The Loudonville Christian School boys soccer team looked strong in its opening week of the season.
The Eagles won three of their first four games, including a 10-0 victory over Bishop Gibbons Monday at the Boght Soccer Complex in Latham.
Dillon King had three goals and three assists to raise his career total to 106 goals, which places him seventh on Section II’s all-time scorers list, one behind Johnsburg’s Andrew Heim in sixth place. Leo Pusatere also recorded a hat trick against Bishop Gibbons, while Eric Hudspath contributed two goals and an assist.
The victory over Bishop Gibbons came two days after Loudonville Christian (3-1) placed second at the Voorheesville Invitational. The Eagles defeated Christian Brothers Academy 4-1 in last Friday’s opening round before losing to Voorheesville 1-0 in last Saturday’s championship game.
King scored the first three goals of the game, and Hudspath added a goal off a feed from Sam Freda to help the Eagles defeat CBA (0-3). The Brothers’ lone goal came late in the first half when Brandon Bolger scored off a pass from Chris Ponthokkan.
Goals were much harder to come by in Saturday’s championship game. Neither team got on the scoreboard until late in the second half when Voorheesville’s Joe Cillis tallied off a lead pass from Hayden Wood. The two teams combined for nine shots on goal.
Loudonville Christian began its season last Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over Germantown in a Central Hudson Valley League game.
Hudspath tallied twice, with King, Freda and Koury Deeb all adding individual goals. Deeb also had two assists for the Eagles, who launched 19 shots on goal.
Loudonville Christian returns to action Thursday when it hosts Doane Stuart in a CHVL game.
Stumbling out of the gate
Both Shaker and Colonie struggled in their first week of Suburban Council action.
Shaker is off to a 1-2 start in the Suburban Council North Division after sandwiching losses to Shenendehowa and Saratoga around a 1-0 victory over Niskayuna.
The Blue Bison battled Shen to a 1-1 tie through the first half before the Plainsmen (3-0) pulled away to a 4-1 victory last Tuesday. T.J. Izykowski tallied the go-ahead goal in the second half, and David Clemens scored two of his three goals down the stretch to put the game out of Shaker’s reach.
Adam Shamlian had the Blue Bison’s lone goal in the first half.
Shaker bounced back last Thursday with its win against Niskayuna. Andrew Marino scored early in the first half off a feed from Luke Scarchilli and maintained control the rest of the way to break into the win column.
The momentum from that victory was short-lived as Saratoga downed Shaker 4-0 last Saturday. Like the Shen game, the Blue Bison battled hard through the first half before Saratoga pulled away with three goals in the second half.
Noah Cadet recorded a hat trick, and Chris Jayko added a goal for the Blue Streaks.
Colonie (0-2-1) hasn’t broken into the win column yet. The Garnet Raiders were surprised by Columbia 1-0 last Tuesday, and then following a 0-0 tie with Guilderland last Thursday they fell to Bethlehem 2-1 last Saturday.
Colonie outshot Columbia 15-4 in last Tuesday’s game, but the Blue Devils got the only goal when Jon Gavitt tallied midway through the first half.
Colonie goaltender Todd Lawson had a strong game against Guilderland, as he stopped several Dutchmen shots to keep last Thursday’s game scoreless. Lawson kept up his strong play against Bethlehem last Saturday, making 15 saves against heavy pressure by the Eagles. The only shots that got by Lawson were first-half tallies by Danny Carillo and Kenny McDermith.
Eden Hadjimuratovic scored Colonie’s lone goal against Bethlehem.
Shaker and Colonie were back in action Tuesday. Shaker met Bethlehem, while Colonie traveled to Clifton Park to face Shen.`