continued O'Brien got the Dutchmen going less than three minutes into the first half when he sent a free kick into Albany's penalty box. Jack Hanlon broke in on goal and bodied the ball past Phayre-Gonzalez for a 1-0 lead. Nearly five minutes later, Rubin tallied to make it a two-goal advantage.
The early flurry fazed Albany, which had allowed a total of 10 goals entering Monday's final. But it didn't deter the Falcons, and soon they started applying pressure on Guilderland's defense.
"You know what they say -- 2-0 is the worst score in soccer because you know it won't stay that way," said Guilderland coach Mike Kinnally.
Albany's pressure paid off 1:55 before halftime when junior midfielder Erick Kwizera struck a shot from the top of Guilderland's penalty box that tucked inside the crossbar to trim the Dutchmen's two-goal lead in half.
"I thought we dominated the first 20 minutes, and then they dominated the last 20 minutes of the first half," said Kinnally.
The Falcons continued to dominate possession of the ball through the first 12 minutes of the second half, but they were unable to get anything else past goaltender Kedrick Weeden and the Dutchmen defense. And once Ciaschetti scored, the balance of play shifted back Guilderland's way.
"I was waiting for that (momentum) to swing our way again," said Kinnally.
Guilderland advances to Saturday's Class AA regional final at Colonie against the winner of Tuesday's Section III championship game between Baldwinsville and Fayetteville-Manlius.