Adirondack scholastic women's soccer team strikes gold

The Adirondack Region scholastic women's soccer team picked up the gold medal by avenging its only loss at last week's Empire State Games in Buffalo.

One day after losing to Western 2-1 in pool play, Adirondack responded with a 1-0 victory over the same region Sunday to pick up its second gold medal in the last three Empire State Games. It's the region's fifth ever gold in scholastic women's soccer.

Shenendehowa's Kristen Connors scored the gold medal game's lone goal late in the first half, and Adirondack's defense did the rest to secure the victory.

Adirondack opened the Games with a 3-1 victory over Central last Thursday. Connors tallied at the 30 minute mark, and Miranda Haraughty added the other two Adirondack goals to get their team started on the right foot.

Adirondack followed up that performance with a 2-0 victory over Hudson Valley last Friday. Haraughty and Meeghan Arno scored Adirondack's goals, and goaltender Renae Cairns (Ballston Spa) stopped 10 shots to pick up the shutout.

Western got the jump on Adirondack in last Saturday's final pool play game. The host region scored twice in the first half before Courtney Pierce (Gansevoort) tallied for Adirondack in the second half to cut the deficit to one goal.

The Adirondack open men's division soccer team came close to earning a gold medal of its own, but it lost to Long Island 2-0 in Sunday's gold medal game.

Steven Schneider scored in the first half, and Lino Pereira tallied in the second half for Long Island, which out-shot Adirondack 11-2. Former Shenendehowa goaltender Ryan Jones made nine saves for Adirondack.

The open men's division team began the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Central last Friday. Randy Taylor and Alfred Karam (Clifton Park) scored Adirondack's goals, and Jones made six saves in the victory.

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