Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville girls earn top seed

After reaching the Class D state final four in 2015 before falling 3-1 in overtime to Wheatland-Chili in the semifinals, the Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville girls soccer team has been on a mission.

“At the end of last year they said we want to be back in Cortland in November,” Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville coach Zale Benton said. “Everybody doubted us because we lost some really great seniors last year. I lost seven seniors last year and some who were instrumental. But my freshmen have stepped up. We have three freshmen in the back field and an eighth-grader on the outside wing. They are very focused and know where they want to be in November.”

The Lady Wolves will start their run in the same place they did last season, as the top seed in the Section II Class D tournament.

OESJ (14-2-0) will have to wait until Tuesday to start its postseason run. The Wolfpack will host the winner of Friday’s play-in game between No. 8 Doane Stuart (5-6-2) and No. 9 Heatly (4-11-0) in the quarterfinal round.

Postseason tournament nerves should disappear fast as this group of players have found success in the past.

“This group of seniors won sectionals in their freshman season and lost in regionals to the team [Eldred] we beat last year in Regionals,” Benton said. “We popped up to the Cs [2014] and made it to the final four in the Cs and lost in a heartbreaker [3-0 to Canajoharie in semifinals]. Then last year we made it to the state tournament. The seniors [Caitlin Handy, Alexis Romeyn, Abby Mosher, Emilie Engle and Addie Brundage] have been stellar and a great motivators. Every day in practice has been great. They know and have bought into it. These guys are just warming up and are excited going into the postseason.”

The winner will move on to the 7 p.m. match of the Oct. 28 semifinals at Lansingburgh and play the winner between No. 5 Fort Plain (6-9-1) and No. 4 Fort Ann (11-4-0). The Lady Hilltoppers and Cardinals will play their match also Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Fort Ann.

On the other side of the bracket Northville received the third seed with a 10-5-1 record and will host No. 6 Saratoga Central Catholic (11-5-0) Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Second-seeded Bolton (12-4) will play the winner of Friday’s match between No. 7 Salem and No. 10 Mekeel Christian Academy on Tuesday with the victor moving into the 5 p.m. semifinal match on Oct. 28 at Lansingburgh.

The Class D championship match is scheduled to be played at 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 at Lansingburgh High School.

Gloversville (9-6-1) enters the Class A tournament as the No. 7 seed and will take to the road for its quarterfinal match against second-seeded Averill Park (9-5-2) on Saturday at 3 p.m.

“I know some coaches they have played against and have some films,” Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. “We will be ready. I believe that if we play our game we can play with anybody. I am excited to see how we play against a Suburban Council team.”

Getting a bye into the quarterfinal match may benefit the Lady Dragons.

“A full week of practice to prepare for a team. As a coach you can’t ask for anything better,” Hallenbeck said. “We can get our fitness up and get a solid game plan ready. Plus it gives a chance for some of our nagging injuries to heal.”

Foothills Council champion Scotia-Glenville received to top seed in the Class A tournament.

Johnstown and Broadalbin-Perth enter the Class B tournament as the 12th and 13th seeds respectively.

Johnstown (5-8-2) will play its opening-round match Friday at 3 p.m. against No. 5 Cohoes (10-4-0) in Cohoes.

The Lady Patriots (5-10-0) will take to the road to face No. 4 Voorheesville (14-2-0) in a 3 p.m. match Friday at Voorheesville High School.

Schalmont received the No. 1 seed in the Class B tournament with a 14-1-1 record, while Schuylerville (12-1-2) was seeded second.

Western Athletic Conference contender Galway is seeded ninth in the Class C tournament with a 9-5-1 record. The Golden Eagles will travel to face No. 8 Cambridge (9-7-0) at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Lake George received the top seed in the Class C tournament with a 16-0-0 record with Schoharie seeded second with a 15-1-0 mark.

In the Section III Class C tournament, the Dolgeville Lady Blue Devils were awarded the 11th seed and will travel to play No. 6 Bishop Ludden of Syracuse at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Amsterdam, Canajoharie, Fonda-Fultonville, Mayfield and Wells girls teams opted not to participate in their respective postseason tournaments.

SECTION II GIRLS SOCCER

Class AA

First Round

Thursday, Oct. 20, 3 p.m.

Game 1: No. 9 Ballston Spa at No. 8 Columbia

Game 2: No. 10 Troy at No. 7 Bethlehem

Quarterfinals

Monday, Oct. 24

at higher seed

Game 3: Game 1 winner at No. 1 Niskayuna, 3 p.m.

Game 4: No. 5 Colonie at No. 4 Saratoga Springs, 3 p.m.

Game 5: No. Guilderland at No. 3 Shenendehowa, 6 p.m.

Game 6: Game 2 winner at No. 2 Shaker, 3 p.m.

Semifinals

Thursday, Oct. 27

at Stillwater H.S.

