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September 27, 2013

Haight hits milestone as Wildcats win

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Sarah Haight picked up where her older sister left off five seasons ago, following the graduation of Davenport’s all-time leading girls soccer scorer in 2009 with a goal in her first varsity game the following fall.

That goal as an eighth-grader in 2009 helped the Wildcats to a 3-0 non-league victory over Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, and Haight hasn’t let up since.

On Thursday, senior forward Haight scored four times in a 6-1 Delaware League victory at Jefferson, giving her 101 goals in five varsity seasons.

“Sarah played a second strong half,” Jefferson coach Scott Valens said of Haight, who capped her performance with three second-half goals in a span of less than 20 minutes.

Her 101 goals is 33 shy of tying the school record set by older sister and former Class D First Team all-state selection Chelsea, who went on to play Division III soccer at Hamilton College.

Davenport and longtime coach Ray Preston, who also coached Chelsea, likely will have to make a deep run in the postseason to give Sarah Haight a chance at the school record. The Wildcats (8-1, 5-0) have six regular-season games remaining and are on track to return to the Delaware League title game after their six-season reign as Upper Delaware Division champions was interrupted by Margaretville in 2012.

Davenport also seems more than likely to qualify for the Section Four Class D Tournament, which would give Sarah Haight at least one more postseason game. Should Davenport reach the crossover and go one-and-done in sectionals, Haight would have eight games to match or pass Chelsea Haight for the all-time scoring lead at Davenport. That means Sarah Haight would have to average slightly more than four goals the rest of the way to catch her sister.

Of course, the farther Davenport goes in sectionals, the better chance Sarah Haight will have at the record.

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