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September 27, 2013

Haight hits milestone as Wildcats win

The Daily Star

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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.

On Thursday, Jane Clayton opened the scoring 5 minutes, 3 seconds into the game to put Jefferson ahead, 1-0. Haight tied it with 14:33 remaining before halftime, then scored the go-ahead goal less than four minutes into the second half.

Haight also scored with 21:55 left and again with 16:58 to go for the Wildcats, who also received goals from Jenna Lutz and Bailee Hymers.

Shania Speenburgh made 19 saves for Jefferson, which was outshot, 23-4.

“We played hard in the first half for a 1-1 tie, but we ran out of gas in the second half because we only had 12 players,” said Valens, whose team visits Downsville on Monday.

Davenport hosts South Kortright in the consolation game of the Chic Walshe Tournament at noon Saturday.

CV-S 5, Franklin 2

Jordan Loucks finished with four goals and an assist to lead visiting Cherry Valley-Springfield to a victory in the Tri-Valley League.

Loucks opened the scoring with an unassisted goal 3:08 into the game. Franklin tied it minutes later when Jordan Beers took a pass from Jessie Downin and scored from the 18-yard line.

Loucks’ second goal came with 23:30 remaining in the first half, on an assist by Lauren Loucks, to give the Patriots a 2-1 lead it would take into halftime.

Beers tied the score again on another 18-yarder, this time with 26 minutes left.

Jordan Loucks followed with two goals and Lauren Loucks had another in the second half for CV-S, which received seven saves from Kylie Graham.

“We didn’t make the plays we needed to,” Franklin coach J.J. Laing said. “Therefore, they punished us for those mistakes.”

Marisa Cawley had 12 saves for Franklin (6-2, 6-2), which visits Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Tuesday.

Cooperstown 1, MM 0

Jordian Siver scored the winning goal with 9:08 remaining in the first of two mandatory overtimes to lead visiting Cooperstown to a Center State Conference victory.

Maggie Hall assisted on Siver’s goal, which came on a 15-yard shot to the left corner that beat MM goalie Michaela Carnegie (12 saves).

Katie Kleban made 18 saves in the shutout for Cooperstown (6-1, 3-1), which was outshot, 23-18.

Cooperstown hosts Little Falls on Saturday.


Sidney 4, Deposit 1

Nicole Smith had a goal and an assist to lead visiting Sidney to a Section Four victory.

“We had great passing to spread the field and develop terrific scoring opportunities in the circle,” said Sidney coach Christine Race, whose team earned double-assists on goals by Smith and Bre Voltz.

Mallory Stillman and Hannah Wood also scored for the Warriors (4-3, 3-1), who got three assists from Dawn Savino.

Kelsey Decker stopped seven shots in goal for Sidney, which visits Deposit (5-3) on Monday.

Afton 3, Walton 1

Karli Conpropst scored on a double-assist from Ashley Rogalski and Bailey Sherman five minutes into the second half, snapping a 1-all tie to lead Afton to a Section Four victory on the road.

Sam Rogalski scored inside the first minute for the Crimson Knights (7-4, 6-0), who gave up a goal to Jamie Budine seven minutes later as the teams headed into halftime tied at 1.

Conpropst and Hanna King scored in the second half for Afton, which finished with advantages of 29-3 advantage in shots and 21-2 in penalty corners.

Emily Bartlett stopped 14 shots for the Warriors (2-6, 1-4), who host Tioga for a non-division game at 10 a.m. Saturday.


at Sidney CC

Trever Dutton earned medalist honors with a 5-over-par 41 on the front nine of the Sidney Country Club, leading host Sidney to its sixth victory of the season.

Cameron Luca shot a team-low 46 for Bainbridge-Guilford.

Jon Gorshack and Kyle Smith each shot 44s for Sidney (6-2), which will visit Chenango Valley State Park on Thursday for the Midstate Athletic Conference Championships.

Harpursville leads the MAC with eight wins -- two ahead of second-place Sidney. Harpursville beat the Warriors, 225-229, last week.


Cooperstown 104.5, RFA 78.5

Eden Griger won two events and anchored the victorious 200-yard medley relay team as Cooperstown cruised to a Frontier League victory at home.

Griger took first in the 200 individual medley (2:28.05) and the 100 free (1:00.29) for Cooperstown, which won the 200 medley relay in 2:15.53. Griger followed Grace Heneghan, Elizabeth Russo and Tessa Griger in the relay win.

Heneghan (100 backstroke, 1:16.54); Elizabeth Russo (50 free, 28.98); McKenna Hage (100 butterfly, 1:19.64); Lindsay Harloff (500 free, 6:08.49); and Catherine Borgstrom (diving, 196.55 points) also won for Cooperstown, which touched first in the 200 free relay as well. Renee Friedman joined Borgstrom, Tessa Griger and Harloff for a 200 free relay time of 2:06.43.


Walton 3, Deposit 2

Danielle Reynolds had eight kills, 15 assists and seven digs for Walton, which earned a 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 17-25, 25-17 home victory in the MAC.

Lacey Speidell contributed seven assists and seven digs for the Warriors (5-4), who received eight aces from Morgan McAdams.

Shelby Pettersen’s 11 aces paced the Lumberjacks (6-2), who got seven aces, six kills and six digs from Catherine Bush.

Walton hosts Bainbridge-Guilford on Tuesday. Deposit visits Afton on Saturday.

Hancock 3, Delhi 1

Kylee Letosky’s 10 aces led visiting Hancock (4-5) to a 27-25, 24-26, 25-23, 25-15 Midstate Athletic Conference victory.

Kayla Cappiello had 12 digs and Sierra Bedient finished with 11 assists to pace Delhi (1-8), which visits Harpursville on Tuesday. Hancock travels to Greene the same day.

Harpursville 3, UV 0

Shannon McIntrye had three assists, two kills and an ace, but host Unadilla Valley fell, 25-17, 25-17, 25-12, in the MAC.

Megan Gould contributed two assists, two kills and an ace for UV (6-3, 6-3).

Erika Whitney had nine aces and a block to pace Harpursville.