Paige Spittler scored the only goal of the game Wednesday night and Seton Catholic held on for a 1-0 victory over Northern Adirondack in the Section VII Class C girls' soccer semifinals.
The win sends the Knights into next Thursday's title contest at AuSable Valley against top-seeded Lake Placid, which had to go to penalty kicks to eliminate Moriah in the other semifinal.
"We had split our regular season meetings with NAC and I knew it was going to be a battle," Seton Catholic coach Jason Fenner said."
Shannon Egan assisted on Spittler's game-winning goal, which came 26:51 into the first half. Spittler was in the center when she found the net inside the far post.
"Even though we took the lead, it didn't deflate NAC," Fenner said. "Instead, it seemed to bring out the best of them.
"They were pushing forward the last 10 minutes of the game. With about three minutes left, there was a big scramble in front of our net, and I don't know how Shannon (Olsen) came up with the save.
"But we've been stressing consistency, and we were able to get the shutout tonight. I have to give my defense credit because we have been struggling with similar things."
Olsen finished with 10 saves for the second-seeded Knights, and Jesslin Golovach stopped 11 shots in net for the third-seeded Bobcats.
"Golovach played a fantastic game for them," Fenner said.
Seton Catholic 1, NAC 0
NAC 0 0 — 0
Seton Catholic 1 0 — 1
First half- 1, SC, Spittler (Egan), 26:51.
Second half- no scoring.
Shots: Seton Catholic 17, NAC 16.
Saves: Olsen, SC, 10. Golovach, NAC, 11.
Lake Placid 0, Moriah 0, OT Placid wins in PKs
The game was scoreless through two regulation halves, two 10-minute overtimes and two five-minute sudden-victory extra stanzas before Carissa Kennedy and Liz Leff scored on penalty kicks to give the top-seeded Blue Bombers a 2-1 win.
Leff made four saves in net for Lake Placid, while Hayley Waldron finished with 14 stops for the Vikings.
"Moriah played a good game and was solid on defense, led by Waldron in goal," Lake Placid coach Heather Brewer said. "Leff had a good game in goal for us and also scored one of our two penalty kicks."
Lake Placid 0, Moriah 0, OT
(Placid wins, 2-1, in penalty kicks)
Moriah 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) — 0
Lake Placid 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) — 2
Shots: Lake Placid 14, Moriah 4.
Saves: Leff, LP, 4, Waldron, Mor, 14.