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Girls soccer: Bethlehem makes early goal stand

Lady Eagles edge Plainsmen in Class AA quarterfinals

Bethlehem’s Elle Lutz, left, battles two Shenendehowa players for the ball during Sunday’s Section II Class AA quarterfinal game in Clifton Park. The Lady Eagles advanced with a 1-0 win.

Bethlehem’s Elle Lutz, left, battles two Shenendehowa players for the ball during Sunday’s Section II Class AA quarterfinal game in Clifton Park. The Lady Eagles advanced with a 1-0 win. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— “You drop back in the box, and if they want to shoot from the outside, we’ll take that because Katie Nickles will catch those every time,” said Rogan.

Nickles finished with nine saves to pick up her 60th career win and her 43rd shutout.

Bethlehem must now face a Niskayuna (16-1-1) team coming off a 4-0 quarterfinal victory over Colonie in Thursday’s semifinal round at Schuylerville High School.

“They’re a good team, but it’s a semifinal and it’s on the turf,” said Rogan. “Anything can happen.”

As for Shen, it enters the offseason one week earlier than it’s used to. But with only five players scheduled to graduate in June, Mulholland said she’s looking forward to the 2013 season.

“That’s the exciting part — knowing that we were in a transition year this season after losing 14 seniors last season,” said Mulholland.

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