Panthers, Indians on a quest for title

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HOOSICK, N.Y. >> Three of the four local teams in the New York soccer playoffs will get home games as the Section II tournament begins today.

The highest seed is the Hoosick Falls girls, who are a No. 6 in Class B and will face No. 11 Cobleskill at 3 p.m. on Friday.

The Panthers finished the season at 9-4-3, third in the Wasaren League behind Mechanicville and Stillwater. As part of that run, the Panthers are 5-0-3 in their final eight games so they are heading into the playoffs with momentum.

"The last eight games, we started to put it together," said Hoosick coach Tom Husser. "We had a big turnover from last year, lost six starters from a year ago. It took a while to jell, get the kids in the right spots to develop. I thought we would be about the 5, 6 or 7 and we're in the middle of that."

Cobleskill, as part of the Colonial Council, was 6-9 overall.

Both Cambridge teams have home games as well. The boys are the No. 7 seed in Class C and host Berlin, the No. 10 seed, on Thursday at 3 p.m. The Indians were 12-3-1 and finished second overall in the Wasaren League.

Berlin, out of the Central Hudson Valley League, was 9-1 and won the league title for the third straight season.

The Cambridge girls are the No. 8 seed, narrowly getting a home game against No. 9 Galway (8-5-1) from the Western Athletic Conference, the other side of the section. The winner will face either No. 1 Lake George or No. 16 Greenwich. 7-7. 9-7 overall.

The lone away team is the Hoosick Falls boys, who are the No. 14 seed after a 3-11-2 campaign. They'll face Schalmont, the No. 3 seed in Class B, tonight at 6 p.m. The Sabres, a member of the Colonial Council, went 11-3-1.


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