Leading off today:
Junior Aidan Rice's second goal of the game wasn't as interesting as his first, but it was nevertheless enough to give Saratoga a 2-1 boys soccer victory over Shenendehowa in a clash of state-ranked squads Thursday.
Shenendehowa began the days fifth and Saratoga 16th in Class AA in the New York State Sportswriters Association rankings.
Rice's winner came with 6:32 to play after he worked his way through three defenders. Midway through the second half, he scored his eighth goal of the season by ripping a shot that hit the inside of the left post and then the right post before falling over the goal line.
"I feel like as a team, we wanted it more in the second half," Rice told The Times Union after the Blue Streaks improved to 11-1-1. "Being down 1-0, we had all the more reason to pick it up and bring it back."
Shen was literally hobbled by injuries that sent two starting defenders to the bench in the second half, but Plainsmen coach Jonathan Bain downplayed that factor.
"In all honesty, (the injuries) didn't have that much to do with it. They outplayed us in the second half. They just did," he said. "Every tackle, every head ball, every second ball: those are all effort things. They outworked us."
More boys soccer: Mamaroneck completed its second consecutive sweep of the regular-season series vs. New Rochelle with a 1-0 victory on Cole DiCicco's goal midway through the second half.
Tigers goalie Max Vicinelli made eight saves for the shutout.
New Rochelle is ranked 12th and Mamaroneck 22nd in Class AA. The teams also met in the 2016 Section 1 quarterfinals, where New Rochelle advanced on penalty kicks.
"We play them two times a year in the league, so they know all our set plays, like they were calling out our set plays even before we called them," Mamaroneck midfielder Reed Sakakeneny told The Journal News. "We kind of have to play a different game against them and that makes it hard."
• Junior goalkeeper Conner Golley set the school record for career shutouts with his 34th in Allegany-Limestone's 1-0, non-league triumph at Olean. The Gators, ranked sixth in Class C, improved to 13-0.
Girls soccer: Kendra Oldroyd's third goal of the game was also the 100th of her career as Elmira downed Binghamton, 5-1.
Football Week 6: This will be the best two days of the season for confrontations between ranked teams, with seven head-to-heads in just Class AA alone:
- No. 1 Troy vs. No. 15 Shaker
- No. 2 Lancaster vs. No. 29 Jamestown
- No. 7 Oceanside vs. No. 22 Freeport
- No. 8 Cicero-North Syracuse vs. No. 14 Baldwinsville
- No. 11 Newburgh vs. No. 28 Monroe-Woodbury
- No. 16 Cardinal Hayes vs. No. 19 St. Anthony's
- No. 17 Aquinas vs. No. 27 McQuaid
And that list doesn't even include No. 6 Canisius' trip to Ohio on Friday to take on Massillon Washington (5-1).
The top two teams in Class B are also facing ranked foes: No. 1 Glens Falls vs. No. 5 Schuylerville and No. 2 Chenango Forks vs. No. 24 Norwich. Class A has a huge Section 1 matchup between No. 2 Yorktown and No. 6 Our Lady of Lourdes
Here are links to schedules for Week 5 football action:
• Complete state schedule.
• Ranked-teams schedule.
• Spectrum Cable telecasts and streaming schedule.
More football: Syracuse University hosts Clemson at the Carrier Dome a week from tonight -- on Friday the 13th no less.
Friday games are now commonplace in college football, but this one gnaws at me more than most because it takes place on the final Friday of the high school regular season for most Upstate New York teams. Playoff berths and sectional seedings will be on the line.
I wrote about the situation in my weekly column for the Press & Sun-Bulletin.
Not a smart idea: Blind Brook school officials are investigating a racially insensitive social media incident involving its boys soccer team, The Journal News reported this week.
The posting involved a reference to a U.S. nuclear bomb program -- The Manhattan Project -- regarding an upcoming game against Keio Academy, an all-Japanese private school.
It appears someone associated with the Blind Brook boys soccer team, ranked fourth in the state in Class B this week, created a Facebook event for the Sept. 28 game, which ended in a 1-1 tie, and titled the event "The Varsity Soccer Manhattan Project."