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Mohonasen wins an epic battle against Scotia-Glenville

As the weather worsened in the second half, the level of play on both sides remained high. Mohonasen created a golden scoring opportunity early on when Jasenski found Taylor Ralbovsky on the charge, but Scotia-Glenville's defense deflected Ralbovsky's shot. A short time later, Nick Alescio tried to put the Tartans ahead, but Gray stopped Alescio's long shot.

Scotia-Glenville nearly took the lead late in the second half on another Mohonasen defensive miscue. Gray tried to clear the ball, but it struck Crow near the edge of the penalty box. But before Crow could gather the ball, it bounced right back to Gray to end the threat.

"He was so surprised that he didn't have time to react and settle the ball for a shot," said Bailey. "If he had settled it, he might have been able to toe it past Gray, and then he would have had an open net to shoot at."

"We were absent for parts of that game," said Gregg. "Mentally, our team wasn't where it should have been."

Crow's near miss turned out to be Mohonasen's wake up call. The Mighty Warriors had several quality shots on goal in the final three minutes of regulation and the first 15-minute sudden-victory overtime period, but those shots sailed over the crossbar.

Mohonasen kept the pressure on Scotia-Glenville's defense in the second overtime period before Puorto's shot sent the Mighty Warriors into Thursday's semifinal against Gloversville.

"It's huge for Mohonasen soccer " absolutely huge," said Gregg. "We haven't been to the semifinals in years."

If Mohonasen beats Gloversville Thursday, there is a chance it will meet its crosstown rivals from Schalmont in Saturday's final at Colonie Central High School. Schalmont advanced to the semifinals with a 5-0 victory over Catholic Central last Saturday. The top-seeded Sabres meet Colonial Council foe Albany Academy Thursday in Queensbury.

"We're just going to come out with a better effort (against Gloversville) than we did against Scotia," said Gregg. "If we play with confidence, we can beat anybody.""

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