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Thursday round-up: Nickles saves Bethlehem

Goaltender stops 17 shots to help Lady Eagles beat Guilderland

The Bethlehem girls soccer team got the upper hand on defending Suburban Council South Division champion Guilderland in the race for first place.

Bethlehem goaltender Katie Nickles stopped 17 shots to help the Lady Eagles edge Guilderland 1-0 in Thursday's South Division showdown at Guilderland.

Tara Teal's first-half goal proved to be the game winner for Bethlehem (2-0-0). It was also one of only four shots the Lady Eagles took against Guilderland (1-1-0).

Lady Dutch goaltender Jenna Cubello made three saves.

In other girls soccer action Tuesday, Niskayuna scored three times in the first half on its way to a 5-0 Suburban Council North Division victory over Ballston Spa.

Meghan Doyle had a hat trick, and Anka Parzych contributed two goals and an assist for the Silver Warriors (2-0-0). Ballston Spa goaltender Penny Smith made 11 saves.

Boys soccer

Shenendehowa continued its impressive start by beating Saratoga Springs 3-0 in Thursday's Suburban Council North Division game.

Chris Schmid tallied off a feed from Nick Martin in the first half and scored again in the second half off a pass from Tucker Marvin for the Plainsmen (2-0-0). Ricky Grable added Shen's third goal late in the second half.

Danny Juers made six saves in goal for the Plainsmen, while Ryan Pfeifer stopped six shots for the Blue Streaks.

Elsewhere, Niskayuna (1-1-0) edged Ballston Spa 1-0 on Brendan Griffiths' penalty kick goal in the 78th minute. Ballston Spa goaltender Brady King had 14 saves.

Girls volleyball

Defending Section II Class AA champion Shenendehowa improved its record to 2-0 with a 3-0 Suburban Council victory over Saratoga Springs Thursday.

Hayley Macken recorded 12 service points, three aces and 16 assists for the Plainswomen. Natsumi Takamori contributed eight service points, three aces and six digs, and Michelle Paulsen added three kills and four blocks.

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