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Nate Pieper had a goal and an assist Friday to lead Walton to a 2-0 boys soccer victory over Delhi that clinched the Midstate Athletic Conference’s Division I title for the Warriors.
“This is our first ever outright MAC divisional championship,” said Walton coach Andy Gates, whose team edged Delhi (8-5 MAC) and Unatego for the Division I crown.
The Warriors (11-4, 9-4) advanced to the MAC championship game against Division II winner Greene (13-0 MAC) at 4:30 p.m. next Friday. Walton will host the title game.
Pieper opened the scoring with 27 minutes left, beating Delhi goalie Leon Cohen (four saves) with a penalty kick. Walton started the play with a corner kick that squirted away from Cohen, who then held Pieper to prevent him from scoring.
Pieper also set up the insurance goal with a corner kick 11 minutes later. His serve to the box found Jared Beach, who one-touched it to Cameron Murphy for a 2-0 lead.
Gates credited Walton defenders Steven Klein, Wyatt Fin, Will Farrell and Erik Zimmerman in helping goalie Dylan Walley to a six-save shutout.
“Mitchell Reed has been scoring a lot of goals for Delhi and they limited him to one shot,” Gates said. “They had a game plan going in and they did a nice job. Anytime he touched the ball, we doubled him right away and limited his touches.”
Delhi will compete in the MAC consolation crossovers, which pit the 2-5 teams in each division against each other Wednesday. The D-I teams will host the crossovers.
Edmeston 4, G-MU 0
Linton Wainright had two goals to lead host Edmeston to a Tri-Valley League victory that clinched the West Division for the Panthers.
“We had to win tonight to clinch it,” said Edmeston coach Ken Plows, whose program beat Morris for the West title and will make its first appearance in the T-V championship game since 2010.
Wainright started the scoring six minutes after halftime, converting a throughball from Clayton Lyon to spark a 4-0 run for Edmeston (10-3, 9-3). Wainright made it 2-0 five minutes later, after running onto a pass over the defense from Eli Madison.
Jordan Ruffles and Nate Wetherbee contributed unassisted goals for the Panthers, who received three saves from Logan Vibbard and none from Nick DeVries in the combined shutout.
Edmeston closes its regular season Monday at Franklin.
Plows said Edmeston, which won back-to-back T-V crowns in 2003 and 2004, will play Milford or Cherry Valley-Springfield in the T-V final Oct. 19 at the Wright National Soccer Campus. Edmeston lost to both teams, 2-0, during the regular season.
JC 2, Oneonta 1
Paul Bischoff converted a pass from Peter Paluch in the first half, but Oneonta High suffered a Southern Tier Athletic Conference road loss.
“They scored 25 seconds into the game,” said OHS coach Alex Brannan, whose team gave up a quick goal to Haris Brkovic. “We just weren’t ready. We had the ball and we gave it away. The ball didn’t go where it was supposed to go.”
Brkovic put Johnson City ahead, 2-0, eight minutes into the match. Bischoff cut the OHS deficit to 2-1 by heading in a pass from Paluch three minutes ahead of halftime.
JC avenged a 2-1 setback against Oneonta earlier this season.
Despite Friday’s loss, the Yellowjackets (10-3, 10-3) are still headed to the STAC playoffs. Brannan said his team, which already had clinched the STAC’s East Division, will be on the road for a STAC semifinal Tuesday at a time and site to be determined.
According to standings posted on the STAC’s website, stac.digitalsports.com, the other STAC semifinalists are Central Division champion Susquehanna Valley (11-1-1), Metro Division winner Vestal (9-3-1) and West Division champ Corning (12-2). Brannan said OHS likely will visit Corning on Tuesday, when SV will travel to Vestal.
Tuesday’s winners will play for the STAC title at the smaller school Thursday at a time to be determined, Brannan said.
Oneonta closes its regular season against host Seton Catholic Central at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at B.C. United Fields.
Morris 2, Franklin 1
Ryan Morlock scored the go-ahead goal with 1:20 left, lifting Morris to a Tri-Valley League road win.
Morlock beat Franklin goalie Turner Thies (seven saves) on a one-on-one to snap a 1-all tie.
