CANTON - The majestic skills and speed of undefeated Ichabod Crane (19-0-1) and the opportunism of Hoosic Falls (16-5-0) produced victories for Section 2 over Section 10 Champions Ogdensburg Free Academy (8-5-4) and Canton Central (9-5-4) on Tuesday in New York State Boys Soccer action at SUNY Cantons turf field.
In Class B action the Riders from the Southern tip of Section 2 near the Hudson River blanked OFA 3-0 to lift their goal differential to 100-2. In Class C action the Panthers, playing the regionals for the first times since the early 1980s, broke a scoreless deadlock in 1:03 into sudden victory overtime.
Both teams will chase NYS Final Four berths on Saturday against Section 7 Champions in the Plattsburgh area.
Alex Neimann finished off a play set up by Richardo Cruz with just 52 seconds left in the first half and the Riders went on to add a pair of second-half goals to put away the Blue Devils. Seth Scarano made it 2-0 when he converted on a penalty kick in the 13th minute of the second half. Seven minutes later, Tyler Jabalanski sealed the win with a unassisted goal from 35 yards out.
Pierce Reilly made four saves backstopping the win while Jacob Sias handled 14 shots in the losing cause.
In the first game of the night at SUNY Canton, Chris LaCroix scored the overtime game-winner to lift Hoosick Falls past the Golden Bears.
Noah Chani handled 10 shots for the Panthers (16-5-0) while Scott Wight made four saves for the Bears.
CLASS D SEMIS
In the two Section 10 Class D boys soccer semi-finals played at the Potsdam Central turf field, Heuvelton edged Chateaugay 2-1 and Harrisville knocked off top-seeded Lisbon 1-0.
Heuvelton 2, Chateaugay 1: The St. Lawrence County Bulldogs built a 2-0 lead then held on for the win after giving up a late goal in the first game played at the Potsdam turf.
Aaron Cobb opened the scoring off an assist from Joe McDonell in the 30th minute. Dedrick Johnson made it 2-0 in the 13th minute of the second half assisted by Mike Guardino before Chad Stalter got Chateaugay on the baord with eight minutes left in regulation by finishing off a play set up by Tyler Martin.
Chris Power made five saves backstopping the win as Heuvelton improved to 13-3-2. Josh Trombley fielded 12 shots for Chateaugay (10-5-3).
Harrisville 1, Lisbon 0: In the nightcap, Joey Butts scored from Nick Weir with less than three minutes left in the first half and the Pirates (15-5) made it stand for the win over the top seeded Golden Knights (13-3-2).
Zane Mono made three saves working the crease for the shutout while Jim Robinson stopped nine shots in the losing cause.
The Section 10 Class D final between Heuvelton and Harrisville is slated for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Potsdam Central turf.