Greenville (7-0) is the top seed in this week’s season-ending Patroon Conference tournament, which features the top four teams in the league. The other three participants were to be determined on Monday night, pending the outcome of a makeup game between Maple Hill and Hudson. The tournament begins on Wednesday at Taconic Hills with games at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The two winners will meet at Hudson High School on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Spartans took a quick 2-0 lead on Maple Hill in Saturday’s game before an Eli Charlebois goal cut the deficit to 2-1 at halftime. Greenville went to add three unanswered goals in the second half to lock up the victory.
“The credit has to go to the players, they showed up ready to go this season,” Greenville coach Nathan Forrest said. “Each team in the Patroon this season all presented their own challenges, but the boys made it their goal from the start to make this shortened season worth it and they didn’t disappoint. Now it’s on to the Patroon tournament where we need to build on that success.”
Jack Motta and James Mitchell both had two goals for the Spartans. Miles Weiss also scored a goal. Ben Reinhard had two assists and Weiss had one.
“Personally. I am very proud, it’s been awesome to see how the team has been motivated to be the best we can be collectively despite they’re being no sectionals. It’s awesome to put our quality to the test against a strong team like Maple Hill and come out of it with such a great result,” Mitchell said.
As always, the Spartans’ great teamwork was on display in Saturday’s contest.
“I think what contributes to how well we have played together is that we have been playing together for years and the team mentality is to always improve,”
The Spartans won’t be able to test themselves against the best teams section II has to offer in sectional play because of the corona virus pandemic, but Mitchell and his teammates are grateful they had the chance to play at all.
“I think it’s definitely disappointing that we are not able to test our full potential and see what we’re truly capable of,” Mitchell said. “Overall, I think our team has done well focusing on the games that we are able to play, even though we all wish we could play in sectionals.”
With the regular season title already theirs, Mitchell said the team isn’t about to let down in the league tournament.
“I feel confident going into the tournament with my team,” Mitchell said. “I think as long as we play with energy and set the tempo early, we have high chances of taking the league.”
Mitchell credited coach Nathan Forrest with keeping the team focused and preparing them to always be at their best.
“I’d just like to personally thank Mr. Forrest for all the effort he’s put into the team and instilling the mentality of always wanting to get better,” Mitchell said.
Coxsackie-Athens 2, Catskill 1
COXSACKIE — Geddy williams scored a pair of goal to lead Coxsackie-Athens to a 2-1 victory over Catskill in Friday’s Patroon Conference boys soccer game.
Eddie Rogers tallied catskill’s lone goal off an assist from Ryan Carter.
C-A held an 11-3 edge in shots on goal and had 13 corner kicks to the Cats’ three.
Spencer Tergeoglou had three saves for the Indians. Cody Young stopped six shots for the Cats.
Hudson 2, Taconic Hills 1
CRARYVILLE — Hudson overcame a slow start to earn a 2-1 victory over Taconic Hills in Friday’s Patroon Conference boys soccer game.
Kobe Van Alstyne staked the Titans to a 1-0 lead with a first-half goal.
Hudson came to life in the second half, getting goals from Yahir Velasco and Zakhariah Chowdhury to take the lead for good. Abid Ali and Zach Bernockie each had an assist.
Hudson finished with seven shots on goal, while Taconic hills had three.
Hudson goalkeeper Kasey Moore turned away two shots. The Titans’ Izac Jennings had five saves.
Cairo-Durham 4, Chatham 0
CHATHAM — Cairo-Durham finished regular season play in the Patroon Conference with a 4-0 victory over Chatham on Friday.
Diego Rivera had yet another big game with a hat trick to lead the Mustangs. Ethan Phillip sealed the win, finishing a penalty kick. Damien Camelbeek and Aiden Leo each had an assist.
Chatham’s young team worked hard and gave a C-D a good amount of pressure in the midfield, but the Panthers were unable to find the net.