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October 24, 2013

Late goal lifts Walton past UV, 2-1

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Jared Beach scored the winner with seven minutes left in the second half to lead ninth-seeded Walton to 2-1 Section Four Class C first-round boys soccer victory at eighth-seeded Unadilla Valley on Wednesday.

Beach tapped in the rebound shot after his initial header was saved by UV goalie Kyle King.

Nate Pieper’s corner kick assisted Beach. Pieper opened the scoring with 17 minutes left in the second half on a 25-yard shot that went into the upper right corner.

“We’ve been in playoff mode, lately,” said Warriors coach Andy Gates, whose team fell, 2-1, to unbeaten Greene in the Midstate Athletic Conference final Friday.

UV (9-6-1) tied the score two minutes later. Mason Alford controlled a loose ball before scoring to the far post from 8 yards.

Kyle King finished with 10 saves for the Storm.

Walton (12-5) will play at top-seeded Lansing in a Section Four Class C quarterfinal on Saturday.

S-VE 3, Unatego 0

Ben Schanbacher scored two goals to lead fifth-seeded Spencer-Van Etten to a Section Four Class C first round victory at home.

Schanbacher opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second half. He scored from 15 yards after receiving a cross from the left side. Schanbacher scored his second midway through the second half after converting a throughball from Lewis Schreicer. Jesse Pillotson also scored for S-VE.

“They did a nice job of possessing the ball through the midfield,” Unatego coach Eric Miller said of S-VE.

Mark Maruszewski made six saves for the Spartans, who finished the season at 10-5-1.

Marathon 6, B-G 1

Zach Smith tied the score at one with 20 minutes left in the first half, but 11th-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford fell on the road in a Section Four Class C first-round game.

Smith’s goal came unassisted from 20 yards.

“They possessed the ball very well,” B-G coach Peter Feltham said of sixth-seeded Marathon. “They’re going to be tough the rest of the way, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they made it to the championship.”

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