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Nisky edges Shen in early showdown

Anka Parzych's goal in final minute wins it for Warriors

Shenendehowa’s Kaitlyn Curley, left, tries to serve the ball before Niskayuna’s Allie Shea reaches her during last Saturday’s Suburban Council North Division game in Niskayuna.

Shenendehowa’s Kaitlyn Curley, left, tries to serve the ball before Niskayuna’s Allie Shea reaches her during last Saturday’s Suburban Council North Division game in Niskayuna. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Colby said Niskayuna's defense played well against Shen's offense without Treanor, despite facing pressure through much of Saturday's game.

"I think we struggled in the midfield, and that put our defense at a disadvantage," said Colby. "But individually and as a group, our defense played great."

Meghan Doyle gave Niskayuna a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when she chipped a shot over McDermott, but Ali Lewis tied the game for Shen in the final minute when she drilled a shot into the upper left corner of the goal. There were more offensive fireworks in the first five minutes of the second half as Doyle struck again for Niskayuna and Connors knocked home a rebound off Shannon McMillan's initial shot for Shen.

"That's what you've got to do on a goalie. You have to be right up on her for rebounds and second shots," said Mulholland.

Shen continued to pressure Niskayuna's defense, but goaltender Katie Hartlage made several diving saves to keep the score tied until Parzych struck the game winner. Hartlage finished with 14 saves, while McDermott stopped nine shots for Shen.

Shen and Niskayuna face North Division foes Tuesday. Shen hosts Ballston Spa, while Niskayuna travels to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

"Tuesday is a big hump for us because Burnt Hills beat us soundly last year," said Colby. "They won by an aggregate score of 7-1 [over two games]."

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