Boys' soccer back on track

Albany High soccer team playing an opponent on the field.

The Albany High School boys’ soccer team waited 11 months for this, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Harrison Leon’s curling strike off a free kick in the second half punctuated the Falcons’ 3-1 home win over Niskayuna during the Sept. 26 rematch of the teams’ memorable – and, for the Falcons, heartbreaking – Section 2 Class AA quarterfinal meeting in 2018.

In that game last October, Albany High rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second half to force overtime. Just seconds from heading to penalty kicks at the end of the second extra period, Niskayuna scored the winner on a brilliant shot that ended the Falcons’ season in stunning fashion.

On the night of Sept. 26, it was the Falcons opening a 2-0 lead thanks to first-half goals from Hser Nay Wah and Muiz Bayewu. Leon assisted on Hser Nay Wah’s opener and then made it 3-0 with his perfectly placed free kick after halftime.

The goal secured a badly needed win that ended a three-game winless streak for Albany High.

The win kept the Falcons (6-3-1) in first place in the Suburban Council Gray Division, and also denied the Silver Warriors (6-2-1) a chance to move into a first-place tie with CBA and Shenendehowa in the Suburban Blue.