If there was any question about the boys soccer team to beat in the Tri-Valley League this season, Cherry Valley-Springfield might have answered it emphatically Wednesday.
The Patriots received goals from four players and held a 19-2 advantage in shots during a 4-1 victory at Morris in a rematch of last year’s crossover final that the Mustangs won, 1-0.
“We’re just young,” Morris coach Dave Sander said of his 3-1 squad. “We’re not ready for that. We played OK. Three of their goals just came on stuff in the box that we couldn’t clear. We just got really flat in the back.
“They have great spacing,” he continued. “They’re where they’re supposed to be on the field. They have guys like Wyatt (Crowley), Ben Drugatz and Jake Spencer. When those three guys, who are very good soccer players, are left unmarked they’re going to hurt you.”
Noah Russo opened the scoring for the 5-0 Patriots. He scored from close range seven minutes into play after controlling a ball that deflected around in the box.
Five minutes later, Crowley set up Spencer’s goal to make it 2-0.
Crowley then scored 5:50 before halftime off an assist from Jake Fassett.
Mike Murphy narrowed Morris’ deficit to 3-1 3 ½ minutes into the second half off an assist from Ryan Morlock.
It stayed that way until Kurt Pressly scored for the Patriots with six minutes left.
“They played possession soccer,” Sander said of CV-S. “If the ball got cleared their sweeper, Nick Mills, did a fantastic job. He was great on the ball. He was calm on the ball and played it nicely.”
The Mustangs (3-1, 3-1) will travel to Milford on Friday.
Milford 2, Edmeston 0
Michael Strenck scored goals four minutes apart in the first half as visiting Milford won in the Tri-Valley League.
Strenck opened the scoring 17 minutes before halftime. Peyton Griffiths sent a crossing pass that Strenck headed inside the far post.
“That was a nice header,” Edmeston coach Ken Plows said.
Strenck’s second goal came off a scramble in front of the net.
Edmeston held an 8-4 advantage in shots. Max Lang made eight saves for the Wildcats.
“The trouble right now for my boys is we’re getting shots off, but we’re not able to finish,” Plows said.
The Panthers (3-3, 2-3) will travel to Schenevus on Tuesday.
Delhi 1, Walton 0
Mitch Reed’s third goal of the season came four minutes into play and lifted host Delhi to victory in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
David Burgin set up Reed’s goal.
Leon Cohen made five saves for the Bulldogs (3-1), who will host Greene on Friday.
Margaretville 7, Gilboa 0
The unbeaten Blue Devils received three goals from Cooper Reither and two apiece from Matt VanValkenburg and Kyle Short en route to a Delaware League win at home.
Short opened the scoring five minutes into play off an assist from VanValkenburg.
Reither extended the lead to 2-0 off an assist from Sam Gil.
Margaretville (4-0, 3-0) will host its Nelson Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The host school will play Coleman Catholic at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Downsville and Tri-Valley will meet in the first semifinal at 5:30 p.m.
Franklin 4, RS 0
Nate Moon scored twice for the Purple Devils, who earned a Tri-Valley League road victory.
Gabe Latoroca opened the scoring for Franklin, which also received a goal from Derek Beers.
On Monday, Richfield Springs defeated Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, 2-1.
Tommy Worobey scored just before halftime to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.
Worcester 2, Laurens 2
Visiting Laurens scored twice in the last four minutes of regulation to earn a Tri-Valley League tie.
Leif Ericson volleyed in a bouncing ball in the box to cut the Leopards’ deficit to 2-1 with four minutes left. One minute later, Jerry Soucia scored on a 30-yard shot to tie it.
Worcester took a 2-0 lead on goals by Ben Starr and Ian Young. Starr beat a defender before scoring into the lower corner nine minutes before halftime. Young made it 2-0 with seven minutes left in the second half, finishing a cross from Joe Aho.
Cody White made 10 saves for Laurens.
Worcester (1-3-1, 1-3-1) will play at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Friday.
Schenevus 0, G-MU 0
Host Schenevus held a 12-2 advantage in shots but settled for a Tri-Valley League tie. Austin Burnside made nine saves for Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.
Robert Burton finished with two saves for the Dragons (2-3-1, 2-2-1), who will visit Franklin on Friday.
Milford 5, Edmeston 0
Three goals and one assist from Addy Lawson helped host Milford to a Tri-Valley League win at home.
Lawson scored two minutes into play, finishing a crossing pass from Hannah Saggese from close range. Nine minutes later, Saggese chipped a pass into the box that Lawson headed into goal.
The Wildcats (5-1, 4-1) made it 3-0 16 minutes into play when Lawson sent a throughball that Emilie Mertz finished.
Brooke Stanford also scored and Saggese finished with three assists for Milford, which will travel to Morris on Friday. Milford and Morris played in the Tri-Valley League final last season. The teams shared the title after playing to a 0-0 tie.
