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Boys soccer: Another Mohonasen-Scotia quarterfinal showdown?

Mighty Warriors can advance with Thursday victory over Lansingburgh

It could happen again.

Schenectady County rivals Scotia-Glenville and Mohonasen could meet in the Section II Class A boys soccer quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive year if the 10th-seeded Mighty Warriors (4-11-1) defeat No. 7 Lansingburgh (5-6-2) in Thursday’s opening round.

“We’ll show up against Lansingburgh and play our style, and hopefully it will work,” said Mohonasen coach Corey Gregg.

Scotia-Glenville coach Chris Bailey said he’s already anticipating another showdown with Gregg’s Mohonasen club.

“Everyone knows that Mohonasen is not a No. 10 seed, and I think anyone who knows soccer knows Saturday will be a tough match-up,” said Bailey.

The previous four quarterfinal meetings between Mohonasen and Scotia-Glenville have been precursors to championship runs for both teams. Mohonasen claimed the 2008, 2009 and 2011 Sectional titles, while Scotia-Glenville won the 2010 championship.

As this year’s No. 2 seed, Scotia-Glenville (13-1-1) has a bye through the first round, and Bailey said his team will be ready for whoever it faces in Saturday’s quarterfinal contest.

“All of our players are 100 percent physically and ready to play,” said Bailey. “We’re going to put our best foot forward and play as well as we can.”

Seedings have meant nothing in the county rivalry. Mohonasen was the lower seed the first two times it defeated Scotia-Glenville in the quarterfinals, and Bailey said he knows the Mighty Warriors will be tough to eliminate.

“I welcome the challenge, and I’m sure it’s going to be a great game,” said Bailey.

“I like playing Scotia, and I like playing against coach Bailey,” said Gregg, who played for Bailey when the two were at Schalmont. “I just wish it was later in the Sectionals, like the semifinals or the finals.”

In other boys soccer Sectional news, Niskayuna (10-4-2) received the No. 3 seed out of the Suburban Council for the Class AA tournament. The Silver Warriors also earned a first-round bye and a home game for Monday’s quarterfinal round. They will host the winner of Friday’s game between Big 10 No. 3 seed Schenectady (5-7-3) and Suburban Council No. 6 seed Shaker (6-9-1).

Mekeel Christian Academy has the No. 4 seed for the Class C Sectionals. The Lions (12-3-1) host No. 13 Hoosic Valley (9-7-0) Thursday in an opening round game at Maalwyck Park in Scotia.

Schalmont will also be in opening round action Thursday, as the sixth-seeded Sabres (11-3-1) host No. 11 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (4-10-1) in a Class B contest. The winner plays in Saturday’s quarterfinal game against either No. 3 Greenville (12-1-1) or No. 14 Fonda-Fultonville (2-12-1).

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