Whitehall soccer head coach Ceil Brandi had been wondering what the results would be like if her team played well for an entire 80 minute game.
She doesn’t need to wonder anymore.
The Railroaders upset second place Fort Ann, 1-0, Tuesday evening on their home pitch.
Emily Harker’s goal midway through the first half put the Railroaders on top and their defense held on to preserve the win for Whitehall.
“That’s our best game of the season,” said Brandi. “It’s the best game we’ve played collectively as a team: offense, defense, goal keeping, throw-ins, everything. We finally put it together for 80 minutes; we haven’t done that yet this year. It’s a great win for us.”
Whitehall controlled the tempo, maintaining possession of the ball on their end of the field throughout the first half.
At the 17:24 mark in the first half, Brittney Putorti took a corner kick and delivered a beautiful pass to Harker who put the ball in the top of the net for the goal.
“It was a beautiful shot that made it just over the goalkeeper’s hands,” Brandi said.
The win avenged a 3-0 defeats to Fort Ann earlier in the season maintained a tie between Whitehall and Bolton for fourth place in the Adirondack League at 3-4-1 (Whitehall’s overall record is 4-4-1) and kept them half a game behind Salem. Fort Ann is 6-4-1.
Whitehall plays Bolton next Tuesday and the game will have big ramifications in seeding for Sectionals. If Whitehall wins they would break the tie with Bolton and have the head to head tiebreaker meaning they would most likely play Salem in the first round depending on how things shake throughout the rest of the league next week.
Lake George clinched the regular season title yet again with the loss by Fort Ann.
Despite the win, the Railroaders continue to seek consistency. Brandi said the team has looked great in spurts and bad at other times.
That was evident last week when they played tough against Lake George and then dropped a match to Salem that they should have won.
The Railroaders fell to Lake George 2-0 on Oct. 4 and lost to red-hot Salem 2-1 on Oct. 6. Both matches were played away from the friendly confides of Whitehall’s home field.
Whitehall fell into an early deficit against Lake George from which they were unable to recover.
Kathleen Goutos and Jamie Jarett scored within a 10-minute span in the first half to give Lake George the win.
The game was extremely physical with each team receiving a red card.
Kelsey Farley had eight saves for the Railroaders who managed only five shots on goal compared to 22 by Lake George.
The result was an improvement over the first game this year when Lake George rushed out to three first half goals in route to a 5-0 victory.
Last Thursday the Railroaders traveled to Salem to play a Generals team that came into the game riding a 2-1-1 mark over their previous five games, including a 1-1 tie against Whitehall earlier this season.
But much like Lake George two nights before, Salem raced out to two first half goals and Whitehall was unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities as they fell 2-1.
Rebecca Lavin’s strong season continued as she scored the Railroaders lone goal. Kelsey Farley had a strong game, saving 15 shots for Whitehall.
The Railroaders will hope to build on Tuesday’s win when they host Luzerne tonight at 7 p.m. in a rare night game, before finishing off league play at home against Bolton next Tuesday.
They finish the season with a pair of non-league games on the road against Granville (Oct. 21) and Hudson Falls (Oct. 24).