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October 11, 2012

South Kortright boys win Mountain title on OT goal

The Daily Star


Dylan Cole’s goal on a corner kick with 1 minute, 50 seconds left in the first overtime lifted host South Kortright to a 3-2 Delaware League boys soccer victory Wednesday over Davenport that clinched the Mountain Division title.

“These kids did more than I expected,” SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said. “We had some tight games early, and showed a lot of improvement this year. There were a lot of tight games; the league was very good this year.”

Cole’s goal took one bounce close to the near post and went in.

Davenport tied the score at 2 with 2:16 left in regulation on Kyle Moorby’s direct kick from 25 yards.

SK led, 2-0, on first-half goals by Dan Nelson and Trevor Holdridge. Corey Hartman had a first-half goal for the Wildcats.

SK (11-3, 7-1) hosts Downsville on Monday in its final regular season game, and will play Upper Division winner Margaretville in the crossover on Oct. 20 at the Wright National Soccer Campus.

Margaretville 2, Downsville 1

Upper Division champion Margaretville received goals from Matt VanValkenburg and Cooper Reither en route to a Delaware League win at home.

VanValkenburg scored 13 minutes into play. Kyle Short brought the ball down the right side and sent a lofted pass into the box that VanValkenburg headed into the goal from 10 yards.

With 20 minutes left, Short had possession 18 yards and dropped a pass back to Reither, who shot into the right corner of the goal.

Downsville answered with five minutes. Justin Baxter played a ball into the box that Dayton Frey finished.

The Blue Devils (13-0-1, 8-0-1), who complete their regular season Friday at Davenport, will play Mountain Division winner South Kortright in the Delaware League crossover final Oct. 20 at the Wright National Soccer Campus.

Margaretville beat SK, 1-0, in overtime in the teams’ regular-season game.

Oneonta 13, CV 0

Stijn van Pel had three goals and host Oneonta scored five times over the final 17 minutes of the first half during a Southern Tier Athletic Conference win on Senior Night.

“They just came in bunches,” Yellowjackets coach Alex Brannan said of his squad, which has won four straight STAC East Division titles.

Cael McCabe gave OHS a 1-0 lead nine minutes into play. He scored on a rebound after Alex Fox’s initial shot was stopped.

Van Pel scored twice in the first half.

Fellow seniors Ryan Minerosa and Jeremy Kuettel had their first goals of the season for OHS. Junior Chris Kuettel also scored for the first time this year.

Connor Brown finished with a goal and three assists, Paul Bischoff and Ben Gollin had two goals apiece, and Ian Oliver also scored for OHS (9-2, 9-2), which travels to Norwich on Friday.

Brannan said OHS will host a STAC semifinal next Wednesday against the Metro or West Division champion.

Greene 3, Unatego 1

Neil Barker had a goal and two assists as visiting Greene clinched the Midstate Athletic Conference title with a win over previously unbeaten Unatego.

Barker’s goal came 7 ½ minutes into the second half and snapped a 1-all tie. Barker finished a throughball from Kurt Bartholomew from 10 yards.

Unatego (13-1, 6-1) opened the scoring on a goal by Johnathan Forte 11 ½ minutes into play. Forte got his foot on a loose ball in the penalty box and beat Trojans keeper Connor Moriarity (10 saves).

Greene _ 6-1 in league _ answered about three minutes later on a goal by Chris DaCosta.

“We knew it would come down to whoever converted more of their chances,” Unatego coach Eric Miller said. “Both keepers did a nice job and made some nice saves.”

Greene held a 15-13 edge in shots and Unatego led in corner kicks, 4-2.

“It was definitely a close match,” Miller said. “It was well played on both ends.”

Unatego closes its regular season at home Monday against Davenport on Senior Appreciation Night.

Cooperstown 7,

Waterville 0

Isaac Gomez scored twice two minutes apart off assists from Michael Rowley in the first half as Cooperstown improved to 6-0 in the Center State Conference.

Gomez’s first goal came 16 minutes into play.

Rowley made it 3-0 before halftime and finished with three goals and two assists.

Max and Tanner Clinton also scored for the Redskins (11-1), who’ll play back-to-back games against perennial power Hamilton on Friday and Monday, games that likely will decide the CSC Division III title.

“It’s going to be interesting,” said Cooperstown coach Frank Miosek, whose team travels to Hamilton on Friday before hosting the Emerald Knights on Monday. “It should be two good short passing teams going at each other.”

Stamford 2, Gilboa 1

Erik Ehrhart’s penalty kick with 18:24 left snapped a 1-all as host Stamford won in the Delaware League.

Ehrhart, who also had an assist, took the shot after a Stamford player was tackled in the box.

“He shot straight at keeper,” Stamford coach Lonnie Nickerson said, “but it was low and hard, and the field was muddy, wet and cold.”

The two teams traded goals early. Gilboa scored 1:20 into the game when Brett Potter took advantage of a missed clear by the Indians. Fifty seconds later, Glen Cioccari tied the score on a pass from Ehrhart.

Stamford (6-7-1, 3-4) hosts Jefferson on Friday

Delhi 3, B-G 0

Connor Tucker, Tom Liddle and Jake Zinkievich scored for the visiting Bulldogs, who earned a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.

Edmeston 7, Franklin 2

Clayton Hawes had four goals and two assists to lead host Edmeston to a Tri-Valley League victory Tuesday.

Chris Simmons contributed a pair of goals and Linton Wainwright also scored for the Panthers (7-5-1, 6-4-1), who travel to Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Friday.

Tom Tolley and Alex Brownell scored for Franklin.