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.”