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Boys soccer: Shaker wins first game for new coach

Four Bison score goals in victory over Ballston Spa

The Shaker boys soccer team gave new coach Dan Fountain his first win at the varsity level.

Four different players scored goals to lift the Blue Bison past Ballston Spa 4-1 in Tuesday's Suburban Council season opener in Latham.

"The boys are very excited about it," said Fountain. "But we can't get too excited about it. We still have a long way to go this season."

Joe Klinowski, Caleb Mellon, Tubo Akangbou and Ryan Casserly scored goals for Shaker. Akangbou, Casserly and Danny Brant also had assists.

"That's how we're going to be this year," said Fountain. "We're going to have several different players contributing to our offense, instead of one or two players scoring all of the goals."

Shaker enters this season having one of the most veteran-laden rosters in the Suburban Council North Division. Twelve players are back from last year's team.

"We're going to be relying on experience a lot this year," said Fountain.

In other Suburban Council boys soccer action Tuesday, new Shenendehowa coach Jonathan Bain recorded his first career victory as the Plainsmen defeated Niskayuna 3-1 on the road.

Chris Schmid scored two minutes into the game, and Mark Rakowsky added a pair of second-half goals for Shen. Bobby Chapman tallied for Niskayuna in its home opener.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake edged Saratoga Springs 1-0 in its season opener Tuesday. Wyatt Sawyer knocked in a rebound off Tim Hughes' free kick one minute into the second half to put the Spartans in front.

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