The Daily Star
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Peter Paluch’s goal 15 minutes into the second half snapped a 1-all tie and second-seeded Oneonta High went on to a 3-1 victory over visiting Dryden on Saturday to advance to the Section Four Class B boys soccer final for the fifth straight year.
Paluch headed in a throw-in from Kragh Delello.
“He’s not the tallest guy, but he challenged for it,” OHS coach Alex Brannan said of Paluch’s goal from 12 yards. “I said, ‘Boy, you really climbed the ladder there.’”
The Yellowjackets (12-4) will play fourth-seeded Chenango Forks (9-7) in the final Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus. OHS is looking for its third sectional title in five years. Forks upset second-seeded Susquehanna Valley, 1-0, in overtime Saturday.
Jacob Czapranski scored on a free kick to give the Lions a 1-0 lead 2:12 into play.
Theo Malone tied the score for OHS 12 minutes later.
Ian Oliver capped the scoring with 10 minutes left, one-timing a pass from Delello.
“That took a pressure off with 10 minutes to go,” said Brannan, whose team has played Susquehanna Valley in the last two sectional finals, winning, 3-2, in 2011 and dropping a 5-2 decision last season.
Added Brannan: “It was an aggressive game, more aggressive than we’ve ever had against them. We composed ourselves. We gave up another early goal, but that was a mistake in the back that we talked about. It wasn’t that we weren’t ready to play.”
The Yellowjackets split two games against Forks, winning at home, 2-1, early in the season and falling, 3-1, at Forks.
“The first time we played them it was the second game of the season and other time was on turf,” Brannan said. “The bottom line is whoever comes to play will win it. We can’t give up early goals and then fight back. As you get deeper and deeper in the sectionals, good teams usually don’t give up leads. It’s good that we’re at home. We’ve won every game at home.”
On making it to the sectional final for the fifth straight year, Brannan said: “It’s pretty impressive when you think about it, because you’re changing players every year.”
Davenport 2, Milford 1
Josh Davi and Kyle Moorby scored goals 1:08 apart late in the first half as third-seeded Davenport rallied for a Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory.
Peyton Griffiths gave sixth-seeded Milford a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into play. Eli Rutledge’s pass set up a breakaway for Griffiths, who touched it twice before scoring.
Davi tied 8:45 before halftime. Moorby sent a corner kick into the box and Davi ran onto it, using his chest to get across the line from 6 yards.
About a minute later, Moorby and Cody Wamsley worked a passing combination along the right side that led to the go-ahead goal with 7:37 left in the half. Wamsley started it with a throw-in. Moorby then passed back to Wamsley, who dribbled toward the end line. Wamsley then passed back to Moorby, who chipped over shot over goalie Max Lang and inside the far post.
“Looking at the stats, most of the action occurred in the first half,” said Davenport coach Deb Moorby, whose team will play second-seeded Cherry Valley-Springfield in a sectional semifinal Wednesday at the Wright National Soccer Campus. “We had nine shots in the first half and they had six. In the second half, we were shutting each other down. It was kind of a back-and-forth game in the second half.”
Davenport (14-3) held a 10-9 advantage in shots. Lang finished with eight saves, one more than Davenport’s Chris Kopf.
Davenport beat CV-S, 1-0, on Sept. 23.
“I know Chris Kopf had some nice saves,” Moorby said of the first game against the Patriots. “If it wasn’t for him having an excellent game, we never would have beaten CV-S. I remember them being strong in the middle of the field and the speed of some of their guys up front.”
CV-S 4, SK 0
Kurt Pressly scored twice and second-seeded Cherry Valley-Springfield limited visiting South Kortright to three shots in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory.
Pressly opened the scoring 6:10 before halftime. Hunter Cox started the scoring sequence on CV-S’ side of midfield. Cox sent a long ball to Noah Russo on the left side. Russo then sent a crossing pass to the right side of the box. Pressly cut in front of SK goalie Brett Post and bodied the ball into the goal.
“We had some opportunities we didn’t capitalize on (in the first half),” CV-S coach Terri Adams said. “The wind was against us. We had those chances we didn’t finish on and then late in the first half we got one. At halftime, we talked about some things, worked our short passing game, pressure the ball and got three goals.”
Ben Drugatz made it 2-0 with 33:26 left. He scored on a rebound after an initial shot was bobbed by the goalie.
Pressly scored 10 minutes later and Russo capped the scoring.
“We kept it to the feet and our defense was solid,” Adams said of her 16-1 Tri-Valley League title-winning squad. “We moved as a unit, supported every unit and it was a total team effort.”
The Patriots’ lone loss this season came against a Davenport squad it will play Wednesday in a sectional semifinal at the Wright National Soccer Campus.
“I thought we had opportunities we didn’t finish on,” Adams said of the 1-0 loss to the Wildcats on Sept. 23. “I thought both teams played hard. I think it will be a good matchup.”
Margaretville 6, Morris 2
Kyle Short scored three goals and had an assist to lead top-seeded Margaretville to a Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory at home.
Twelve minutes into play, Roberto Sarabia received a cross from Sam Gil, and then beat a Morris defender, setting up a 1-on-1 with Morris’ Aiden Staib. Sarabia shot to the near post from 14 yards to make it 1-0.
When Dylan Shaffer volleyed in a corner kick by Cooper Reither with 13 minutes remaining in the first half, the Blue Devils had a 2-0 lead.
Short scored from 10 yards to the far post with three minutes left to give Margaretville a 3-0 cushion at halftime. Sarabia assisted the goal.
Five minutes into the second half, Short’s second goal, assisted by Matt Van Valkenburg, made it 4-0. Short then assisted a goal a goal by Van Valkenburg two minutes later. Van Valkenburg scored from 12 yards.
“We played well and took advantage of opportunities,” Margaretville coach Jeremey Marks said.
Ryan Morlock and Sam Ernst scored for ninth-seeded Morris, which finished its season at 9-6-2.
Margaretville (16-0) will play 13th-seeded Gilboa in the semifinals Wednesday at the Wright National Soccer Campus.
Gilboa (10-7) knocked off fifth-seeded Edmeston, 3-1. No other information was available on that game.
“They’re on a roll,” Marks said of Gilboa, which has won five straight.
Lansing 6, Walton 0
A season that saw ninth-seeded Walton win its first division title and advance to the Midstate Athletic Conference final ended in a Section Four Class C quarterfinal against top-seeded Lansing on Saturday at Cortland State.
“We played hard, but they were just a far superior team,” Walton coach Andy Gates said of the 16-1 Bobcats.
Clint Herzog scored twice before the game was eight minutes old.
Herzog scored the far post four minutes into play and then made it 2-0 on a 30-yard with 32:03 left in the first half.
“We’ve been in pretty much every game we’ve played all year,” Gates said. “But they moved the ball extremely well and obviously, they finished many opportunities.”
Dylan Walley made 12 saves for the Warriors, who finished their season at 12-6.
Sam Baskin and Logan Mancuso finished 23rd and 24th, respectively, to lead Oneonta High’s boys to an eighth-place finish in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference Championships at Owego.
Baskin finished the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 45 seconds – three seconds faster than Mancuso.
“Sam and Logan have a good chance at qualiyfing for states,” Oneonta coach Dan Forbes said.
Ithaca’s Dan Dracup won the race in 16:18. Corning won the title with 44 points.
Amelia French’s 46th-place finished pace the OHS girls, who finished 13th with 322 points. French crossed in 23:06, seven second ahead of teammate Jamie Keown, who placed 48th.
OHS will compete in the Section Four State Qualifier on Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park. The girls will run at 11:30 a.m. The boys start at 12:30 p.m.