MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Friends Academy boys soccer coach Marshall Lindner really liked the way his Quakers played in their win over Haldane in the Southeast Regional final.
He was even more impressed in Friends Academy's 3-0 win over Lake George in the state Class C semifinal Saturday at Middletown High School.
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"Same level," Lindner said. "We moved the ball well, played for each other and used all the players on the field. Playing for each other is what these guys are all about. One more win."
Maximilian Heffron got it started for the Quakers, scoring in the 11th minute to give Friends Academy a 1-0 lead. Heffron's unassisted goal was nice, a burst through the defense to send one in from point blank range, but it was his ability to save a ball from going out of bounds in front of the scorer's table that showed how much Friends Academy wanted this one. "We have that mentality of coming out so strong and never letting up and finishing them early," Heffron said.
The Quakers (14-1-2) can capture their third state title in program history if they defeat Lansing at 3 p.m. Sunday. Friends Academy last won state titles in 2009 and 2010.
"The turf was slippery out there," said Jon Nierenberg, who scored in the 16th minute on a direct kick that made it 2-0 Friends. "It wasn't the best shot, but a goal is a goal."
Harrison Seideman tacked on another first half goal, this one off an assist from Harry Nicolas, in the 36th minute to cap the first half scoring with the Quakers leading by three.
"We work on timing in practice," Seideman said. "When we do what we do, it demoralizes the opponent."