The Daily Star
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Katrina Clark opened and closed the scoring Thursday, leading unbeaten Unatego to a 4-0 girls soccer victory at Sidney that clinched the Midstate Athletic Conference championship for the Spartans.
“They’re at a different level than us at this point,” Sidney coach Jody Gravelin said of Unatego, which won its second straight MAC title and will enter the Section Four Class C Tournament next week as the top seed.
“They’re a very disciplined team,” she continued. “They play with such finesse, they’re a great passing team and they like to control the ball.”
Clark headed in a cross from Torri Halaquist to give the Spartans (15-0-1, 7-0) a 1-0 lead 12 minutes into the MAC regular-season finale for both teams. Sarah Mannina made it 2-0 with nine minutes left in the first half, heading in a free, bouncing ball in front of the Warriors’ goal.
Mariah Scott followed a punch save by Sidney goalie Jolene Krom (five saves) for an unassisted goal with 14 minutes left, and Clark converted a pass from Hezel Haehnel with 2:20 remaining to cap the scoring.
Robin Foster made four saves for the shutout against second-place Sidney (8-6, 5-2), which was outshot, 11-7, but finished with a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.
Gravelin said Sidney picked up a non-league “game or a scrimmage” at Whitney Point on Monday. The sixth-seeded Warriors will then head to No. 3 Lansing for a first-round sectional game at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Delhi 5, Walton 1
Makayla Ruchar scored in the first half and Melissa Conrad had two second-half goals as Delhi cruised to a MAC victory at home on Senior Night.
Ruchar and Casey Steffens each finished with one goal and one assist for the Bulldogs (6-9-1, 4-3), who received two assists from Kaitlin Haynes.
Kelsey Smith scored in the second half for Walton.
Owego 3, Oneonta 0
Krissy Wells had 20 assists during Oneonta High’s Senior Appreciation Night, which ended with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-23 loss to visiting Owego in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.
Kelsey Baker had five kills and fellow senior Amelia Spaziani contributed five digs for the Yellowjackets (11-3, 11-3), who received eight kills from Brittney Herrick. Baker and Herrick had two blocks apiece.
Kim Lavender (16 kills), Lauren Edwards (28 assists) and Abby Manning (13 digs) had match-highs for the Indians (14-0, 14-0), who will look to successfully defend their STAC championship next week.
The STAC semifinals open at 6 p.m. Tuesday, with Vestal visiting Owego and Oneonta hosting Horseheads.
Winners will play for the title Thursday at the school with the larger enrollment.
Afton 3, Greene 2
Bekah Prezorski amassed 15 kills to lead visiting Afton to a come-from-behind MAC victory, 25-17, 19-25, 14-25, 25-23, 25-23.
Maria Andrews contributed 15 assists and five aces for the Crimson Knights (5-11), who received 16 assists from Alisha Hubbard.
Amber Parkison paced Greene (7-9) with five aces and five kills. The Trojans also received 10 assists from Jill McDaniels and 11 digs from Chelsea Wells.
Greene hosts Walton on Monday.