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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 3, 2011

Voorheesville squeaks past BKW in girls’ soccer Friday, but loses on Tuesday

By Jordan J. Michael

SCHENECTADY –– There was very little separation between Voorheesville and Berne-Knox-Westerlo during the Class C girls’ soccer match on Saturday. A late goal let the Blackbirds escape with the win.

Junior Hannah Brackett finished Eryn Ryan’s cross with a header with 1:30 left in regulation play to put Voorheesville ahead, 1 to 0. The Birds had plenty of scoring chances during the game, but they went unfinished, or were saved by BKW goalie Liz Harvey.

“Eryn served up a great ball,” Brackett said after the win. “I think it hit the back of my head.”

Harvey played an excellent game in net, keeping the game tied almost throughout. Brackett’s winning header went into the top far corner, literally unreachable for any goalie. Harvey punched out a few dangerous corner kicks and saved a header by Ryan.

“It was an ugly win,” Voorheesville Head Coach Joe Santos said. “We didn’t make any adjustments. Give credit to the other team for fighting hard.”

The Lady Birds advanced to the Class C quarterfinals at top-seed Hoosic Valley on Tuesday, losing 2 to 0. Santos said that it was an even game, but Voorheesville misplayed two balls that became two goals for Hoosic Valley. It was the first time the Birds were shut out this season.

“There’s not one team that’s much better than the next,” Santos said of the Class C field this year. “A few games were disappointing, but we had a good season. Four years ago, this team only won three games.”

BKW won 10 games this year, which Head Coach Bill Dergosits said was “phenomenal” and “huge” for his team’s future. “We got the ball rolling,” he said. “That’s all I could have asked for.”

Senior Abby Swint thinks that BKW should be very proud of their accomplishments. “We worked really hard,” she said. “It’s sad to be leaving this family.”

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