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Boys soccer: Suburban showdown ends in draw

Grable's goal helps Shen pull even with Bethlehem

Highlights from the Sept. 22 Suburban Council game between Bethlehem and Shenendehowa in Clifton Park.

Highlights from the Sept. 22 Suburban Council game between Bethlehem and Shenendehowa in Clifton Park. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Each team had a scoring chance in the first overtime period. Shen knocked the ball close to Bethlehem's goal, but the Eagles' defense cleared it away. A minute later, Bethlehem's Ethan Gunty blistered a direct kick on Rohrwasser, but the sophomore punched the ball away.

"Ethan's strike was fantastic," said Ridgway. "I thought it was going in the corner (of the goal), and their goalie got it."

"I was pleased with Justin Rohrwasser because this was his first big game, and he played very well," said Bain.

Shen created the best scoring chance of the second overtime period. Chris Schmid -- who had been blanketed by Bethlehem's defense for the entire game -- headed a through pass towards the goal, but it sailed inches over the crossbar.

"The wind played a factor there," said Bain. "The ball hung up there a little bit."

Rohrwasser finished with five saves, while Kessler was credited with three stops in the lone regular season meeting between Shen and Bethlehem.

Both teams return to divisional action Monday. Shen hosts Shaker in a North Division game, while South Division leader Bethlehem plays Mohonasen in Delmar.

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