PHOTOS: Hare, Red Hook set stage for showdown with Spackenkill in MHAL final

PHOTOS: Hare, Red Hook set stage for showdown with Spackenkill in MHAL final

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PHOTOS: Hare, Red Hook set stage for showdown with Spackenkill in MHAL final

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Red Hook's Colin Sullivan gains control of the ball as Wallkill's Ryan Castle closes in on him during Tuesdays Mid-Hudson Athletic League Semi-Final held in Staatsburg.

Red Hook’s Colin Sullivan gains control of the ball as Wallkill’s Ryan Castle closes in on him during Tuesdays Mid-Hudson Athletic League Semi-Final held in Staatsburg.

Red Hook's Dennis Hare drives the ball past Wallkill's Corey Scheibling to score Red Hook's fourth goal during Tuesdays Mid-Hudson Athletic League Semi-Final held in Staatsburg.

Red Hook’s Dennis Hare drives the ball past Wallkill’s Corey Scheibling to score Red Hook’s fourth goal during Tuesdays Mid-Hudson Athletic League Semi-Final held in Staatsburg.

Red Hook's Zach Sivulich headers the ball past a line of Wallkill's players during Tuesdays Mid-Hudson Athletic League Semi-Final held in Staatsburg.

Red Hook’s Zach Sivulich headers the ball past a line of Wallkill’s players during Tuesdays Mid-Hudson Athletic League Semi-Final held in Staatsburg.

Red Hook's Dennis Hare headers the ball into the goal past Wallkill's Jeffrey Arenas during Tuesdays Mid-Hudson Athletic League Semi-Final held in Staatsburg.

Red Hook’s Dennis Hare headers the ball into the goal past Wallkill’s Jeffrey Arenas during Tuesdays Mid-Hudson Athletic League Semi-Final held in Staatsburg.

Dennis Hare scored twice to lead Red Hook over Wallkill High School, 4-1, in Mid-Hudson Athletic League boys soccer semifinals at Franklin D. Roosevelt on Tuesday.

The Raiders advance to the MHAL final to face Spackenkill at 5 p.m. Thursday at Roosevelt. The girls MHAL final is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

“We’ve had to move Dennis around the field because he gets a lot of attention,” Red Hook coach Steve Sutton said. “He’s been coming back to the midfield a little more, but he’s still been able to score. He’s got a second gear and good physical strength.”

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Wallkill scored first, but Hare answered quickly. He tied it at 1 on a header off a feed from Robbie Graham. Zach Sivulich then put the Raiders ahead, scoring on a free kick that deflected in off the goalkeeper. Colin Sullivan made it 3-1. Zach Decker made three saves for the Raiders (14-1).

“I’ll probably end up telling the team at some point that we’re where we should be,” Sutton said. “It wasn’t the prettiest match we’ve played, but we earned our way into the final.”

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Chris Stamper scored twice and Jake Kaufman added a goal as Spackenkill beat Rhinebeck, 3-0, in the other semifinal. The Spartans are 12-3.

“We scrimmaged (Spackenkill) for about 15 minutes in August,” Sutton said. “I’m pretty sure they scored a couple on us. They’re good all over the field and they move really well. They’re physical and have excellent communication.”

Stephen Haynes: shaynes@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4826, Twitter: @StephenHaynes4

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