A year ago, the boys soccer team from S.S. Seward Institute knocked Rhinebeck High School out of the Section 9 Class C tournament in the semifinals.
The second-seeded Hawks on Sunday will get their chance to avenge that loss, having secured a spot in the 3 p.m. sectional title game against the top-seeded Spartans with Friday’s 8-0 semifinal win over sixth-seeded Fallsburg.
“The guys set goals for themselves at the beginning of the year, and this was definitely on their list,” said Rhinebeck coach Justin Wiesenthal, referring to reaching the sectional championship game. “They’re ecstatic to be back in the finals. Seward holds the title, and we know we have our hands full.”
Fallsburg (10-8) had its “hands full” with Rhinebeck (15-2); the Hawks’ held the Comets to one shot on goal en route to the shutout.
“The defense has been playing aggressively and did a nice job again today. They’ve been doing that all year,” Wiesenthal said. “The way our team defends, it allows our offense to do its thing.”
Junior forward Seth McClenahan scored two goals and assisted on two others, while classmate Brandt Slayton, also a forward, added two goals and an assist.
“These guys certainly showed a lot of teamwork and a lot of unselfish play,” said Wiesenthal, whose team got single goals from four other Hawks.