Mason Snell leads OESJ into boys’ Class D final; Argyle upsets Northville in 2OT

GLOVERSVILLE — High winds, heavy rain and a slick artificial turf surface couldn’t keep senior Mason Snell and his Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville teammates out of the Section II Class D final — in fact the Wolves used it to their advantage.

Snell scored two goals and assist on the eventual game-winning third score as OESJ defeated Loudonville Christian 4-2 Tuesday night at Gloversville High School.

“A lot of those shots we can us to our advantage because it will skip off the turf and we can score easier that way, but the conditions were horrible,” Mason Snell said.

He scored the lone goal in the first half off a direct kick from 18-yards out.

“I knew if it hit off a defender it would ricochet because I hit it so hard,” he said. “I know if I put it right at the goalie or anywhere on goal it was going on because that shot is so hard, and the ball is so slick.”

The senior striker hit nothing but the back of the Eagles net.

Snell struck again from outside the 18 — this time with finesse versus power — midway through the second half.

“I knew I didn’t have the left-foot shot because it was still on my right foot,” Snell said. “I saw [the defender] creep over to the far side of the goal. If I can get it with the outside of my foot and put it right in.”

Andrew Snell, Mason’s cousin, and Dylan Barnes each added goals for OESJ, advancing to Saturday’s Section II final at Colonie High School.

“One of the main things we’re trying to accomplish this year is we’re not just playing for this year’s team but playing for the Spring II team when we were 10-0 and didn’t get a chance to go to sectionals,” OESJ coach Mark Snell said. “The two times we’ve been to the sectional title game, got there and it didn’t happen.”

ARGYLE UPSETS NORTHVILLE IN 2OT

Argyle sophomore striker Connor Brockway followed up a shot late in the second overtime, taking advantage of a miscue by the goalkeeper and scored to advance the No. 7 seeded Scots into the Class D final with a 1-0 win in the nightcap.

“I was going for the ball that got shot,” Brockway said. “I rushed the goalie, he had bumped into me, the ball got loose, and I just kicked it in.”

It was just the sixth shot on goal for Argyle after more than 100 minutes of play, devastating for the Falcons, who dominated the offensive end throughout the contest in a continuous downpour.

“In the first half although we definitely dominated, we were a touch off, our passes had too much weight on them and we had struggles adjusting to the surface, Northville coach Steve Clapper said. “Second half our possession game was there, we were looking for each other, we created our opportunities.

“I think the biggest thing at the end of the day we didn’t put it in the back of the net. We had our opportunities, and it was just an unlucky day for us.”

REIDELL LEADS NORTHVILLE GIRLS PAST NORTH WARREN

Sophia Reidell scored a goal and tallied four assists in the Falcons 7-0 Class D quarterfinal win over North Warren.

“I think most of the times where I did have a chance to shoot, I wasn’t at the best angle where I could be passing to someone where they would have the better angle,” Reidell said.

Reidell’s ability to communicate helps set up her teammates.

“There were times where there are players that know to be open, but there were times I had to say back post, be there,” Reidell said.

The seven-goal difference allowed Reidell to be generous — at least in the quarterfinal.

“It’s good to look around, but if we were in a tighter game, we’ve got to finish those balls,” coach Doug Hammons said. “We have to be a little selfish in the box, taking those shots.”

Northville will face St. Johnsville Thursday at Gloversville with Fort Ann taking on Germantown in the opposite semifinal.

“It’s going to be teams that we’ve faced in our own divisions, it’s a WAC showdown,” Hammons said. “It’s going to be a tough one for us and we have to be ready.”

BOYS’ SOCCER

SECTION II TOURNAMENT

CLASS D SEMIFINALS

OESJ 4, LOUDONVILLE CHRISTIAN 2

Halftime: OESJ led 1-0. OESJ scoring: M. Snell 2-1, A. Snell 1-0, Barnes 1-0. Loudonville Christian scoring: Quadrini 2-0, Irish 0-2. Goalies: OESJ, Owen, 8 saves. Loudonville Christian, Keparutis, 15 saves.

ARGYLE 1, NORTHVILLE 0 (2OT)

Halftime: 0-0. Argyle scoring: Brockway 1-0. Northville scoring: None. Goalies: Argyle, Montello 11 saves. Northville, VanNostrand, 5 saves.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

SECTION II TOURNAMENT

CLASS D QUARTERFINALS

NORTHVILLE 7, NORTH WARREN 0

Halftime: Northville led 3-0. Northville scoring: Reidell 1-4, Edwards 1-0, K. Thompson 2-0, Valovic 2-0, Morgan 1-0. North Warren scoring: None. Goalies: Northville, Monroe, 1 save. North Warren not reported.

By Stan Hudy

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