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Queensbury shuts out South Glens Falls, stays unbeaten in Foothills

Queensbury shuts out South Glens Falls, stays unbeaten in Foothills

From the Tuesday's high school sports reports series
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South Glens Falls at Queensbury girls soccer

Queensbury's Sophia Keshmiri leaps over South Glens Falls goalkeeper Deme Kellogg as she thwarts Keshmiri's scoring attempt during a Foothills Council girls soccer game earlier this season in Queensbury.

QUEENSBURY — Queensbury is trying to chart a course back to the Foothills Council girls soccer title.

There’s a long way to go on that, but at least on Tuesday, they showed they know their way around a soccer field.

Crisp passing helped Queensbury dominate the first half on the way to a 4-0 victory over South Glens Falls. Christina Cummings scored twice and Brigid Duffy added a goal and two assists as the Spartans improved to 5-0 in Foothills play.

Queensbury last won its overall Foothills title in 2013. The Spartans seem to have the pieces in place to make a run at it this fall, though injuries have kept them from playing all of their best players.

“It’s tough to say because we came in missing seven players,” coach Jason Tenner said. “We’re still missing five, but they’re coming back, so we’re thinking the team will get stronger and stronger as the season goes along. We hope this is the starting point. It’s a pretty good starting point.”

Queensbury has four pretty good players up front in Cummings, Brigid Duffy, Sophia Keshmiri and Izzy Dennison. They’ve combined for 32 goals so far.

“Our starting lineup on offense has played together for three years, so we know each other and work together really well,” Dennison said.

The Spartans moved the ball down the field effectively in Tuesday’s first half, often playing the through ball.

A good example was their first goal, a pass from Sophia Keshmiri ahead to Cummings, who put it home.

Cummings added a second goal later in the half, followed by Dennison. Brigid Duffy scored late in the second half.

The Spartans had the ball on their feet for most of the first half.

“The more pressure we can put on the other team, the easier it is for our defense,” Tenner said. “Our center backs, the two Allies (Wallace and Basila), they’ve been on varsity for a while, they have a lot of experience and they do extremely well together. We feel safe with them.”

Queensbury goalie Kaileigh Hunt didn’t see a lot of action, but she came up with a big save in the second half on the most dangerous scoring try the Bulldogs had. Tenner said Hunt didn’t start playing soccer until her sophomore year.

“It took her about a year and a half to get the handle of the sport, but she’s fantastic back there,” the coach said. “She’s been huge. When she’s tested, she rises to the occasion.”

South High, the defending Foothills champ, played better as the game went along. The Bulldogs expected to take some lumps this year as they rebuild with a younger roster.

“We’re a work in progress,” coach Stephen Philo said. “We’re a little deficient in all areas right now. We’re off to a rough start. We’ve just got to keep getting better. There’s no place to go but up for us.”

As for the Spartans’ path to a Foothills title, they’re going to have to take it game by game. The games against traditional powers, like Scotia and South High (the second time), don’t happen until the second week of October. Meanwhile, they will have to get past Foothills South teams Gloversville and Broadalbin-Perth, which have been having good seasons.

Follow Sports Editor Greg Brownell on Twitter: @glensfallsse.

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