Niskayuna soccer team recognized for season achievements

KATE BUNSTER/GAZETTE REPORTER

Coach Bryce Colby proudly holds the proclamation given by Assemblymember Steck at the Dec. 15 town board meeting.KATE BUNSTER/GAZETTE REPORTER Coach Bryce Colby proudly holds the proclamation given by Assemblymember Steck at the Dec. 15 town board meeting.

BY KATE BUNSTER
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — It was no secret that the Niskayuna High girls’ soccer team had a great year. But now it has an official stamp on it.

On Dec. 15, the team was honored at a Town Board meeting for their accomplishments through the season, culminating in the Section II Class AA title. The team also received a proclamation from Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Colonie.bicycle safety

There to accept the award was the whole team, in addition to manager Spencer Napolitano and head coach Bryce Colby, who has been leading the girls’ team for 21 years.

Presenting the resolution was Councilwoman Julie McDonnell. The girls smiled as she read off their accomplishments from the 2015 season.

While the team was standing up receiving their award, Colby asked the girls who participated in rec soccer to raise their hands. Almost all did.

“Most of these girls started playing when they were 7 years old … going out on the field in their oversized T-shirts,” said Colby. “Now they are going out there at the section playoffs.”

Throughout the season, the team took 17 wins, two ties and one loss, overall. The girls averaged three goals per game, with a season total of 69 goals scored, the Town Board noted in its resolution.

It was the thirteenth Section II Championship title win for the Niskayuna girls soccer team. With their accomplishments on the field, the team was ranked sixth in Class AA for all of New York state.