CV-S 0, Morris 0
Neither side could find the goal in a matchup of Tri-Valley League heavyweights at Cherry Valley-Springfield.
“It was kind of back and forth,” Patriots coach Amy Garretson said. “It was in the 18 a lot for both teams. It was a well fought game. The possession was probably 50-50. (CV-S goalie) Kylie (Graham) had a few nice saves as well as their goalie (Kaylin Oliver).”
Graham had six saves, one more than Oliver.
Garretson said her team’s best chance came in the second overtime. Zane Ashford set up for a direct kick that went just wide of the left post.
“We’ll take it,” Garretson said of the tie.
The Patriots (4-1-1, 3-1-1), who held a 13-7 advantage in shots, will travel to Laurens on Friday.
Oneonta 14, Norwich 0
Taryn More scored 24 seconds into play off an assist from Abby Picinich and host Oneonta High encountered little resistance during a Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory.
“We’re in two entirely different positions as programs,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said of the lopsided outcome.
Ten players scored for the 5-0 Yellowjackets. Taylor Hitchcock scored three goals, More and Mariah Ruff had two goals apiece, and Kendall Gillette, Brieanna Baker, Nicole Harmer, Picinich, Madison Miller, Mallory Herrick and Rachel Brown also scored.
Things figure to get considerably more difficult for the Yellowjackets over their next two games. They’ll host Susquehanna Valley today and then host Seton Catholic Central on Tuesday.
SV earned a 4-2 win over SCC earlier this season. The Saints lost to the Yellowjackets in the last two Section Four Class B finals, 3-0, two years ago and then 4-0 in overtime last season.
“It could be a big step up for us,” Mackey said of playing the Sabers and Saints. “They’re two big steps along the way for us. I’m excited for the girls to have the challenge and to see how they play. Can they keep the energy and effort up for 80 minutes? I have some strong feelings how it will turn out. We’ll see if this new group can meet the challenge. We’ll use these next two games as a benchmark to see where we are.”
Schenevus 5, G-MU 0
Sierra Bentley scored twice, and Sarah Platt, Sarah Mellor and Kassie Jeffers also scored in Schenevus’ Tri-Valley League road victory.
Mimi Teft had an assist for the Raiders, who led, 4-0, at halftime.
Franklin 3, RS 1
Jordan Beers scored twice on headers in the first eight minutes to lead undefeated Franklin to a Tri-Valley League victory at home.
Beers scored four minutes in, heading in a cross from Jessica Downin. Beers then headed in her second four minutes later off a corner kick from Mariah McNeilly.
Downin made it 3-0 at the 13-minute mark, scoring from 20 yards.
Tessa Buck scored on a breakaway 12 minutes into the second for Richfield Springs.
Franklin (5-0, 5-0) will play at Schenevus on Friday.
Laurens 0, Worcester 0
Laurens’ Courtney Sherry and Worcester’s Kerrin O’Shaughnessy finished with seven saves apiece as the Tri-Valley League squads played to a tie at Laurens.
“Both of us had some good opportunities, but neither team could capitalize,” Laurens coach Scott Bolton said.
The Leopards (1-4-1, 1-4-1) will host Cherry Valley-Springfield on Friday.
Cooperstown’s girls earned Center State Conference victories over Hamilton (20-incomplete), Remsen (21-40), Clinton (21-39) and Sherburne-Earlville (15-incomplete).
Samantha Fanion led the way for Cooperstown, finishing second in 20 minutes, 59 seconds over a 3.0-mile course. Sage Hurta of Hamilton won in a course-record 19:46, beating the previous record of 20:31 set by Fanion last season.
“I was pleased with how well she did,” Cooperstown coach Jessie Ravage said of Fanion.
Kristin Ratliff placed third for Cooperstown in 21:09 and Jaime Zoltick was seventh, running a personal best on her home course of 22:38.
Cooperstown’s boys earned victories over Hamilton (26-31) and Remsen (17-incomplete). Cooperstown fell, 16-43, to Clinton.
Jacob Russell led the way for Cooperstown, finishing seventh in 20:39. Clinton’s Jack Yaworski won in 18:15.
Cooperstown will travel to Poland on Wednesday.
Sidney 2, Hancock 0
Nicole Smith and Breanna Voltz scored to lead host Sidney to a Section Four Conference victory.
The Warriors (2-3, 1-1), who received assists from Dawn Savino and Katy DeShaw, held a 33-2 advantage in shots.
at Sidney CC
Trenton Stillman shot a 42 for Sidney, which lost to Harpursville, 225-229, in a Midstate Athletic Conference match.
Kyle Smith contributed a 45 for the Warriors (4-2), who will host Hancock on Tuesday.
Cody Hawkins’ 41 paced Harpursville.