Shen wins the game, but Saratoga gets the No. 1 seed

The Saratoga Springs girls soccer team didn't get what it was looking for on the field Monday night at Shenendehowa, but it got what it wanted at Tuesday's Section II seeding meeting.

The Blue Streaks (13-3-0, 19 points) are the No. 1 seed out of the Suburban Council for the Class AA playoffs and get a first-round bye. They won't play until next Tuesday, when they host the winner of Thursday's Ballston Spa-Colonie game.

I think this is the first time that we've been seeded No. 1, at least as far back as I can remember, said Saratoga coach Adrienne Dannehy.

Saratoga was hoping to have a full head of steam entering the playoffs, but Shen (12-3-1, 17.5 points) had other ideas as the Plainswomen edged the Blue Streaks 1-0 on a rainy night in Clifton Park.

The game was scoreless until the 66th minute. Saratoga goaltender Elizabeth Rogan came out to clear the ball, but her kick bounced hard off a charging Kristen Connors and straight back into the empty net for a 1-0 Shen lead.

"I just ran as hard as I could [towards the ball]," said Connors. "I was really happy [it went in], but I just wanted to come off the field."

"That's what she does," said Shen coach Holli Mulholland. "We try to instill that crash hard mentality, and she followed through with it."

Shen had several quality scoring chances leading up to Connors' goal. In one instance, Connors thought she had a goal early in the first half, but it was waved off because of an offsides call.

Most of Saratoga's scoring chances came following Connors' second-half tally. The Blue Streaks peppered Shen goalie Juliana McDermott with several shots in the final 10 minutes, but none of them found the back of the net.

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