Alex Roca had an interesting day on Saturday, playing two games separated by 140 miles in two sports.
He scored a goal in Queensbury’s 2-1 state regional boys soccer victory in Liverpool, which ended just before 5 p.m. According to his father, Francisco, the two got in the car at 5:05 and headed to Shenendehowa, where Alex would be the place kicker for the Spartans in their Section II football game.
Francisco Roca said Alex changed into his football gear in the back of the car during the trip. Along the way there was a call from soccer coach Pete Crotty and the soccer team wishing him good luck. Alex made it just in time for the 7:30 football game, where he kicked a field goal and an extra point in the Spartans’ 21-16 loss.
The bus carrying the Queensbury boys soccer team stopped at Shenendehowa on the way home to support Roca and the football team.
— Greg Brownell
A good host
Mechanicville was a last-minute stand-in for the Section II Girls Soccer Tournament after weather issues upset the schedule. It turned out to be a good host.
The new turf field at the high school took the rainy weather quite well. The scoreboard has an electronic display board and a small army of safety-vest-clad workers is on hand to keep things organized.
Tom Husser, the Section II girls soccer chair, said they would consider Mechanicville for future use.
Girls soccer has used artificial turf fields exclusively for sectional semifinals and finals for at least a dozen years. Stillwater, Fonda and Lansingburgh were to have been the three hosts this year.
Fort Ann certainly has fond feelings for Mechanicville. The Cardinals win their sectional and regional titles there.
“We love this place,” coach Jason Humiston said.
— Greg Brownell
A good day
The Greenwich girls cross country team’s 17 points in the Section II, Class C championship Friday tied with the nationally ranked Burnt Hills boys (Class B) for lowest score of any winning team.
When the day’s full results were merged, Greenwich had the third-best total (115) for girls behind Class A champion Saratoga Springs (44) and ‘A’ runner-up Niskayuna (108).
Provided the Witches run well at the Federation Meet (Nov. 17) at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, that should put the Witches in good standing for an invitation to the Nike Cross Nationals New York Regional (Nov. 24), also at Bowdoin Park.
Greenwich finished ahead of Niskayuna earlier this season at the Adirondack Cross Country Classic Invitational.
— Will Springstead
South Glens Falls’ girls soccer season ended a lot sooner than the Bulldogs had hoped — an overtime loss in the quarterfinals of the Section II tournament.
Two members of that team have already committed to play in college, according to coach Stephen Philo. Amya Naja (24 goals, 19 assists this year) has committed to play at Le Moyne and Aly Fish (18 goals, 20 assists) plans to play at Saint Anselm. Both are Division II programs.
They join a long list of South High grads who have played at the next level. Among those currently playing are Morgan Smith (Franklin Pierce), Gabrielle Kreppein (Hartwick), Brennan Bruschini (Potsdam State), Elyse Green (Clarkson) and Lexi Potter (Gordon College).
Also intending to play in college next year are Myranda Gale of Schuylerville, who is headed to Ithaca College, and Sarah Kohls of Lake George, who has committed to Clarkson University.
— Greg Brownell