The Daily Star
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Coulter Wiley scored two first-half goals to lead Chenango Forks to a rare boys soccer victory over visiting Oneonta High, 3-1, Wednesday in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.
Longtime Yellowjackets coach Alex Brannan said it’s the first time since a sectional loss in 2008 that the Blue Devils have beaten his squad.
“It was one of those days where it was just working,” said OHS coach Alex Brannan, whose team beat Forks, 2-1, earlier this season. “One of our players was late for the bus, so were late getting there and you just have that bad feeling. Then they scored 6 minutes in.”
On Coulter’s first goal, Brannan said the Yellowjackets had several defenders in position to stop him, but “everyone stood there looking at him. They were looking and saying, ‘I thought you had it.’ I said, ‘Guys, I don’t care who has it, just somebody go to the ball.’ Every goal we’ve given up this year has been a defensive mistake. It’s just guys standing around thinking somebody else will do it.”
Coulter scored again 11 minutes later to make it 2-0. It came shortly after OHS defender Kai Davies suffered an ankle injury and had to come out.
Brannan said Coulter was close to being offsides on the play. He got behind a midfielder and a defender en route to the goal.
The Yellowjackets (6-2, 6-2) halved their deficit with 13 minutes left in the half on a penalty kick by Theo Malone. He was pulled down in the penalty box before scoring on the pk to the right side.
Malone had an excellent chance to tie the score with 11 minutes left in regulation. He had a breakaway but pushed his shot by the post. A minute later, Brandon Dutcher scored for Forks to make it 3-1.
“We didn’t play well enough to win,” said Brannan, whose team won the STAC title last season. “We’ve been playing in that mediocre range and getting results. Today, we played in that mediocre range and didn’t get results. We didn’t get the ball in the back of the net and it’s always harder when you’re away from home, especially on turf.”
Hamilton 1, Cooperstown 0
Dakota Thomas scored from close range with 8:03 left in the first half to lift visiting Hamilton to a Center State Conference victory.
Brian Meeks assisted Thomas’ goal as Hamilton (6-1) improved to 5-0 in conference.
“We didn’t clear it,” Cooperstown coach Frank Miosek said. “We had two guys there and they had two guys. It bounced to them and they pushed it in from 5 yards.”
Miosek said his squad had a few chances in the second half to get the equalizer.
“It’s probably the best Cooperstown has played all year long against the best team we’ve played all season,” Miosek said.
Cooperstown (3-3, 3-2) will host Little Falls on Friday.
SK 1, Downsville 0
Ty Magnan scored the lone goal with nine minutes left in the first half to lead visiting South Kortright to a Delaware League victory.
Magnan received a pass from Ryan Sluiter and scored inside far post from 12 yards.
David Doig made six saves for Downsville (4-3, 2-1), which will play the host school in the first round of the Greene Tournament at 7 p.m. Friday.
B-G 2, Walton 1
The second of Cassidy Graham’s two goals came on a penalty kick and broke a 1-all tie as host Bainbridge-Guilford won in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
Graham’s penalty kick came after Abby Smith was fouled in the penalty box. Graham scored cleanly into the left side with 30:01 left.
Graham gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead with 26:25 left in the first half off an assist from Marissa Thornton.
Walton tied the score on Katie Maguire’s goal with 12:08 left in the first half. Kim Huntress assisted Maguire.
The Bobcats (3-6, 2-3) will travel to Sidney on Friday.
Unatego 2, UV 0
Aryn VanAlstyne and Tanner Reed scored goals in the first overtime lead visiting Unatego to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
VanAlstyne gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead 2:44 into the first overtime. Reed scored about 3 ½ minutes later.
Abbie Oglesby made 12 saves for the Storm.
Delhi 7, Oxford 0
Chelsea Cika scored three goals, all assisted by Logan Bruce, to lead Delhi to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory at home.
Casey Steffens opened the scoring seven minutes into play. She shot from 20 yards on the left side.
Melissa Conrad extended the lead two minutes later on a 20-yard shot from the right side of the box. Conrad finished with two goals.
Delhi (5-3, 3-2) will host Unadilla Valley on Friday.
Sidney 3, Greene 1
Katie Kirk scored three goals to lead Sidney to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory on the road. Kirk’s first goal came three minutes into play off a cross from Mackensie Gravelin. Kirk made it 2-0 10 minutes later off another cross from Gravelin.
Greene’s Paige Wilcox cut the lead to 2-1 after beating four defenders and finishing far post at the 24-minute mark.
“She’s extremely fast and can run right by you,” Sidney coach Jody Gravelin said of Wilcox.
Kirk scored her third goal from 12 yards with 20 minutes to go in the first half off a throughball from Jenna McDonald.
Sidney (4-4, 3-1) will host Bainbridge-Guilford on Friday.
RS 3, Sharon Springs 0
Christina Gurley, Rebecca Smith and Tessa Buck scored to lead host Richfield Springs to a non-league victory.