Westhill’s Tom Kinsella then looped the ball into the left side of the goal, although it appeared as if his shot had bounced back into play off the near post.
“When I saw that my players didn’t question it, I figured it must have been the right call,” Brannan said.
Following the match, SUNY Delhi men’s soccer coach Doug McKee confirmed that Kinsella’s shot was good. McKee, who attended as a spectator, said the ball curved just inside the near post and bounced back into the field off the rear support.
Brannan still took exception to what he called an “inconsistent application of the rules” by the referee crew, which carded the Jackets three times. Westhill received no cards.
“At one point, I had a player taken down three times in a row with no foul or card and when we touched them we got a yellow,” said Brannan, referring to the cards issued to Bischoff, Alex VanDeusen and Joe Ignone. “It just didn’t seem right.”
OHS also lost Courtney near the end of the match to an injury. He was carried off the field after taking a hard hit to his left thigh in front of the goal.
“We came out and executed our game,” said Brannan, who will lose nine seniors to graduation. “The adjustments we made at halftime and the commitments to run more and play more uptempo was very satisfying.”
Westhill advanced to a state semifinal against Section Five’s Livonia at 8 a.m. this Saturday in Middletown, where the Class B state final will be played at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Westhill 3, Oneonta 1
CLASS B STATE TOURNAMENT
Quarterfinal at Liverpool High
Oneonta 0 1 - 1
Westhill 2 1 - 3
4-Oneonta (13-5): Theo Malone 1-0.
3-Westhill (19-1): Jared Ristoff 1-0, Tom Kinsella 1-0, Barak Ben Yehuda 1-1.
Shots-corner kicks: O 20-10; W 10-6.
Goalies: Jeremy Leary (O) 9; Chris Burrows (W) 10.