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Queensbury vs. South High

South High players celebrate a goal against Queensbury during their girls soccer game on Thursday in South Glens Falls. 

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The last time South Glens Falls won part of a Foothills Council girls soccer title, Aly Fish was a sixth grader, walking the halls of middle school. Fish knew that 2012 team, led by Sammy Blizzard, only through news clips she saw on TV.

“Seeing them all so hyped and excited,” Fish recalled, “that’s what I wanted. I’m so glad I got to do that my senior year.”

On Thursday, with Fish on the field and Blizzard on the sidelines as an assistant coach, the Bulldogs beat Queensbury 5-2. South High can clinch the Foothills title Saturday with a victory over Amsterdam.

Fish scored the first of three unanswered goals in the second half. Marlee James scored twice as the Bulldogs improved to 11-1 in Foothills play.

South High lost to Queensbury 4-1 on the road earlier in the season, but has otherwise been untouched in the Foothills.

“We’ve been playing well all along,” South High coach Stephen Philo said, “but to get to where we wanted to be, we knew we had to go one game at a time, and the culmination would have been this game. We were looking forward to it.”

Queensbury, which could have locked up the Foothills title with a win or a tie on Thursday night, started off strong with a goal by Christina Cummings.

But after the first five minutes, the Spartans lost their edge and the Bulldogs scored twice on goals by Zoe Lanfear and James. The second goal came off a corner kick, one of 10 the Bulldogs took.

“We hadn’t allowed a corner goal all season,” Queensbury coach Jason Tenner said. “Any other times (South High) didn’t score on corners, it was fundamental things we talk about that we didn’t do. We play our normal fundamental game and that’s a totally different story out there. We’ll use this game as a reminder throughout sectionals.”

The Bulldogs took the lead 4:08 into the second half when Fish sent a 30-yard direct kick in under the cross bar. Naja and James added goals in the final 15 minutes.

The Bulldogs’ defense and goalkeeping was a question mark coming into the second, but it was good enough to get them the win on Thursday. Philo had Molly Rafferty in goal in the first half and Deme Kellogg in net for the second 40 minutes, a platoon system he’s used the whole season and doesn’t plan to change.

“They’re both sophomores, this is their first year, neither has surged ahead of the other one,” Philo said. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

Though Queensbury and South High split the season series, the Bulldogs pulled out an overtime victory at Scotia while Queensbury got a tie against the Tartans. If South Glens Falls wins on Saturday, those games in Scotia will end up deciding the title.

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