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November 6, 2012

O-State men to start NCAAs at home

OHS, Unatego girls still waiting on opponents; Franklin to play Poland

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Let’s start with what we know.

Three area girls soccer teams — Oneonta High, Unatego and Franklin — and one local men’s soccer team — Oneonta State — are still playing.

Of those four, the O-State men and Franklin girls know who they’ll be playing and where, but the Red Dragons haven’t announced times.

Unatego knows when and where but not who.

OHS doesn’t know much of anything, other than the fact that it probably won’t play its state quarterfinal until early next week.

O-State’s men learned Monday it will host first- and second-round games Saturday and Sunday when the NCAA Division III bracket was released.

The Red Dragons (13-5-1), national semifinalists a year ago, will open play in the 62-team tournament on Saturday against Massachusetts Institute of Technology (13-4-2). Montclair State (17-2), also a final four team in 2011, will play Salve Regina (16-5-1) in the other first-round game at O-State.

The first-round winners will play Sunday, with the winner advancing to the round of 16 the following weekend.

Times for this weekend’s games have not been announced. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and $2 for children 3 and under.

O-State won its second straight SUNY Athletic Conference title Saturday with a 2-1 win over host Plattsburgh State. Luke Halberg and Jake Sutherland scored second-half goals for the Red Dragons, whose 18-3-1 season a year ago ended with a 4-2 loss to Calvin College in an NCAA semifinal at San Antonio.

MIT advanced by winning the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference title Sunday with a 2-0 win over Springfield College. MIT was the fifth seed for the tournament.

Montclair State earned one of 20 at-large berths for the tournament. Its 2011 season ended in the national semifinals with a loss to eventual champion Ohio Wesleyan.

Salve Regina defeated Nichols College, 2-0, Saturday to win the Commonwealth Coast Conference title.

As for the high school teams, first-time Section Four Class D champion Franklin (15-2-1) will face Section Three champion Poland (19-1) in a state quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fulton High.

Top-seeded Poland advanced Saturday with a 5-3 win over No. 2 Cincinnatus in the Section Three final. Mikayla Blumenstock had three goals and Tara Siegle contributed two for the Tornadoes, whose lone loss this season came against 2010 and 2011 Section Three Class D champion Remsen. Blumenstock, a freshman, has 32 goals this season. Siegle has scored 20 goals.

Franklin advanced with a 3-2 penalty-kick shootout victory after it played defending sectional champion Morris to a 1-1 tie through regulation and four overtimes Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus.

Purple Devils junior Jordan Beers scored in regulation for Franklin. Jessie Downin provided the decisive penalty kick in the shootout.

Unatego (18-0-1), which won its first outright Section Four Class C title since beating Trumansburg, 2-1, in the 1996 final, will play Sauquoit Valley (16-2-1) or Manlius-Pebble Hill (16-2) in a Class C state quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fulton High.

Sauquoit Valley won the Section Three Class C-1 title Monday with a 2-1 win over Tully at Chittenango. Jenna Mazza and Elisa Marchione scored for SV.

MPH earned a 1-0 win over Bishop Grimes in the C-2 final Monday.

SV and MPH will play for the overall Section Three title at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Chittenango.

The Spartans earned their spot in the state playoffs with a 1-0 victory in the Section Four final over Elmira Notre Dame on Friday at Greene. Torri Halaquist scored in the first half off an assist from Sarah Mannina for Unatego.

Oneonta (17-2) won its second straight Section Four Class B title Friday, with a 4-0 overtime win against Seton Catholic Central at Greene.

Sophomore Brieanna Baker opened the scoring midway through the first of two mandatory 10-minute overtime periods. Madison Miller, Dani Nicosia and Abby Picinich also contributed goals as the top-seeded Yellowjackets beat the Saints for the second straight year.

OHS will play the Section One or Section Nine champion in a state quarterfinal at a Section Four site, likely early next week.

Section One completed its quarterfinal round Monday because of Hurricane Sandy. Hastings, the 16th seed, knocked off top-seeded Briarcliff, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round and played No. 9 Albertus Mangus on Monday in the last quarterfinal.

The winner of that game will play fourth-seeded Kennedy Catholic today in a semifinal. The other semifinal pits No. 2 Bronxville against sixth-seeded North Salem. That game also is scheduled for today. Bronxville defeated Oneonta, 1-0, in a state quarterfinal last season.

The Section One final will be Wednesday.

Spackenkill (17-1) beat Highland Falls, 3-0, to win its second straight Section Nine title Saturday.

Spackenkill will play the Section One winner at 11 a.m. Saturday in a Class B state first-round game at Arlington High, with the winner facing OHS in a state quarterfinal.

The Yellowjackets defeated Spackenkill, 4-1, last season in a first-round state playoff game.