Burnt Hills did Thursday what it's usually doing this time of year — ending the seasons of northern Foothills Council teams.
South Glens Falls gave up two first-half goals and lost 3-0 to the Spartans. No northern Foothills team has defeated Burnt Hills in the Section II tournament since 2004, when a Christine O'Leary-led South High team beat the Spartans 3-2 in the Class A championship game. BH has gone 8-0 since then in sectionals against SGF (4-0-1), Queensbury (2-0) and Glens Falls (1-0).
(Late note: I have fixed the record vs. South High above because one of those games was decided by penalty kicks, which we record as a tie.)
Queensbury's season also ended on the road, with Micayla Slattery's goal leading Averill Park to a 1-0 Class A win. That leaves Schuylerville, still alive in Class B, carrying the banner for the Foothills North teams.
Overall, QHS (11-5-1) and South High (10-6-1) accomplished a good deal with season, including the shared Foothills North title. But there are no easy opponents in Class A, and the quarterfinals are often the end of the line even for some good teams.
It was a rough night in general for Foothills teams, with Gloversville dropping out in a 2-0 loss to Mohonasen. Top-seeded Scotia was lone survivor of the day, getting past Lansingburgh by a comfortable 6-0 margin.
Also, a tough day for the teams north of us. Johnsburg, which got only the fifth seed in Section VII despite its NSL Division III title, was a 1-0 loser at Elizabethtown-Westport, ending a season that saw the Jaguars go 13-3. Schroon Lake lost 1-0 in Lake Placid, ending the Wildcats' season at 9-4.
Whitehall of the Adirondack League was a 4-1 loser after its long journey to Germantown.
Charts: You can follow the progress of all girls soccer teams through our online brackets. Click here for the link, and click on any chart for a nice, clear, printable page. These can also be found every day for this and all other sports on our PS Varsity page.
Stats and standings: Click here for our weekly standings and individual leaders. Keep in mind these include only the regular season, so this week's sectional games are not included. I may run one more of these online after the season is done.
Not all of the individual leaders made the paper because of space limitations, so you may find your favorite player's name in the online version if they had 15 or more points, even if it didn't make the paper.
Correction: We had the Greenwich score wrong in Thursday's paper and in the previous blog entry. The Witches lost to Waterford 1-0. I have corrected it in all references. We have to really dig for scores this time of year and every once in a while a bad one gets past us. My apologies to all concerned.
Indirect kicks: The Burnt Hills concession stand served up my dinner. I had the Sportswriter Special — a hot dog and a piece of pizza. ... I've seen my last soccer game until next week. I'll be strapped into my chair for the next 48 hours, and I predict a rocky ride with games all over the place in so many sports this weekend. ... Even if your team is done, please stick with me here in the blog. I'll have league all-star teams when they are released, other news involving soccer, and perhaps, if I have the time this weekend, a few words about the future of this blog.