Jordan Beers scored in the first half and Haley Downin stopped seven shots as Franklin stayed alive in the chase for the Tri-Valley League West Division title with a 1-0 girls soccer victory at Morris on Friday.
“Franklin’s goalie played a great game,” Morris coach Rhoda Flint said of Downin, who tipped a penalty kick over the crossbar at one point. “She came out on every ball, taking away our chances of scoring. She made the difference in the game.”
Beers scored on a cross by Marisa Cawley with 4 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first half, one-touching a pass to the middle of the 18-yard box into a corner.
“That was about the only scoring chance they had,” Flint said of Franklin, which was outshot, 8-4. “Even though we lost tonight, I am very pleased with our play.”
Katie Humphris made three saves for defending Section Four Class D champion Morris (11-1-2, 10-1-1), which holds a half-game lead over Franklin (12-2, 10-2) in the T-V West standings. The West champion will play the East winner in the T-V championship game Oct. 20 at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.
The Mustangs can clinch the West title with a victory over visiting Edmeston in their regular-season finale Monday, when Franklin closes its league schedule at home against Laurens.
Downsville 1, Gilboa 0
Kaileen Townsend’s long, hooking goal from the end line with 1:33 left in the second overtime helped Downsville clinch the Delaware Mountain Division of the Delaware League with a home win.
Townsend chased the ball to the left, beat two defenders to the end line and sent a cross toward the goal.
“She bent it around the goalkeeper and into the goal like a banana kick,” Eagles coach Burt Reed said. “I couldn’t believe it went in. We had three girls ready to finish it, but it somehow bent back toward the goal and in.”