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Beginnings and endings

Beginnings and endings

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The first significant upset of the tournament happened Saturday, courtesy of a Wasaren League team.

Thirteenth-seeded Greenwich traveled to Bolton and came out a 2-1 winner on the strength of two Maria Patane goals. Click here to read our story on the outcome.

I didn't see it coming, though maybe I should have. Greenwich had only three wins before Saturday, but Wasaren League teams tend to do very well in Class C, and the Witches' league schedule probably toughened them up for this game.

Bolton-Warrensburg was the Class D champion in 2014, but the step up to Class C is a big one. Losing their starting goalie didn't help.

It wasn't the only upset in Class C on Saturday -- No. 11 Maple Hill knocked off Waterford and Galway surprised Middleburgh.

Among the favorites to prevail was fifth-seeded Cambridge, which rolled past Berne-Knox 8-0. I'm afraid I got my Snyders mixed up when I tweeted out the score during the afternoon ... Grace Snyder scored two goals (not a hat trick), as did Suzie Frisch.

It'll be an all-Wasaren League quarterfinal when Greenwich visits Cambridge on Tuesday at 3 p.m. That's the most logical destination for me on that day, with two local teams involved. I haven't seen either of them this year.

(As always, if you're looking for the playoff schedule for next week, click here for the all-event schedule).

Third-seeded Lake George took its first step forward with a 5-0 victory over Whitehall. Carly Vreugde scored twice, giving her 19 goals this year, and Rachel Shambo logged her 10th shutout of the season; it's the team's 11th. Next up is a home quarterfinal against Maple Hill Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Things were more settled in Class A, where the top four seeds all advanced. South High was a 2-0 victor over Troy under the lights, with Elyse Green notching her eighth shutout. The Bulldogs move into the semifinals and will face always-tough Burnt Hills Wednesday at Stillwater (5 p.m.)

Scotia made it 17 wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Queensbury. And that, unfortunately, meant the end of an era.

It's the last game Brittany La Plant will play for Queensbury. She's been a force on soccer fields around here since 2011, when she broke on the scene as an eighth-grader. She leaves with 211 career goals, putting her second on the state's all-time list.

I don't know if we'll ever see another player like her.


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