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October 17, 2013

Davenport girls clinch division crown with 2-0 victory|

Staff Report

It’s official: Davenport’s girls are the Delaware League’s Upper Delaware Division soccer champions.

Abby Wood and Megan Keil scored off assists from Sarah Haight in a 2-0 victory over visiting Gilboa that gave Davenport the Upper Delaware Division all to itself.

“If we had lost, it would have been a (division) tie between us and Windham,” said Davenport coach Ray Preston, whose team would have advanced to Saturday’s Delaware League crossover anyway based on a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Warriors. “We clinched it outright, though. We won and we’re in.”

Wood turned a cross from Haight into an 18-yard goal with 22 minutes, 27 seconds left in the opening half. Haight got her second assist on a throw-in to Keil, who scored the insurance goal with 20:05 remaining.

Jayra Blanton made three saves in the shutout for Davenport (10-3-2, 6-1-2), which will play Delaware Mountain Division winner South Kortright for the league title at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.

“We were down five or six players tonight, and it’s been that way since about the fifth game of the year,” Preston said of his injury-riddled team. “The kids have held in there. It’s been tough, but we hung in and have given a good effort.”

The WNSC also will host the Delaware League boys championship between Margaretville and South Kortright at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Preston said.

Dolgeville 4, Cooperstown 3

Liz Millea scored twice, but Cooperstown lost a Center State Conference game on the road.

Sarah George had two goals for Dolgeville, including the winner with 7:43 left. George’s second goal came about 13 minutes after Jordian Siver shook a triple-team to knot the score at 3.

Jen Flynn and Maggie Hall had assists for Cooperstown (8-5-1, 4-5-1), which will play the host team in the Sauquoit Valley Tournament at 7:15 p.m. Friday. Central Valley and New Hartford will meet in the other first-round game. The consolation game is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by the championship at 6 p.m.

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