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October 11, 2012

Devils clinch Upper crown

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Elia Tanzer’s goal from 12 yards out with nine minutes left lifted visiting Margaretville into a 1-1 Delaware League girls soccer tie against Downsville on Wednesday that allowed the Blue Devils to clinch the Upper Division title.

“Tanzer beat us one-on-one, with a left foot-shot to the side net,” Downsville coach Burt Reed said.

Margaretville (9-3-1) improved to 6-1-1 in league play and closed out second-place Davenport (10-4, 5-3), which beat South Kortright, 2-0, Wednesday.

Downsville (11-0-2, 6-0-1) needs one win in its final two games to clinch the Mountain Division and join Margaretville in the crossover game Oct. 20 at the Wright National Soccer Campus. The Eagles’ final two league games are against Gilboa and South Kortright. They host Gilboa on Friday.

Downsville’s goal came four minutes into the second half. Kendra Lacey made a cut from the left side and crossed the ball toward the goal. Margaretville goalie Alexis Molnar got her hands on the ball but couldn’t secure it. Kaileen Townsend then touched it into the net for a 1-0 lead.

“This was a pretty even game,” Reed said. “It was played a lot in the middle of the field.”

In the two overtime periods both teams had good looks, but Molnar and Downsville goalie Katie Lawrence both made big saves.

“I thought the goalies really played well in overtime,” Reed said. “They cut off the attacks and got to a lot of balls.”

The game was a rematch of the Sept. 8 final of the Downsville tournament. The Eagles won that game, 2-1.

Margaretville hosts Davenport on Friday.

Davenport 2, SK 0

Sarah Haight returned after missing five games with a concussion and scored for the Wildcats, who won a Delaware League game at home.

“It was nice to have Sarah back,” Davenport coach Ray Preston said. “We were without her for five games and 20 minutes.”

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