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Bethlehem boys maintain hold on first place

The Bethlehem boys soccer team returned to its winning ways last week with shutout victories over Ballston Spa and Averill Park.

The Eagles (9-3) scored a goal in each half to knock off Ballston Spa 2-0 last Tuesday. Mike Mulhall tallied once and assisted on Chris Willsey's goal to lead Bethlehem's offense.

Goaltender Dan Maddock stopped nine shots to pick up the win for Bethlehem. Ballston Spa netminder Adam Myers made three saves.

The Eagles turned in another dominating performance to beat Averill Park 4-0 last Thursday. Bethlehem held a 15-2 advantage in shots as it maintained its half-point lead over Guilderland for the South Division lead.

Mulhall had two goals, while Kenny McDermith and Brian Spina contributed goals for Bethlehem. Danny Carillo added two assists.

After hosting Mohonasen Tuesday, the Eagles welcome Colonie to Delmar Thursday before closing the regular season next week with games against Columbia and Guilderland.

The Dutchmen (7-3-2) broke out of a three-game winless streak last Thursday by beating Mohonasen 6-0 in Rotterdam.

Jordan Weeden recorded a hat trick to give Guilderland its first victory since beating Averill Park 9-1 Sept. 24. Jimmy Quinn, Nick Cannistraci and Chris Talone added goals for the Dutchmen.

Guilderland entered the Mohonasen game off a scoreless tie against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake last Tuesday. The Dutchmen held a 2-to-1 advantage in shots, but they couldn't get anything into the net.

Guilderland returned to action Tuesday against Colonie. The Dutchmen visit Columbia Thursday before hosting Averill Park next Tuesday.

In other boys soccer action last week, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (2-8 league, 3-8 overall) won its second Colonial Council game of the season Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Cobleskill. Chris Bowman scored both of the Indians' goals, while Matt Williams tallied for the Bulldogs.

Voorheesville will be looking to build off the momentum of last Tuesday's 1-0 overtime victory over Colonial Council-leading Schalmont when it travels to Cobleskill Wednesday. The win moved the Blackbirds (7-1, 9-1) within four points of the Sabres with two games in hand."

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