Soccer: Top-seeded Niskayuna rallies to defeat Columbia

Olivia Piraino of Niskayuna passes the ball to a teammate during Monday's Section II Class AA quarterfinal game against Columbia. Trailing the play for the Blue Devils are Margaret Boyagian and Dora Hayes.Olivia Piraino of Niskayuna passes the ball to a teammate during Monday's Section II Class AA quarterfinal game against Columbia. Trailing the play for the Blue Devils are Margaret Boyagian and Dora Hayes.

Olivia Piraino scored two goals, and Ali Greco notched the game-winner as top-seeded Niskayuna rallied twice to beat Columbia 3-2 in a Section II Class AA quarterfinal soccer game Monday.

Piraino tied the game at 2 in the sixth minute of the second half and assisted on Greco’s deciding goal in the 23rd minute.

Columbia grabbed the lead five minutes in on a goal by Margaret Berger, and, after Piraino quickly answered, Bridget Austin pushed the Blue Devils ahead in the 17th minute.

Erin Doyle made nine saves for the Silver Warriors. Sage Smith made 11 stops for the Blue Devils.

Ya-Ya Van Ness and Sarah Covell scored goals early in the first half, and Julia McDonald made three saves to lift Saratoga Springs over Colonie 2-0.

Julia DiMenna and Chloe Ray had assists for the Blue Streaks (11-3-2), who play Niskayuna (14-0-3) Thursday night at 7 at Stillwater.

Shenendehowa beat Guild­erland 3-0 on two goals by Ava Sullivan and another by Jenn Kirker.

Sullivan and Kendra Harbinger had assists for the Plainsmen, who meet Bethlehem Thursday at 5 at Stillwater.

Bethlehem ousted No. 2-seed Shaker in the third overtime 2-1. Holly Moore delivered the winning goal.

CLASS B

Sydnee Metzold booted in three goals and assisted on another, and top-seeded Schalmont opened defense of its Class B championship with a 5-1 win against Tamarac.

The Sabres (15-1-1) pulled away from a 1-1 halftime tie, with Metzold scoring the first two goals of the second stanza and all three of her goals in the 45-minute stretch. Kaylie Older had two goals in the second half and Alexis Horwedel began the Sabres’ scoring.

Sofia Cassano and Vanessa Wainright both had two assists for the Sabres, who take on Voorheesville Wednesday at 5 at Stillwater.

Rebecca Clair produced three goals, Veda Hensel picked up three assists, and Voorheesville advanced to the semifinal round with a 4-0 win over Cohoes.

Julia Voss had the Blackbirds’ other goal.

Catholic Central got two goals and an assist from both Claudia Fountain and Emily Frodyma, and knocked off Hoosick Falls 4-0.

Kay Valley made seven saves for the Crusaders, who meet Colonial Council foe Holy Names in a Wednesday semifinal at 3 at Stillwater.

Holy Names beat Schuylerville in penalty kicks 4-3 to take a 2-1 decision. Ava Panto scored the clinching goal for Holy Names, and teammate Megan Marini had a goal in the second half.

Emily Vallee scored for Schuylerville in the first half.

CLASS C

Katie Krohn scored two goals and Carrie Krohn had the other one in Schoharie’s 3-0 first-round win over Granville.

Schoharie’s defense, which did not allow a shot to reach Abigail Wetsel, recorded its 10th shutout in 17 games (16-1).

Maple Hill got a first-half goal from Skylar Householder and five saves from Arianna Papas in a 1-0 win over Cairo-Durham, and earned a quarterfinal date Thursday at 7 against host Stillwater.

Hoosic Valley secured its spot in a Wednesday game at 3 at Mechanicville after clipping Greenville 1-0 on first-half goal by Samantha Dickinson.

Lauren Paul made five saves for the Indians, and Eddy Madison set up the goal.