Bethlehem Eagles bounce back

"In the midfield, we're strong, and defensively we're strong," said Ridgway. "Our issues are up front, where we're still having trouble finishing [our shots]."

Bethlehem returned to action Tuesday when it traveled to Niskayuna to face a Silver Warriors team that has bounced back from a disastrous 2008 season. Niskayuna entered the game with a 2-3 record that included victories over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Averill Park and 1-0 losses to Saratoga, Shaker and Colonie.

"One thing about the Suburban Council is that you never know. Every year, some team steps up," said Ridgway.

Following Tuesday's game at Niskayuna, Bethlehem has a two-game home stand. The Eagles host Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Thursday and Columbia Saturday.

Dutchmen split two

Guilderland (3-1-1) also faced Saratoga and Shaker last week with the opposite results that Bethlehem had. The Dutchmen lost to Saratoga 1-0 last Tuesday before beating Shaker 1-0 last Thursday.

The lone goal of last Tuesday's game came early in the second half when Cadet tallied on a penalty kick. Neither team had many scoring chances throughout the game, as the Blue Streaks outshot Guilderland 4-2.

The Dutchmen had better luck generating offense last Thursday against Shaker. They had 13 shots on goal, one of the last of which was Mike Crupi's game-winning goal late in the second half.

Goaltender Devin Bailey made seven saves for Guilderland, which traveled to Clifton Park Tuesday for a showdown with North Division leader Shenendehowa. The Plainsmen own a 5-0 record and have outscored their opponents 30-3.

Guilderland hosts Ballston Spa Thursday before traveling to Averill Park Saturday.


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