Mary Rommer’s successful penalty kick in the final round of a shootout sent third-seeded Unatego into the Section Four Class C girls soccer title game for the second straight year.
Rommer’s PK gave the Spartans a 4-2 shootout win after they played second-seeded host Elmira Notre Dame to a 0-0 tie through regulation and four periods of overtime Tuesday.
Last season, Unatego defeated END, 1-0, in the Section Four Class C final to advance to the state playoffs for the first time in 16 years.
Torri Halaquist scored the goal in last year’s game against the Crusaders. Halaquist also scored Unatego’s first goal Tuesday in the shootout.
In the shootout, Unatego shot first and Halaquist converted on a low shot to the right side.
Elmira Notre Dame’s Megan Herrick then tied the shootout at 1 apiece by scoring to the left side. Emily Slawson then scored to give Unatego a 2-1 lead on a shot to the left side.
Emma Booth then tied for END on a shot to the left to make it 2-2.
Cassidy Newman’s shot to the right side gave the Spartans a 3-2 lead. The next three shooters missed, setting Rommer’s winning kick, a low shot to the right side.
“We’ve been practicing them all season,” Unatego coach Sue Herodes said of her team’s performance in the shootout.
Rommer also marked END standout Booth and held her to two shots all game.
“Rommer played an awesome defensive game,” Herodes said.
Herodes also had high praise for her goalie, Megan Faulkner, who finished with 10 saves.
“It was Faulkner’s best game of the season,” Herodes said.
Unatego (15-2-1) will play top-seeded Lansing in the Section Four Class C final Friday, likely at Norwich as part of a doubleheader with the Class B final, pitting Oneonta High against Seton Catholic Central.