Welcome’s header marked the Broncos’ only goal during their first NJCAA D-III Tournament appearance. Delhi lost its first-round game, 7-0, on Friday to top-ranked Brookdale.
“We had a great season,” Delhi coach Bob Leary said. “We really raised the bar for Delhi soccer.”
OHS graduate Jenn Jelic echoed Leary’s assessment following the completion of her first college soccer season.
“We started off a little rough, but we ended the season strong,” said freshman midfielder Jelic, who helped Oneonta High reach the Class B state final last season and contributed to the Broncos’ 3-2 overtime defeat of Genesee CC in the NJCAA Region III District B title game this season. “We really came together and played as a family.”
Anoka-Ramsey took a 1-0 lead 9:52 on a penalty kick into the match. Delhi’s Megan Moody was whistled for a handball inside the 18-yard box, setting up a penalty kick for Molly Larson. She beat Delhi goalie Lauren Renaud (three saves) to the left side.
Lindsay Madden made it 2-0 with 6:11 left in the first half, converting a 20-yard shot off a breakaway.
Elise Garlick gave Anoka-Ramsey (12-4-2) a 3-0 lead off a corner kick with 15:05 left.
Winning goalie Eric Parker stopped 11 Delhi shots for A-R, which will play Richland (12-4-2) in the fifth-place match Saturday.
Brookdale won a shootout against Howard in a semifinal Friday and will play Mohawk Valley for the NJCAA D-III Tournament crown at 3 p.m. Sunday. Mohawk Valley is the defending champion and advanced to this season’s tournament as the NJCAA Region III District A champions.
OHS graduate Brianna Georgia is a sophomore midfielder for MVCC.
O-State to host final
Top-seeded Oneonta State will host No. 6 seed Geneseo in the SUNYAC Tournament championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Red Dragon Field.