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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 3, 2011

Team in final four
Dutchmen soccer to face Shenendehowa in semifinals

By Jordan J. Michael

GUILDERLAND –– The Dutchmen soccer team had some offensive struggles during the regular season, but that seems to be all patched up now as Guilderland prepares to face Shenendehowa in the final four of Class AA.

Guilderland showed its potential for offensive firepower against LaSalle in the first round on Friday by scoring eight goals, which doubled its next highest goal total for a single game this year. In the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Guilderland proved its defensive will by shutting out Big Ten top-seed Albany, 2 to 0.

The Dutchmen’s defense has never been in doubt, giving up only 23 goals on the season, but eight goals against LaSalle may have turned some heads. Nick Iuorno, Vito Mesiti, and Ryan Ghizzoni each scored twice. Most of the goals came off talented maneuvers.

“We’ve gone more direct,” Dutch Head Coach Mike Kinnally said of the offense on Friday. “We’re pushing players out of the midfield and penetrating more balls.”

Shenendehowa is the number-one overall seed in Class AA, coming off a 4-to-0 drubbing of Columbia in the quarterfinals. Guilderland lost to the Plainsmen this season, 2 to 1. The semifinal match is tonight at 7 p.m. at Colonie High School.

The Dutch and Shen have had some classic matches over the years. More of the same is expected on Thursday.

“We’re scoring more lately,” Kinnally said. “We’ll try to carry that.”

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