Hoosick Falls girls soccer returns to final after win over Friends Academy

DRYDEN, N.Y. - The Hoosick Falls Central School girls soccer team has been a strong second half team all season. That trend continued in a big way on Saturday in the state semifinal.

Grace Delurey scored midway into the second half and Jordyn Haynes added two insurance tallies as Hoosick Falls reached the Class C state final for a second straight season with a 3-0 win over Friends Academy at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.

The Panthers (20-2) out-shot Friends Academy (9-5) in the first half, but couldn't find the back of the net. But the second half was a different story, as Delurey finally broke the scoreless deadlock with her 29th goal of the year.

Haynes doubled the lead seven minutes later, then put the exclamation point with three minutes to go to finish off the game. The scores were her team-leading 31st and 32nd of the season.

"Once we got the first one, we opened it up a little bit, then we dominated," said Hoosick Falls coach Tom Husser, who will be looking for his third state championship. "We keep being a second half team."

Friends Academy's top player, Krystina Iordanou, didn't play in the semifinal, choosing instead to play in an Olympic Development Program event. Iordanou has already committed to play next fall at Vanderbilt.

"We had a game-plan either way whether she was playing or not," Husser said.

The Panthers will face the top-ranked team in Class C, Keshequa. The Section V championship won their semifinal 3-1 in overtime against Section III's Sauquoit Valley.


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