The Daily Star
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For the eighth straight season, Cherry Valley-Springfield will represent the East Division in the Tri-Valley League boys soccer crossover final.
The Patriots (14-1, 13-0) received two goals from Ben Drugatz to defeat visiting Milford, 4-1, Monday to seal the division title. CV-S scored the final four goals.
Jake Spencer and Wyatt Crowley also scored for the Patriots, who will meet West Division champion Edmeston in the final Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus.
“I think we had a core group coming back,” said CV-S coach Terri Adams, whose team lost, 1-0, to Morris in last season’s crossover final. “We did lose talent to graduation, but we have a large junior class that participates. The seniors have stepped up and they’re playing team ball.”
It seems the Patriots have always played team ball. Their current run of success has included 3-2-2 record over the last seven crossover finals. That pass-and-cut style has been the catalyst for CV-S’ success.
“They are very much a team,” Adams said. “When you play as a team, it doesn’t matter who finishes as long as we finish. We come out as a unit. I have had defenders, midfielders and front line people score. It’s keeps us balanced and we move the ball.”
Milford, which is 11-2 in league play and could have forced an East Division tiebreaker with a win Monday, scored first.
The goal started with a short corner kick that went to Peyton Griffiths. He penetrated to the end line before centering a pass that Michael Strenck finished six minutes into play.
The Patriots tied the score with 10:08 left in the first half. Kurt Pressly chipped a ball into the box and Drugatz volleyed it into the goal.
Jake Spencer scored the go-ahead goal three minutes into the second half. Noah Russo’s pass found the head of Spencer, who popped it over Milford goalie Max Lang.
About 10 minutes later, a corner kick by Russo was headed into the goal by Crowley to make it 3-1.
“In the second half, we developed our short passing game again,” Adams said. “We kind of lost in the first half. We were flat in the first half.”
CV-S defeated Edmeston, 2-0, earlier this season. The Patriots’ last outright Tri-Valley League title came in 2010, when they beat the Panthers, 2-0.
Edmeston 5, Franklin 0
Linton Wainright had two goals and an assist to lead the Tri-Valley League West Division champions to a road victory.
Clayton Lyon gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead five minutes into play. He scored after controlling a corner kick that deflected in the box. Lyon’s 6-yard shot hit off the post and into the goal.
Austin Plows made it 2-0 with 10 minutes left in the half. Wainright assisted on the goal.
Austin Axtell also scored for Edmeston (11-3, 10-3).
Turner Thies made nine saves for Franklin (6-7-2, 5-7-2).
Laurens 1, G-MU 0
Carter Powers converted a penalty kick with 15 minutes left in the second half to give visiting Laurens a victory in the Tri-Valley League.
The Leopards finished their season at 2-11-1 overall and 2-10-1 in the Tri-Valley League.
Laurens 3, G-MU 0
Amanda Salamon finished with a goal and an assist to lead host Laurens to a Tri-Valley League victory.
Salamon ran onto a bouncing ball in the box and scored from 5 yards four minutes into play.
Salamon then crossed to Rachel Murello, who scored on a header to make it 2-0 with 11 minutes left in the first half. Rachelle Soucia also scored for the Leopards, who finished their season at 3-9-2.
Milford 2, Laurens 0
Addy Lawson scored two goals to lead visiting Milford to a win in the Tri-Valley League on Saturday.
Lawson opened the scoring 16 seconds into play. She scored from close range after receiving a pass from Emilie Mertz. Lawson then made it 2-0 on a 15-yard shot with 20 minutes left in the second half. Riley Griffiths assisted that goal.
Courtney Sherry made 12 saves for Laurens (2-9-2, 2-9-2).
Edmeston 3, G-MU 0
Kelsey Bressett scored two goals to lead visiting Edmeston to a Tri-Valley League victory Friday.
Bressett opened the scoring 12 minutes into play after converting a cross from Danielle Ruffles. Ruffles then scored on a 20-yard shot with 20 minutes left in the second half to make it 2-0.
Katie Schultes made 12 saves for Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.
Edmeston (4-9-1, 3-8-1) will host Franklin today for its Senior Appreciation game.
Sidney 3, Walton 0
Hannah Wood scored twice as visiting Sidney improved to 10-3 with a Section Four Conference victory.
Wood opened the scoring with 13 minutes left in the first half on a penalty corner. Nine minutes later, Nicole Smith scored to make it 2-0.
Wood’s second goal came with four minutes left as Sidney ran its league record to 9-1. Sidney will travel to Marathon today.
Walton received nine saves from Emily Bartlett and three from Sam Bowker. Walton ends its season at 3-12 overall and 2-8 in league play.