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

"We held them, which was good," said Mulholland. "We also had plenty of quality opportunities."

Shen's win didn't improve its seeding for Sectionals, though, thanks to Niskayuna's 5-0 win against Ballston Spa and Bethlehem's 3-0 victory over Guilderland Monday. Niskayuna (12-3-1, 18.5 points) held on to the No. 2 seed, while Bethlehem (14-2-0) kept the No. 3 seed based on standings points.

"It gives us a good roll going into Sectionals, and that's what we wanted," said Mulholland.

Saratoga " which had its 10-game winning streak snapped Monday " now looks to regain its momentum as it carries the No. 1 seed into Sectionals.

"As our win streak got bigger and bigger, so did the target on our backs. So, we're used to it," said Dannehy.

Like Saratoga, Shen gets a first-round bye for Sectionals. The Plainswomen host either Albany or Shaker in next Tuesday's Class AA quarterfinals.

In other Sectional soccer playoff news, defending Class A champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (12-4-0) has the No. 1 seed for this year's playoffs. The Lady Spartans are off until Saturday when they host either No. 9 Mohonasen or No. 8 Ichabod Crane in the quarterfinals.

BH-BL concluded its regular season Monday with a 3-2 Suburban Council victory over Shaker. Emily Capron, Nichole DeCrescente and Skye Kaler each scored a goal for the Lady Spartans in the overtime game.""

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