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Amanda Flint scored twice Wednesday as host Morris opened defense of its Section Four Class D championship with a 2-0 victory over Tri-Valley League rival Edmeston in the first round of the 2012 tournament.
“We did a very good job of controlling the middle of the field today,” said Morris coach Rhoda Flint, whose fourth-seeded team was coming off a scoreless tie against Milford in the T-V championship game Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.
Amanda Flint scored a little more than 15 minutes in, touching a deflection into the goal. She scored again five minutes into the second half, dribbling the ball in from the 18-yard line and converting a one-on-one against Panthers goalie Kaitlin Talbot.
Mustangs goalie Katie Humphris made 11 saves for her 11th shutout of the season.
The 13th-seeded Panthers ended the season at 7-8-1.
Morris (13-1-3) hosts No. 5 seed Margaretville in a Class D sectional quarterfinal Saturday. Margaretville played Downsville to a 2-2 tie in the Delaware League championship game Saturday at the WNSC.
Milford 4, Stamford 1
Hannah Saggese had two goals as No. 6 seed Milford won at home in the first round of the Section Four Class D Tournament.
Addy Lawson opened the scoring for the Wildcats 2:30 in, converting a pass from Rileigh Griffiths.
Saggese then scored from 22 yards at the 20-minute mark, off a pass from Lawson. Saggese’s second goal came four minutes later as she headed in a corner kick from Francesca Green.
Milford (12-2-3) went ahead, 4-0, when Natasha Skillen scored from inside the 18 with 10 minutes left.
Stamford (8-8), the 11th seed, avoided the shutout with one second left as Erin Hull scored on a breakaway.
Milford plays at No. 3 Franklin (13-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Purple Devils beat the Wildcats, 4-0, on Sept. 14 in Franklin.
“I don’t think we played a bad game,” Milford coach Chris Saggese said. “It was probably the single-best performance by an athlete I have ever seen. Jordan Beers, she dominated us. She scored three goals that game, and all the goals came from 22 to 35 yards out.
“She’s a phenomenal athlete, but Franklin is more than just Beers,” he continued. “They are a very talented team. It’s going to take a total team effort by us to compete with them.”
Davenport 2, CV-S 0
Kacie Hymers and Bailee Hymers scored on assists from Sarah Haight as ninth-seeded Davenport (11-5) won a first-round game in the Section Four Class D Tournament.
“We took advantage of them early,” Davenport coach Ray Preston said. “They certainly helped us. They put pressure on us in the second half, but we were able to hold it off.”
Kacie Hymers scored 8:16 in, off a corner kick from Haight. Bailee Hymers made it 2-0 with a little more than 14 minutes left in the first half. A cross by Haight set up the final goal.
Davenport plays at No. 1 seed and Delaware League co-champion Downsville on Saturday.
The Eagles beat the Wildcats, 2-1, on Oct. 4 in a game Haight missed with a concussion.
“They have a couple of dangerous players,” Preston said. “I think it should be a good game.”
Margaretville 2, Gilboa 1
Cora Bruno and Tess Svoboda scored on passes from Cecilia Galatioto to lead Delaware League co-champion Margaretville, the fifth seed, to a first-round Class D sectional victory.
Bruno scored with 14:04 left in the first half on a throughball from Galatioto, who crossed to Svoboda for a 2-0 lead with 1:45 gone in the second half.
Hailey Havrish rebounded a shot by Abigail Gockel for a goal with 24:11 remaining to cut the deficit in half for 12th-seeded Gilboa (7-6-1).
“I thought we pretty much dominated throughout, but we had pretty sloppy field and anything could have happened,” Blue Devils coach Toni Smith said.
Margaretville (12-3-2) will play at defending Section Four Class D champion Morris on Saturday.
“I saw them for a few seconds here and there during the crossovers on Saturday,” Smith said. “I know they haven’t lost anyone from last year. It certainly should be a challenge for us.”
SK 1, Schenevus 0
Alexa DuBois scored the decisive goal with 10:42 left to lead 10th-seeded South Kortright (10-4-2) to a first-round Class D sectional victory on the road.
“One of the nicest goals I’ve seen all season,” first-year South Kortright coach Josh Burroughs said of DuBois’ goal, which came off a cross from Tori Rockefeller.
Kayla Craft made seven saves for the Rams (10-4-2) of the Delaware League, who will visit No. 2 seed Marathon of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference for a sectional quarterfinal on Saturday.
Taylor Spranger made two saves for the seventh-seeded Dragons (9-5).