Ian Gill opened the scoring 12 minutes into the game for Morris, which received six saves from Aidan Staib. Derek Beers tied it seven minutes later, sending a 25-yard direct kick past a wall of defenders and into the far corner for the Purple Devils (6-6-2, 5-6-2).
Franklin hosts Edmeston on Monday.
Gilboa 2, Stamford 0
Patrick Kuzma and Hunter Grace scored in the first and second halves, respectively, to lead Gilboa to a Delaware League victory at home.
Kuzma converted a cross from Zak Perry with four minutes left in the opening half for the Wildcats (7-7, 3-5), who got an unassisted goal from Grace with 1:10 remaining in the game.
Phillip Berger stopped five shots in the shutout for Gilboa, which hosts Davenport in its regular-season finale Wednesday.
Windham 3, H-T 2
Aiden Cohane scored two goals, including the winner with 6:36 remaining in overtime, to lead host Windham to a victory in the Delaware League.
Cohane also scored the tying goal from 28 yards with 20:14 left in regulation. His decisive goal came off a corner kick from Ed Moran.
Malcolm Seamans opened the scoring midway through the first half, converting a close-range shot to give a double-assist to Windham teammates Moran and Toras Korostil.
Joey Radcliffe converted a throughball from Jake Davis with 5:58 left before halftime to tie the score. Radcliffe then returned the favor, setting up Davis for the go-ahead goal 9:19 into the second half.
Windham finished its season at 4-7 overall and 3-6 in the Delaware League. The Warriors will graduate three seniors in Rob Carl, Nick Spinetti and Brandon VanValin.
Margaretville 3, Downsville 0
Roberto Sarabia scored two goals and had an assist to lead visiting Margaretville to a Delaware League win.
Sarabia shot to the near post from 16 yards for a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the game. Matt Van Valkenburg converted a header off a pass from Sarabia less than four minutes later for a 2-0 lead.
Sarabia capped the scoring with an unassisted goal inside the final 1:30.
Dylan Fisk had six saves for Downsville (7-7, 4-4), which visits Stamford on Tuesday.
SK 3, Davenport 1
South Kortright scored two goals in a span of 1:19 in the first half en route to a Delaware League road victory.
Dan Froncowiak scored unassisted from 6 yards with 15 minutes left before halftime. Kory Bush followed from the same distance 1:19 later off a throw-in from Griff Metzko, helping the Rams to a 2-0 cushion at halftime.
Ty Magnan made it 3-0 with an unassisted 18-yarder with 9:22 left. Davenport avoided the shutout when Cody Wamsley’s 18-yarder, off a pass from Bailey Banks, found the SK net with 6:47 left.
The Wildcats (12-2, 6-2) visit Gilboa on Wednesday.
Correction: Davenport’s Matthew Finne and Kyle Moorby each had one assist against Hunter-Tannersville on Wednesday. Their assists were not reported by the home team.
VVS 1, Cooperstown 0
Jon Fewer scored the decisive goal with 25 minutes left in the first half to lead host Vernon-Verona-Sherrill to a non-league victory over Cooperstown.
Fewer headed in a pass from Chris Watkins for V-V-S, which outshot Cooperstown, 15-8.
Kevin Frevele had 10 saves for Cooperstown (7-6, 6-4), which visits Little Falls on Saturday.
Milford 2, Worcester 0
Eli Rutledge and Peyton Griffiths each scored to lead visiting Milford to a Tri-Valley League victory.
Rutledge scored unassisted from 16 yards out with 5:21 remaining in the first half.
Griffiths shot to the far post from 18 yards away, giving an assist to Blake Elliott with 1:23 left in the match.
Tim Mould made 15 saves on Senior Night for Worcester (1-10-2, 1-8-2).
B-G 6, Afton 4
Adam Bauerle scored three goals to lead visiting Bainbridge-Guilford to a victory in the MAC.
Bauerle opened the scoring on an unassisted 10-yarder 57 seconds into play. He also scored from close range off a corner kick from Kyle Hanvey 10 minutes into the match. Dan Norris scored 30 seconds later. Zach Smith and Dakota Johnson also scored for Bainbridge-Guilford.
Matt Olin, Jesse Dedman, Vinny Caratelli and Joe Shearer scored unassisted goals in the last 13 minutes for Afton (1-12-1, 1-11-1), which visits Windsor on Tuesday.