The Beekmantown boys’ and Saranac girls’ soccer teams will represent Section VII in the Class B regional semifinals today.
The Eagles defeated Plattsburgh High 2-0 for their second championship in three years, while the Chiefs needed sudden-death penalty kicks to fend off Beekmantown to win their first title since 1995 Friday.
Beekmantown (11-3-1) vs.Ichabod Crane (19-0-0)
Schuylerville Central School, 6 p.m.
Fresh off its Section VII Class B championship, Beekmantown will challenge top-ranked Ichabod Crane, the Section II representative, in the state’s regional semifinal round at 6 p.m. today.
The winner will face Canton, who claimed the Section X championship by knocking off top-seeded Ogdensburg Free Academy, at a Section X site yet to be determined Saturday.
“The kids are looking forward to going down and playing against a top-notch team,” Beekmantown coach Ryan Loucy said. “We’re curious to see how we measure up against a team and program of that caliber.”
The Riders finished 14-0-0 in the Colonial Council and enter the game with a 19-0-0 mark. Ichabod Crane has outscored its opponents 108-5, defeating teams by five or more goals on 11 occasions.
Offensively, the Riders are led by Seth Scarano. The senior midfielder has accumulated 31 goals and 24 assists. Scarano has scored more goals individually than 14 of 21 boys’ soccer teams in Section VII.
Like Scarano, senior fullback Heriberto Gomez (20-6-26) and senior midfielder Alex Niemann (14-9-3) have also recorded double-digit goals.
Diego Lezama (6-7-13), Miguel Martinez (7-4-11) and Tyler Suchoski (3-7-10) rank fourth, fifth and sixth in team scoring, respectively.
“We’ve talked about playing disciplined in our defensive end and making sure we keep a body between them and the goal,” Loucy said. “Being disciplined is something we stressed throughout the week of practice.”
Ichabod Crane has been backed by senior goalkeeper Pierce Reilly in net. Reilly has faced 39 shots in all, saving 36 for a 92 percent save percentage.