Niskayuna athletics report: Oct. 22

Niskayuna players huddle together during a Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 girls' field hockey game. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)Niskayuna players huddle together during a Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 girls' field hockey game. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

NISKAYUNA — Our rundown on what you need to know for today about Niskayuna High School athletics.

ONE: The Niskayuna field hockey team pulled off an upset in the Section II Class A quarterfinals on Wednesday, knocking off No. 4 Bethlehem with a 1-0 verdict.

For the No. 5 Silver Warriors, Sara O’Connor scored the first-half goal with an assist from Nora Molino, while Emma Skumurski made three saves in recording the shutout.

Niskayuna next plays against No. 1 Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Oct. 28.

Niskayuna's Zach Ogden (12) heads a ball during a Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 boys' soccer game in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Niskayuna’s Dan Laurilliard (12) heads a ball during a Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 boys’ soccer game in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

TWO: After a 7-8-1 regular season, the Niskayuna boys’ soccer team picked up the No. 9 seed for the Section II Class AA playoffs and is set to travel to Colonie today to take on No. 8 CBA.

During the regular season, CBA topped Niskayuna 1-0 in a game that was tied 0-0 at halftime.

The winner of today’s game earns a trip to take on No. 1 Ballston Spa.

Hannah Munro, left, and Alissa Franze slap hands after completing a drill at the Niskayuna girls' soccer practice Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Hannah Munro, left, and Alissa Franze slap hands after completing a drill at the Niskayuna girls’ soccer practice Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

THREE: No game yet for the Niskayuna girls’ soccer team in this year’s postseason, but the No. 2 Silver Warriors will find out today their opponent for next week’s Section II Class AA quarterfinals.

No. 10 Albany visits No. 7 Guilderland today, and the winner of that game will come to Niskayuna on Tuesday to face the Silver Warriors.

During the regular season, Niskayuna tied 1-1 with Guilderland, while the Silver Warriors beat Albany 6-0.

FOUR: After a 2-5 regular season, the Niskayuna football team will play host Friday night to Averill Park in a crossover game.

During the regular season, Niskayuna visited Averill Park for a Week 4 game that resulted in a 35-28 defeat.

FIVE: In recent action, the Niskayuna girls’ volleyball team picked up a 3-0 win Wednesday against Albany. In the match, Julia Wagner had nine kills and Leila Nayar had three aces.

Cheerleaders finish their routine during the Niskayuna High School pep rally on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Cheerleaders finish their routine during the Niskayuna High School pep rally on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

(Home games on main campus, unless otherwise noted)

Today

3 p.m.: Boys’ soccer at CBA, Section II Class AA first round

5:30 p.m.: Boys’ volleyball at Guilderland

5:30 p.m.: Girls’ volleyball at Shaker

Friday, Oct. 23

7 p.m.: Football hosts Averill Park

Sunday, Oct. 25

8 a.m.: Rowing at Head of the Schuykill

Tuesday, Oct. 27

3 p.m.: Girls’ soccer hosts TBD, Section II Class AA quarterfinals

Wednesday, Oct. 28

3 p.m.: Field hockey at Shenendehowa, Section I Class A semifinals

Saturday, Oct. 31

9 a.m.; Boys’ cross country at Saratoga Spa State Park, Suburban Council Championships

9 a.m.; Girls’ cross country at Saratoga Spa State Park, Suburban Council Championships

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.