GUILDERLAND — The Bethlehem girls soccer team struck for two early goals on its way to a 3-0 victory over Guilderland Saturday, Oct. 8, in a Suburban Council game.
Bethlehem (6-5-1 league, 6-7-1 overall) scored twice in the first 20 minutes of the first half and added a goal with less than two minutes left in the second half to defeat Guilderland (5-4-3, 5-5-3) on the Lady Dutch’s Senior Day.
“It changes the entire complexion of the game when you score first,” said Bethlehem coach Tom Rogan. “And then when you get a second, it definitely makes things easier for that team in that particular situation.”
Meanwhile, Guilderland had trouble getting quality scoring chances against a tight-marking Bethlehem defense.
“They were very quick to the ball,” said Guilderland coach Curtis Snyder. “They disrupted a lot of the passes we wanted to move up to the forwards.”
Bethlehem’s victory makes the race for the No. 5 seed for the Section 2 Class AA playoffs that much tighter. The Lady Eagles, Guilderland, Columbia and Colonie are tightly bunched in the Suburban Council Blue Division.
“We need every win right now,” said Rogan. “So, to beat a good team like Guilderland helps build confidence, but we still have Colonie, who is playing very well coming in(to the Oct. 13 showdown in Delmar), and we finish off our season with Columbia (Oct. 15).
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