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A first for Guilderland boys soccer

Bethlehem (10-4-2, 11-4-3) had a chance to tie the game six minutes later when Guilderland goaltender Devin Bailey bobbled the ball after stopping a shot, but the Dutchmen defense cleared the ball away before an Eagle could get his foot on it.

"I didn't see it," said Kinnally. "I was looking somewhere else, and somebody said (Bailey) bobbled it."

Nunamacher made certain that Bethlehem couldn't pull even. He took a pass from Kip Stillman and shot one off Eagle goaltender Dan Maddock's fingers into the net to put the Dutchmen ahead 2-0.

"Kip Stillman plays lacrosse with me, so we already have a pretty good connection going," said Nunamacher.

More players contributed in Guilderland's 2-0 victory over Niskayuna Saturday. Sahr Nyuma scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season in the first half, and Caleb Ciaschetta added a second-half tally to cap the Dutchmen's perfect regular season and lock up the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.

It will be the first time in Kinnally's tenure at Guilderland that the Dutchmen will be the No. 1 seed, but he said his team won't worry about being the one everyone is pursuing.

"Because we're not in that position that often, it's not a weight that we carry," said Kinnally. "The teams that are (at the top) all the time " Shenendehowa, Bethlehem " might feel like it's a burden, but we don't.""

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