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.

Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 5 p.m.

Championship

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m.

at Stillwater H.S.

Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner

Class A

First Round

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Game 1: No. 9 Emma Willard at No. 8 Lansingburgh

Saturday, Oct. 22

Quarterfinals

Game 2: Game 1 winner at No. 1 Scotia-Glenville, 3 p.m.

Game 3: No. 5 South Glens Falls at No. 4 Mohonasen, 6 p.m.

Game 4: No. 6 Queensbury at No. 3 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 6 p.m.

Game 5: No. 7 Gloversville at No. 2 Averill Park, 3 p.m.

Semifinals

Tuesday, Oct. 25

at Stillwater H.S.

Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 7 p..m

Game 7: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 5 p.m.

Championship

Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

at Stillwater H.S.

Game 8: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner

Class B

First Round

Friday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m.

Game 1: No. 9 Coxsackie-Athens at No. 8 Tamarac

Game 2: No. 12 Johnstown at No. 5 Cohoes

Game 3: No. 13 Broadalbin-Perth at No. 4 Voorheesville

Game 4: No. 11 Cobleskill-Richmondville at No. 6 Hoosick Falls

Game 5: No. 10 Holy Names at No. 7 Albany Academy

Quarterfinals

Monday, Oct. 24, TBA

at higher seed

Game 6: Game 1 winner at No. 1 Schalmont

Game 7: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner

Game 8: Game 4 winner at No. 3 Catholic Central

Game 9: Game 5 winner at No.2 Schuylerville

Semifinals

Wednesday, Oct. 26

at Stillwater H.S.

Game 10: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 7 p.m.

Game 11: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 5 p.m.

Championship

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m.

at Stillwater H.S.

Game 12: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner

Class C

First Round

Saturday, Oct. 22

Game 1: No. 16 Greenwich at No. 1 Lake George, 3 p.m.

Game 2: No. 9 Galway at No. 8 Cambridge, 3 p.m.

Game 3: No. 12 Hoosic Valley at No. 5 Greenville, 3 p.m.

Game 4: No. 13 Berne-Knox-Westerlo at No. 4 Mechanicville, 3 p.m.

Game 5: No. 14 Berlin at No. 3 Stillwater, 7 p.m.

Game 6: No. 11 Maple Hill at No. 6 Cairo-Durham, 3 p.m.

Game 7: No. 10 Middleburgh at No. 7 Chatham, 3 p.m.

Game 8: No. 15 Granville at No. 2 Schoharie, 3 p.m.

Quarterfinals

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m.

Game 9: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner

Game 10: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner

Game 11: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner

Game 12: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner

Semifinals

at Lansingburgh H.S.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Game 13: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 5 p.m.

Game 14: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 3 p.m.

Championship

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.

at Lansingburgh H.S.

Game 15: Game 13 winner vs. Game 14 winner

CLASS D

Friday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m.

Game 1: No. 9 Heatly at No. 8 Doane Stuart

Game 2: No. 10 Mekeel Christian at No. 7 Salem

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m.

Game 3: Game 1 winner at No. 1 Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville

Game 4: No. 5 Fort Plain at No. 4 Fort Ann

Game 5: No. 6 Saratoga Catholic at No. 3 Northville

Game 6: Game 2 winner at No. 2 Bolton

Semifinals

Friday, Oct. 28

at Lansingburgh H.S.

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.

Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 5 p.m.

Championship

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m.

at Lansingburgh

Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner

SECTION III GIRLS SOCCER

Section III Class C

Play-in Round

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m.

Game 1: No. 17 Thousand Island at No. 16 LaFayette

First Round

Thursday, Oct. 20

Game 2: Game 1 winner at No.1 Watertown-IHC, 6 p.m.

Game 3: No. 9 Waterville at No. 8 Frankfort-Schuyler, 8 p.m.

Game 4: No. 12 Mount Markham at No. 5 Beaver River, 3 p.m.

Game 5: No. 13 Cato-Meridian at No. 4 Tully, 3 p.m.

Game 6: No. 14 Onondaga at No. 3 Sauquoit Valley, 7 p.m.

Game 7: No. 11 Dolgeville at No. 6 Bishop Ludden, 6 p.m.

Game 8: No. 10 Morrisville-Eaton at No. 7 Cooperstown, 3 p.m.

Game 9: No. 15 South Lewis at No. 2 Little Falls, 3 p.m.

Quarterfinals

Saturday, Oct. 22

Time, Site – TBA

Game 10: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner

Game 11: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner

Game 12: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner

Game 13: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner

Semifinals

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Time, Site – TBA

Game 14: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner

Game 15: Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner

Championship

Friday, Oct. 28

Time – TBA

at SUNY Cortland

Game 16: Game 14 winner vs. Game 15 winner

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