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September 20, 2013

Downsville girls ride pks to win

The Daily Star

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Downsville girls soccer coach Burt Reed said he had never seen two penalty kicks awarded in one game before Thursday.

Now, Reed can say he’s seen four pks in one game, and three of those went in during the first round of the Cohen Classic at Margaretville.

Kaileen Townsend finished with three goals —including two from the pk line — to lead Downsville to a 4-3 victory over Roxbury and a shot at Saturday’s championship.

“It was one of those weird games,” said Reed, whose girls gave up a pk goal 21 seconds into the match as Shannon Sprague gave Roxbury a 1-0 lead. Sprague’s shot came after Downsville was penalized for a slide-tackle that just missed its target inside the box.

The Eagles (4-1) tied it 10 minutes later, when Kendra Lacey fed a corner kick to Lucy Kunz for a goal inside the near post.

“Then the second half was kind of crazy,” Reed said. “We started with a corner kick that went over the keeper to the far post and a defender punched the ball. I don’t think she meant to do that; she was covering her head. But she punched the ball out of bounds with her hand.”

That gave Downsville the first of its three penalty kicks, and Townsend made good on it for a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second half.

The Eagles came up empty on their second pk, which came seven minutes later. Kunz beat Roxbury goalie Lisa Boyke (11 saves), but a pair of defenders hit the ground in an attempt to block the ball. Reed said one of the defenders cleared the shot with her hands, setting up the second pk opportunity.

A minute later, Townsend sent a 30-yarder past Boyke for a 3-1 Downsville lead.

Erin Hubbell and Devin Fox followed with back-to-back goals for the Rockets, with Fox’s tying shot coming with 13 minutes remaining.

Leigha LaTourette drew the final pk when she was dumped inside the box on a breakaway attempt. Townsend made the pk with six minutes to go for the final margin.

“I said I had never seen a game with two pks, then I said I never saw one with three, then with four,” Reed said. “It’s a small field, so there are so many people in a small place. We started with the lights off, then finished with lights on, too. It was a very weird feeling.”

Kacie Banker made six saves for Downsville, which held a 20-9 advantage in shots and a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.

The Eagles will play Margaretville for the championship at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The host Blue Devils earned a 1-0 win over Coleman Catholic in Thursday’s other tournament opener. Roxbury and Coleman Catholic will meet in Saturday’s consolation game.

Margaretville 1, Coleman 0

Cora Bruno scored the decisive goal with 25:58 seconds remaining to lead host Margaretville to an opening-round victory in the Cohen Classic.

Lacie Callahan had six saves for Coleman Catholic, which will face Roxbury in the consolation game at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Shannon Fairbairn made three saves in the shutout for Margaretville (1-2-1, 0-2-1), will faced Downsville in the championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Oneonta 8, SV 0

Taryn More finished with two goals and three assists to lead the host Yellowjackets to their sixth straight Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory of the season.

Abby Picinich set the tone by scoring off a breakaway 57 seconds into the match. More made it 2-0 on a penalty kick 12 minutes later. Goals by Taylor Hitchcock and More gave OHS (6-0, 6-0) a 4-0 cushion heading into halftime.

“She puts the ball in the net for us,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said of More.

Maddie Grau made four saves in the shutout for Oneonta, which hosts Seton Catholic Central on Tuesday in a rematch of the 2012 Section Four Class B championship game. The Jackets won the title with a 4-0 overtime victory.

Cooperstown 4, F-S 1

Jordian Siver’s three goals came in the first half, helping host Cooperstown to a 4-1 halftime lead and a victory in the Center State Conference.

Siver and Liz Millea scored off of corner-kick plays for a 2-0 lead in favor of Cooperstown (4-1, 3-1), which received 12 saves from Katie Kleban.

Cooperstown hosts Dolgeville on Tuesday.

Unatego 4, Oxford 1

Torri Halaquist converted a penalty kick and scored again in the first half as Unatego rode a 3-1 halftime lead to a Midstate Athletic Conference road win.

Tanner Reed and Bethany Blake also scored for the Spartans (3-2, 2-0), who held a 21-2 advantage in shots.

Unatego plays Duanesburg at 11 a.m. Saturday in the consolation game of the Kyle Sharpe Tournament. At the same time, tournament host Schoharie will play St. Johnsville for the title.

Delhi 1, B-G 0

Casey Steffens’ unassisted goal with 24:32 left in the first half stood as Delhi won a MAC game on the road.

Steffens beat Bainbridge-Guilford goalie Megan Ferrara (11 saves) with a high shot to the left corner, completing a scoring play that started with a Delhi throw-in.

Kaitlynn Finch stopped 11 shots for the Bulldogs, who won despite getting outshot, 17-14.

The Bobcats host Oxford on Monday.

Sidney 2, UV 1

Mackensie Gravelin had a goal and an assist to lead host Sidney to a MAC victory.

Gravelin set up Jenna McDonald for a 12-yard shot that beat Unadilla Valley goalie Abbie Oglesby (13 saves) to the far post with 19:32 left in the first half.

Taylor Davis tied it for the Storm right minutes after halftime, but Gravelin scored the decisive goal with 20:28 left.

Jolene Krom also made 13 saves for Sidney (3-4, 2-1), which visits Oxford on Monday.

Greene 4, Walton 1

Kimmy Huntress scored, but the host Warriors fell to Greene in the MAC.

Huntress shot from inside the box to the far post with four minutes left before halftime as Hayley O’Connor earned the assist.

Paige Wilcox had three goals to pace Greene, which entered halftime tied with the Warriors at 1.

Walton (0-5, 0-3) visits Unadilla Valley on Monday.

SK 3, Windham 1

Brianna Laing scored two goals to lead visiting South Kortright to a Delaware League victory.

Windham’s Natalie Vining made an 18-yarder with 10:11 remaining in the first half to tie the match at 1. Laing then scored the go-ahead goal with 22:45 to go.

“We saw more shots in the second half than we did in the first half,” said Windham coach Jim Todaro, whose team also gave up a goal to Tori Rockefeller.

Windham (1-2, 1-2) will face Stamford in the Hunter-Tannersville Booster Club Tournament at noon on Saturday.

The winner will face Hunter-Tannersville in the championship match the following weekend, when Sharon Springs will play the loser in the consolation.

Davenport 2, Stamford 1

Sarah Haight and Bailee Hymers each scored in the first half to lead visiting Davenport to a Delaware League victory.

Haight made it 1-0 with 28 minutes to go before halftime, and Hymers scored with seven minutes left in the half.

Kim Freer cut Stamford’s deficit in half on a 12-yard goal with 25 minutes left.

“Best game I’ve seen in a long time,” Stamford coach Jeff Gearhart said.

The Indians (2-4, 1-2) will face Windham in the Hunter-Tannersville Booster Club Tournament at noon Saturday.

Gilboa 4, Jefferson 1

Kim Gockel, Taylor Mattice, Makayla Foster and Kira Weaver scored to lead visiting Gilboa to a non-league victory against Delaware League rival Jefferson.

Emily Wenner scored in the second half for the J-Hawks (1-5-1), who will visit Gilboa on Tuesday for a league game.