Hard luck losses pile up Shaker girls

Shaker may be the best 0-4 girls soccer team in Section II.

Of their four losses, the Lady Bison have taken three Suburban Council powers Shenendehowa, Niskayuna and Bethlehem to overtime.

"I'm still trying to figure it out," said Shaker coach Pete Mralvja. "You start with four of the top teams in the league, and you take three of them to overtime. And we just can't get it done."

Take last Thursday's game against Bethlehem (4-0) as an example. The Lady Bison tie the game on Amanda Clough's goal late in the second half, only to see the Lady Eagles pull out a 2-1 overtime victory when Kristina Maksuti scored off her own rebound on a free kick.

"Kristina can probably kick harder than I can," said Mralvja. "Our wall held [on the initial kick], and the ball went back to her. She just got enough of her foot on it to get it in the air, and it just went in under the crossbar."

Despite the overtime losses, Mralvja said his players are remaining positive.

"They've been good so far. They understand the teams we've taken on, and they've understood that we're doing some positive things out there," said Mralvja.

The Lady Bison are hoping to break their losing streak this week. After facing Guilderland Tuesday, they host Columbia Thursday.

"Maybe we can get a little bit of a reprieve this week," said Mralvja. "Not that any team is easy in this league.""

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