The Daily Star
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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.”
Gilboa goalie Brooke Koerner had 10 saves, including two in overtime.
Katie Lawrence stopped 10 shots for Downsville (12-0-2, 7-0-1), which closes its regular season Monday against visiting South Kortright.
Margaretville 4, Delhi 0
Tess Svoboda had three goals and an assist as Delaware League Upper Delaware champion Margaretville cruised to a non-league win at home.
Cora Bruno contributed a goal and an assist for the Blue Devils (10-3-1), who outshot Midstate Athletic Conference affiliate Delhi, 19-3.
Alexis Molnar made three saves for Margaretville, which hosts Davenport on Monday and will play Delaware Mountain champion Downsville in the DL title game Oct. 20 at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.
Note: Margaretville coach Toni Smith said Bruno earned an assist on Elia Tanzer’s goal Wednesday, when the Blue Devils tied Downsville, 1-1. Bruno was not credited with an assist in Thursday’s edition of The Daily Star.
Stamford 9, Jefferson 0
Kim Freer and Erin Hull had two goals apiece as visiting Stamford rolled to a Delaware League victory.
Nikki McGrath made four saves in the shutout for the Indians, who finished with a 24-11 advantage in shots.
The winless J-Hawks, whose season ended Friday, faced a 6-0 deficit at halftime.
Milford 5, RS 0
Kaley Chase scored three goals to lead the host Wildcats to a Tri-Valley League win.
Chase opened the scoring on a 6-yard goal inside the near post with 24 minutes left in the first half.
Addy Lawson contributed two assists for Milford (9-2-2, 7-2-2), which visits Worcester on Monday.
Edmeston 4, G-MU 2
Kelsey Bressett, Shelby McCall, Savanna Fistrowicz and Danielle Ruffles scored to lead host Edmeston to a Tri-Valley League win.
Gilbertsville Mount-Upton jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals by Lauren Hill (9:20 in) and Marissa Mehlrose (22:48 in).
Bressett converted a pass from Brianna Dunham less than two minutes later, and McCall tied it in the 28th minute.
Ruffles scored the go-ahead goal 3:16 into the second half for Edmeston (7-6-1, 6-6), which visits Morris on Monday.
CV-S 2, Worcester 0
Lauren Loucks scored twice as CV-S stayed in contention for the Tri-Valley League East title with a home win.
Milford, Schenevus and CV-S are all within one game of each another in the East standings. CV-S (10-2-2, 8-2-2) is at Schenevus on Monday. The Dragons also host Milford in a make-up game Tuesday.
Sidney 2, B-G 1
Kelsey Ruling and Jenna McDonald scored second-half goals as visiting Sidney rallied for a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
Bainbridge-Guilford’s Katie Hotckin scored with 4:12 left in the first half, but Ruling tied it on a penalty kick 20:45 into the second half. McDonald followed with the go-ahead goal 3:45 later.
Megan Ferrara made eight saves in the season finale for Bainbridge-Guilford (2-14, 0-7).