The Daily Star
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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.
“At this point in the season, we just have to play our game,” said Herodes, whose team went 18-1-1 last season, including a 2-0 loss to Sauquoit Valley in a Class C state quarterfinal.
Oneonta 3, Lansing 0
Krissy Wells finished with 14 assists and six aces to lead second-seeded Oneonta High to a 25-13, 25-13, 25-6 Section Four Class C quarterfinal victory at home.
Teammate Brittney Herrick contributed six kills and three blocks for the Yellowjackets.
“We racked up quite a few aces,” Oneonta coach Lee Ferrara said.
Oneonta (12-4) will join Thomas A. Edison, Trumansburg and top-seeded Windsor for the Section Four Class C Semifinal pool play tournament at Horseheads Middle School on Thursday.
The Yellowjackets defeated Windsor in a tiebreaker set to advance to the sectional final in last year’s pool play before falling to Owego in the title match.
This year, Oneonta is seeded second behind the top-seeded Black Knights. The Yellowjackets will play two sets against each team and the top two teams will advance to the sectional final at Watkins Glen on Saturday.
Sidney 3, SC 2
Alyssa Cranston finished with a match-high 13 kills and three blocks to lead fourth-seeded Sidney to a 25-21, 25-21, 17-25, 21-25, 25-22 Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory over visiting Southern Cayuga.
Taylor Krom finished with 11 kills and Paige Redmond contributed 21 assists for the Warriors, who dropped the third and fourth sets after winning the opening two.
“It was nerves and playing a team we knew nothing about,” Sidney coach Paul Sims said. “Our passing was much better in the fifth set and we were able to regroup and get that last game.”
Sidney (15-4) will travel to Horseheads Middle School for the Section Four Class D semifinal pool play tournament Thursday. The Warriors will play two sets against Harpursville, Tioga and Bainbridge-Guilford. The top two teams will advance to the final Saturday at Watkins Glen.
B-G 3, Candor 2
Morgan Bullis had 11 assists, seven kills and four aces to lead third-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford to a 25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 17-25, 25-22 victory over visiting Candor in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal.
Betsy Holden contributed eight kills, and Alissa Rivera finished with six aces and five kills for the Bobcats, who advanced semifinal pool play Thursday at Horseheads Middle School.
B-G improved to 15-4.