Falcons cruise past Germantown, 8-0

QUEENSBURY – The rematch is set.

In 2012, the Northville Falcons and the Fort Ann Cardinals met in the Section II Class D title game with the Cardinals escaping with a 2-1 victory.

Tuesday both teams punched their tickets back to the championship game.

The second-seeded Falcons overpowered No. 6 Germantown 8-0, while top-seeded Fort Ann cruised past Argyle, 6-1 Tuesday at Queensbury High School.

“Germantown is a very good side and they did well to get to this point,” Northville coach Steve Clapper said. “But our goal is to play our best soccer at this time of the year and I think right now, we are on par for where we want to be.”

Where they want to be is in the championship game with three-time defending champion Fort Ann at 4 p.m. Saturday at Colonie High School.

Tuesday afternoon, the Falcons took control of the semifinal match early with a crisp passing game that put the Germantown defense on its heels.

The pressure paid off just under 14 minutes into the match when Danny Reidell received a long pass out of the midfield from Brian Ginter and fired a shot past Clippers goalkeeper Rowan Dubois for a 1-0 advantage.

The Falcons went to work on getting a second goal on the board. After near-misses on attempts by Wolfgang Reinke and David Onzo, they extended the lead to 2-0 when Onzo finished off a pass from Will Wilson.

Three minutes later Onzo picked up his second score of the half when he intercepted a clearing pass, split a pair of Germantown defenders and fired a low shot past Dubois for a 3-0 lead with 8:41 left in the opening half.

The Clippers pushed forward with an offense surge that resulted in their first shot on net with 5:30 left in the half. Falcons’ goalkeeper Tim Monette came up with the save on Tyler Fuchs’ solid attempt to end the threat.

Northville quickly regained its momentum and Reidell capitalized on a one-on-one situation with Dubois to slot home his second goal of the half for a 4-0 lead.

Germantown made a final run at the Falcons’ defense in the closing minute resulting in a pair of shots on net from Fuchs and Scott Scrodin. Monette was up to the task, knocking Scrodin’s attempt away and then gathering in Fuch’s attempt on the rebound to keep the shutout intact.

The Falcons dominated play in the second half with their back line pushed up to midfield, keeping constant pressure on the Germantown defense.

Reidell picked up his third goal of the match with 27:42 remaining on a breakaway to open the lead to 5-0 before Kalob Russell put a hard shot on net that Dubois stopped but could not control and Russell followed through on the rebound to net the sixth Northville goal of the match.

Less than two minutes later, Reidell delivered his fourth goal, this time finishing a pass from Ginter to up the score to 7-0.

Onzo completed his hat trick with 12:32 remaining. Brandon Blowers fired a hard shot on goal that Dubois deflected and Onzo was there to put the loose ball in the net for the 8-0 final score.

“When they work together the combinations come, the give-and-goes, the overlaps, those are what present the opportunities going forward for us,” Clapper said. “I think today they were really on. We also had a lot of senior leadership today and they led by stepping up through their play. They showed how the team needs to be.”

For the match Northville outshot Germantown 28-3 and held a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Dubois came up with 18 saves, while Monette made three first-half saves to earn the team’s 12th shut out of the season.

Since their lone loss of the season to Saratoga Catholic Central on Oct. 11, the Falcons have outscored their opponents 21-0.

“I think our spacing was very good today in terms of working together as a team. One of the biggest things for us going forward is that we create opportunities as a team it is not individuals stepping up to make things happen for us. When things happen for us they happen as a team,” Clapper said. “Tonight we are going to enjoy this win, they deserve that, and tomorrow we will pick up and start moving forward to playing Fort Ann on Saturday.”

The Falcons enter Saturday’s title game ranked sixth in the state among Class D schools, while Fort Ann is ranked third.

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