STILLWATER — AuSable Valley hadn’t allowed a goal in its first three playoff games, and when Hoosick Falls scored early in the second half, the Patriots were a little rattled.
That gave the Panthers a chance to extend their lead.
Hoosick Falls totaled four second-half goals in its 4-0 shutout of AuSable Valley in an NYSPHSAA Class C girls’ soccer regional final Saturday at Stillwater High School.
“We knew they were going to come out strong against us in the second half. We wanted to boom it into their end and sorta take it away, but they had adjusted quite well,” AuSable Valley coach Bruce Bourgeois said. “And they’re the sort of team, we knew if they scored, they were going to come back again.
“And our girls were hanging their heads for a little bit after that first goal, and they got a couple more. And then what are you gonna do?”
Hoosick Falls (19-2), which is ranked third in Class C, advanced to the Final Four next weekend in Cortland.
AuSable Valley goalkeeper Bryce Douglass had to make 11 saves in the first half to keep it a scoreless game. She stopped a line drive early on and batted away a high shot just before the horn. The Patriots’ best opportunity came when Hoosick Falls’ keeper Hannah Fricke came way out to stop the ball and it got past her. But AuSable Valley couldn’t get a shot off.
The Panthers came out pressuring in the second half and took control of the game in the first five minutes.
With 1:24 gone, Douglass went down, and Jordyn Haynes fired a shot into the right side of the net. Shortly afterward, Hoosick Falls sent a high shot just over Douglass’s fingertips and off the crossbar. Less than a minute later, the Panthers hit the crossbar again, but this time the ball found the net. Allie Martin was credited with the goal.