Spencer Hinkley scored with 1 minute, 55 seconds left Tuesday as Roxbury earned a 1-0 boys soccer victory at Davenport for a first-round upset in the Section Four Class D Tournament.
After receiving a throughball from Dakota Caronia on the left side of the 18-yard box, Hinkley beat Davenport goalie Chris Kopf (two saves) to the far post for the decisive goal in the sectional opener between Delaware League foes.
“We had opportunities,” said Wildcats coach Deb Moorby, whose 9-5-2 team entered sectionals as the seventh seed. “We just couldn’t get the ball in the net.”
Will Rendler made 14 saves in the shutout for the 10th-seeded Rockets (10-5), who will play a sectional quarterfinal at No. 2 Marathon (13-2) of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Davenport, which held a 17-6 advantage in shots, will lose seniors Kyle Beang, Justin Fisher and Jason Orlowski to graduation.
“Our core is young,” Moorby said. “So we look to be strong next year.”
Morris 1, Laurens 0
Levi Decker one-timed a direct kick from Josh Rutherford past Laurens goalie David Fraser with nine minutes left as Tri-Valley League champion Morris opened the Section Four Class D Tournament with a tight victory.
“Rutherford did a nice job on the restart of keeping the ball low and using the field conditions to our advantage,” said Morris coach Dave Sander, whose team knocked off previously undefeated Cherry Valley-Springfield in the T-V title game Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.
“The ball scooted through a few players and onto Decker’s foot,” Sander continued. “The field conditions were not the best tonight.”
Kerry Smith made five saves in the shutout for the sixth-seeded Mustangs (12-3-1), who will visit No. 3 CV-S for a grudge match Friday.
“We will have to try and control the midfield and our central defenders will have to play another strong game,” Sander said.