Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's Jessica Lyden plays the ball forward during the Class A regional game against Franklin Academy Nov. 12 at Stillwater High School.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
The Spartans picked up the speed of play in the second half, and it showed when Lyden scored on a breakaway.
"Meghan [Malone] played it across, and I just took a moment and then hit it," said Lyden.
As the 2-0 lead held, Bold started substituting for his starters. That nearly came back to haunt the Spartans when Kylee Disotelle scored off a corner kick to close the gap to 2-1 with 12:20 left in regulation. Bold put Lyden, Burchhardt and Malone back in, and less than three minutes later Burchhardt headed in the clinching goal off Lyden's pass from the wing.
"Lyden played very well today," said Bold. "The goal she scored and then the cross she made to Morgan [Burchhardt] were unbelievable."
Following Burchhardt's goal, Bold went back to his bench to finish the game. Finn -- a junior forward -- then finished off Franklin Academy by striking a shot that went off the goaltender's hands and into the net.
"Carly Finn has worked super hard as our 13th or 14th player, and she deserved to get that goal," said Bold.
BH-BL meets Section I champion Somers in Saturday's state semifinal game at Tompkins-Cortland Community College. The winner of that game advances to Sunday's Class A championship contest against either Williamsville South or South Side at Homer High School.