sabres suffer first setback

In other boys soccer action Tuesday, the Schalmont Sabres lost their first game of the season when Albany Academy posted a 3-0 Colonial Council victory.

Randy Taylor scored off a Denzel Ogunyase assist in the first half to give the Cadets (7-2, 9-2) a 1-0 lead. Ogunyase tallied late in the first half, and Chris Paratore added a second-half goal to extend the lead.

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