Shenendehowa Boys Soccer clinch Section 2 Final

Sam Kobylar

 

On Monday November 3rd, Shenendehowa High School’s boys soccer team played against rival Niskayuna for the Section II championship at Colonie. Niskayuna came into the game ranked number 4 in Section 2, coming off a 4-2 upset win over #1 in Section II, Shaker. Shenendehowa came in ranked number 2 in the section and number 4 in New York State, coming off a 1-0 win over Guilderland with an overall record of 15-3-1, thanks to the great relationship this team has. Shenendehowa senior Kyle Clemens said, “We are one big family,” regarding his relationship with his teammates and coaches. Shenendehowa is seeking its first Section II title since 2011. These two schools have played each other twice throughout the regular season, with both games resulting in close games. Shenendehowa won the first game 2-1 at Shenendehowa on September 6th. The second game resulted in a 0-0 tie at Niskayuna on October 14th. Both schools had big student sections attending the game. Shenendehowa senior Miles Burbank said, “The Shenendehowa student section is the best student section it has ever been for soccer.”

Throughout most of the game, it was a battle between Niskayuna goalie Riley McDonald and Shenendehowa goalie Jerry Lewandowski as the game was tied at 0 at the half. This shutout between the two teams would continue until 12 minutes remained in regulation, when Shenendehowa senior James Homan got a header in thanks to a beautiful corner assist by another Shenendehowa senior, Miles Burbank. After the game, Burbank said, “I had a loss of words after James hit the game winning goal.” Shenendehowa senior Mike Miner said, “It was crazy at first, but we still had 12 minutes left and had to stay focused until the end of the game.” Shenendehowa would go on to win 1-0 and will play against section III champions Fayetteville-Manlius, who are ranked number 1 in New York State and are undefeated on the season on Saturday November 8th at Syracuse. The Plainsmen are very excited for the opportunity and look to build on a great season by winning the state championship. Shenendehowa senior Kyle Clemens said, “It would mean everything to me to win a state championship as a senior, we worked very hard all year and would love to see that hard work pay off.”

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