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Boys soccer: Ishimwe’s goal lifts Albany past Bethlehem

Defending champs fall in Class AA quarterfinals

Bethlehem’s Matt Henning, elft, gets tangled up with Albany’s Denis Leon while battling for the ball during Saturday’s Section II Class AA quarterfinal game.

Bethlehem’s Matt Henning, elft, gets tangled up with Albany’s Denis Leon while battling for the ball during Saturday’s Section II Class AA quarterfinal game. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— “Injuries were the theme to this season,” said Ridgway. “We didn’t play at full strength until the final couple of games, and even then we lost some players to injuries today.”

Albany meets Suburban Council North Division champion Shenendehowa in Thursday’s semifinals at Colonie Central High School. The Plainsmen (14-2-1) have nine shutouts this season and have allowed a total of eight goals.

Thursday’s other Class AA semifinal pits Suburban Council South Division champion Guilderland (13-4-0) against Shaker (14-3-0). Guilderland defeated Niskayuna 3-0 in Saturday’s quarterfinal game, while Shaker escaped with a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over LaSalle Friday.

A corner kick got Guilderland’s offense going against Niskayuna (10-7-1) early in the first half. Connor O’Brien sent the ball into the box, and Chris Czekay knocked it into the net for a 1-0 Dutchmen lead.

Kledis Capollari made it 2-0 late in the first half with a long strike, and Connor Rubin added a goal in the final three minutes of the second half to give the Dutchmen their final margin of victory.

Elsewhere, Voorhees-ville (11-5-1) met Ichabod Crane (14-0-0) Monday in a Class B quarterfinal game. The Blackbirds defeated Greenville 1-0 in last Thursday’s opening round on Sean Nolan’s goal.

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (9-7-2) was eliminated from the Class B playoffs by Stillwater on penalty kicks Friday.

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