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COLONIE: Garnet Raiders set for Shen showdown

"I don't think opponents can focus on one guy on our team. If they do, other kids can step up and hurt them," said Trimarchi.

This won't be the only important game for Colonie during its stretch drive toward Sectionals. The Garnet Raiders still have Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Friday), Niskayuna (Oct. 11), Guilderland (Oct. 17) and a rematch with Saratoga (Oct. 19) left following Wednesday night's showdown with Shen.

"All of the teams in the (Suburban) Council are very strong, and to say that one game has a huge impact in determining first, second or third (seed) wouldn't be fair," said Trimarchi.

Still, a win over the Plainsmen would put the Garnet Raiders in a better position to take the top seed " something that Colonie hasn't had in a long time.

"Wednesday night is going to be a very exciting atmosphere, and the kids are looking forward to it," said Trimarchi.

Another boys soccer team that is battling for first place in its league is Loudonville Christian. The Eagles wrapped up the first half of their Central Hudson Valley League schedule last Wednesday with a 1-1 tie against Berlin that gave them a one-point lead over Waterford in the standings.

Matt Burke had the lone Loudonville Christian goal, and Alex MaLossi stopped 14 shots to help the Eagles raise their league record to 4-1-1 entering Tues-day's contest at Germantown.""

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