Shenendehowa’s Kaitlyn Curley, left, tries to serve the ball before Niskayuna’s Allie Shea reaches her during last Saturday’s Suburban Council North Division game in Niskayuna.
Anka Parzych gave the Niskayuna girls soccer team its biggest win of the young season.
Parzych scored with 33 seconds left in regulation to lift the Silver Warriors past Shenendehowa 3-2 in Saturday's Suburban Council North Division game.
Niskayuna (2-0) survived several scoring threats by Shen (1-1) over the final 25 minutes of the second half before Parzych blistered a shot past goaltender Juliana McDermott off a feed from Emily DeWald.
"Anka buried that in the top right corner," said Niskayuna coach Bryce Colby. "That was quite a goal -- exciting stuff."
"I thought we played really well today," said Shen coach Holli Mulholland. "There was just a little bit of a let down in the final two minutes."
Both teams fought through fatigue in Saturday's game. Shen was coming off a 1-0 overtime victory over Saratoga less than 24 hours prior to the game, while Niskayuna had just beaten Ballston Spa 3-0 Friday.
"The season is tough game to game anyway, but to play two of the top teams back to back is very hard," said Mulholland.
Both teams were also missing key players due to season-ending injuries. Niskayuna defender Kayla Treanor is out until early 2012 after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in her left ankle, while Shen forward Katie Trainor is out for the season after suffering a stress fracture in her left foot.
"It's definitely a hit," said Mulholland of losing Trainor, one of her leading scorers last year. "It's disappointing on a lot of levels. It's her senior year, and you hate to see anyone lose their senior year. And she had a great rapport with Kristen Connors up front. But, I like how the other forwards are stepping in for her."
"She's going to be a coach for us," Colby said of Treanor, who had her surgery following a strong showing for the United States team at the World 19-and-under Women's Lacrosse Championships last month in Germany. "She knows the game, and she's already helping the kids with one-on-one instruction."
Colby said Niskayuna's defense played well against Shen's offense without Treanor, despite facing pressure through much of Saturday's game.
"I think we struggled in the midfield, and that put our defense at a disadvantage," said Colby. "But individually and as a group, our defense played great."
Meghan Doyle gave Niskayuna a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when she chipped a shot over McDermott, but Ali Lewis tied the game for Shen in the final minute when she drilled a shot into the upper left corner of the goal. There were more offensive fireworks in the first five minutes of the second half as Doyle struck again for Niskayuna and Connors knocked home a rebound off Shannon McMillan's initial shot for Shen.
"That's what you've got to do on a goalie. You have to be right up on her for rebounds and second shots," said Mulholland.
Shen continued to pressure Niskayuna's defense, but goaltender Katie Hartlage made several diving saves to keep the score tied until Parzych struck the game winner. Hartlage finished with 14 saves, while McDermott stopped nine shots for Shen.
Shen and Niskayuna face North Division foes Tuesday. Shen hosts Ballston Spa, while Niskayuna travels to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.
"Tuesday is a big hump for us because Burnt Hills beat us soundly last year," said Colby. "They won by an aggregate score of 7-1 [over two games]."