Over the last three years, the winner of the quarterfinal game between Mohonasen and Scotia-Glenville has gone on to win the Section II Class A boys soccer title.
The trend continued this year, as Mohonasen rode the momentum of last weekend’s 4-3 quarterfinal victory over Scotia to the Sectional championship with Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Queensbury in the finals at Colonie High School.
“I don’t know [how to explain it],” said Mohonasen senior Cameron McDermott. “I guess that [quarterfinal game] really prepares us for the rest of [the playoffs].”
McDermott and Joseph Avery scored first-half goals for Mohonasen (11-9-0), and goaltender Alec Volans made several saves in the second half to propel the Mighty Warriors to their win over Queensbury (14-6-0) and their third Sectional title in the last four years.
“[This title] says a lot about how these kids came in as players,” said Mohonasen coach Cory Gregg who, along with brother Joshua Gregg, have helped turn the Mighty Warriors into a Class A juggernaut. “We can’t take all of the credit because others have worked with these kids when they were younger to make them into the players we have now.”
McDermott got things going less than 15 minutes into the first half when he redirected a pass from Attilio Tebano past Queensbury goaltender Pat O’Mara for a 1-0 lead.
“Joe Avery did a great job of getting the ball back,” said McDermott. “Joe then got the ball to T [Tebano], and T got the ball across to me. I just finished it.”
Avery gave Mohonasen a two-goal cushion with a tough-angle shot 15 minutes later. Shooting deep in the penalty box past the left post, Avery sent the ball across the crease and tucked it inside the right post.
Queensbury dominated the action in the second half, but the Spartans couldn’t get a challenging shot through Mohonasen’s defense. The few shots that made their way through the Mighty Warriors’ back line were easily handled by Volans, who finished with seven saves.