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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.”

Despite the win, Davenport (10-4, 5-3) was eliminated from the Upper Division race, which Margaretville (9-3-1, 6-1-1) clinched by tying Downsville, 1-1.

The Wildcats opened the scoring 10:23 into play. Eighth-grader Kacie Hymers received a cross from her sister Bailee and scored from 6 yards.

Less than four minutes later, Haight received a long throughball from Kassie Jeffers and scored to make it 2-0.

Preston singled out the defensive efforts of Abby Wood and Melissa Sperry, who marked SK standouts Tori Rockefeller and Brianna Laing, respectively.

“They did a nice job,” Preston said. “Kortright is a very good team. (Coach) Josh (Burroughs) has done a real good job with them. I really want to give credit to our kids. Both teams played hard and and we got the goals.”

Davenport plays at Margaretville on


Oneonta 12, Norwich 0

Dani Nicosia had two goals and three assists as Oneonta won a Southern Tier Athletic Conference game on the road.

Taryn More and Mariah Ruff also had two goals each as the Yellowjackets outshot Norwich, 36-0.

McKenna Rowe, Nicole Harmer, Jen Jelic, Abby Picinich and Meg Burns also scored for Oneonta (11-2, 11-0), which is at Susquehanna Valley today.

The Yellowjackets, winners of the STAC East Division title, clinched the top seed among STAC East/Central teams for the STAC playoffs.

Oneonta will travel to the West Division champion Oct. 17 and if it wins that, the Yellowjackets will host the STAC final against Vestal or Owego in search of their second straight league championship.

Gilboa 1, Stamford 0

Ashleigh Jaeger scored with 1:30 left in the first half and host Gilboa went on to a Delaware League victory.

Jaeger worked a give-and-go with Abigail Gockel in the middle of the field. Jaeger scored on a low shot inside the left post.

Gilboa (7-4-2, 4-3-1) travels to Downsville on Friday.

G-MU 3, Worcester 0

Lauren Hill scored 45 seconds into play, and Tori Hutzley and Whitney Gilbert also scored for host Gilbertsville-Mount Upton in its Tri-Valley League victory.

Hill finished a corner kick from Mackenzie Talbot.

Hutzley made it 2-0 with 28:35 left in the second half. She scored from 6 yards off pass from Elaina Palada.

The Raiders (5-8) will finish their season Friday at Edmeston.