LIVERPOOL — Brendan Duffy scored with 17 seconds left in regulation to give Queensbury a 2-1 win over Fulton in the Class A boys soccer state regional final Saturday.
The win means a return trip to the State Boys Soccer Tournament next Saturday in Middletown. The Spartans (19-1) will play the Somers/Cornwall winner in a semifinal at 12:30 p.m. at Twin Towers Middle School.
Fulton took a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute on Collin Bennett’s goal off a restart. Queensbury tied it a while later when Alex Roca scored an unassisted goal with a 25-yard shot that bounced off one post and rolled across the goal line near the opposite post.
Queensbury defended a corner kick with 1:20 left before countering for the go-ahead goal. Lorenzo Cicogna sent a ball toward the far post. Aidan Jordi-Donnelly faked like he was going for it, but let it pass to the far post, where Duffy gathered it and put it in.
“They’re fired up,” Queensbury coach Pete Crotty said of his team’s return trip to the state tournament. “They wanted to get back there all year.”
Crotty noted his team has only trailed twice this season: once to Niskayuna in its only loss and another time to Schuylerville.
“They responded well,” Crotty said. “Duffy had a great game for us. Not only the goal but a more physical presence that we needed. And Alex had an outstanding game beside his goal.”
Crotty also noted the strong play of his defenders Lucas McCane and Ray Jones.