Soccer coaches change, but success remains at Schalmont and Scotia-Glenville

Both teams have a long way to go before claiming their league titles, though Scotia-Glenville can gain an advantage in the Foothills Council with a win against Gloversville Friday. The Tartans still have road trips to Glens Falls (who they defeated 1-0 Sept. 16 at home) and South Glens Falls, and they host Queensbury.

Meanwhile, Schalmont has a key home game against Albany Academy " the only Colonial Council team to beat the Sabres " Friday, as well as an Oct. 11 game at Voorheesville.

"There's a lot of soccer left. We don't look past anybody," said Beck.

Then, there is the matter of the Section II, Class A playoffs. If Scotia-Glenville and Schalmont are placed in the same half of the bracket, there is a possibility that the two teams will meet with their seasons on the line.

Bailey, who still works as a guidance counselor at Schalmont, said that the possibility would be "very interesting."

"Many of the seniors on the (Schalmont) team have me as a guidance counselor, so they see me all the time," he said.

Beck also communicates a lot with Bailey. "We talk on a daily basis, and we're pretty close friends," he said.

That playoff meeting may not happen this year, though. Class A is loaded with talented teams including Gloversville, South Glens Falls and Albany Academy, as well as perennial Suburban Council threat Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and a surging Mohonasen squad.

"In my mind, it will be a very difficult Sectional playoff," said Beck.""

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