Defending champion Cherry Valley-Springfield and Margaretville attempted three shots apiece in shutout losses in Section Four Class D boys soccer semifinals on slick fields at the Wright National Soccer Campus on Thursday.
Both squads fell by 2-0 scores, with the third-seeded Patriots losing to No. 2 Marathon and fourth-seeded Margaretville falling to No. 1 Elmira Notre Dame.
“It was messy,” CV-S coach Terri Adams said. “The fields were in bad shape. There was a lot of slipping and sliding. It was hard to change direction. It was hard to get a good foot on the ball, but it was the same for the other team, too.”
Marathon and Elmira Notre Dame, both Interscholastic Athletic Conference programs, will take 15-2 records into the Section Four Class D final at 12:15 p.m. Saturday back at the WNSC.
Marathon 2, CV-S 0
Daniel Lincoln and Zack Brandstadt scored second-half goals for the Olympians, who held a 7-3 advantage in shots.
Lincoln opened the scoring with 30 minutes, 12 seconds left. Kody Barry set for a direct kick between midfield and the 18-yard penalty box. He sent a pass to the far post that Lincoln headed into the goal.
With 20:55 left, Marathon made it 2-0. It started with a corner kick that the Patriots initially got out of harm’s way. But Brandstadt tracked it down and took a long shot that skimmed off a CV-S defender’s head and into the goal.
Adams said a Patriots goal was disallowed after Brandstadt’s goal.
Noah Russo sent a throughball that Kyle Jaquay finished, but Jaquay was ruled to be offsides.
“We scored and then (the whistle) was blown,” Adams said.
Of Marathon, Adams said: “I thought their sweeper in the back, he did a really nice job of keeping us out of the 18 and then they looked to feed it long. It was quite hard to work the short passing game for both teams.”
Wyatt Crowley made six saves for CV-S.
The Patriots have amassed a 51-4-2 record over the past three seasons, including a sectional title in 2011, when CV-S dropped a 1-0 decision to Section
Three’s Hamilton in a state quarterfinal during a snowstorm at Morrisville State.
“My kids played hard,” said Adams, whose team lost, 1-0, to Morris in the Tri-Valley League crossover final. “We played to the finish, so you can’t be upset with that. I think we had a really great season. We came together as a team and had good results. We were balanced front to back and we were a solid unit.”
CV-S will graduate six seniors off of this year’s squad.
“We’re very young,” Adams said. “I would have to say a majority of my roster is sophomores.”
Elmira ND 2,
Brandon Mahajan scored about 25 minutes into play and Alex Nassar contributed a second-half goal to lead the Crusaders.
Mahajan scored from 6 yards after receiving a crossing pass from Li Molingou.
Then with 15 minutes left, Nassar took a pass from Mahajan, settled it and took one touch before beating Blue Devils goalie Mitch Hull with a low shot the left corner.
“They were a pretty tough team,” said Margaretville coach Jeremey Marks, whose team’s 15-1-3 season included a 1-1 tie with South Kortright in the Delaware League crossover final. “At this level, it’s a defensive struggle and the game is controlled in the midfield. They happened to convert a couple of chances.”
Hull finished with six saves.
“Mitch played well,” Marks said. “I was hoping we could have generated some more chances, but they’re a good passing team. We couldn’t get a lot going today.”
Marks said he expects to have seven to eight starters back next season and 19 returning in all.
“We’ll have a lot of guys returning,” he said. “We don’t sneak up on anybody. We’ll have a good core returning, plus a good modified team.
“I’m very pleased with our season,” he continued. “Obviously, I wished we could have advanced, but I’m very proud of what we accomplished, especially with us being on the relatively young side.”