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October 29, 2012

Morris and Unatego girls cruise in sectionals

The Daily Star

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Alexis Forgit had a goal and an assist to lead defending Section Four Class D girls soccer champion Morris to a 3-0 quarterfinal victory over Margaretville at home Saturday.

“Our defense was very solid,” said Morris coach Rhoda Flint, who added Margaretville scoring threats Tess Svoboda and Elia Tanzer had very few touches Saturday. “I am very pleased with how the team is playing.”

Forgit opened the scoring off a throughball to the box from Mckenna Hungerford with 13 minutes, 26 seconds left in the first half.

Forgit then set up Kelsea Webster, who one-touched a cross into the far corner about 8 minutes later.

Emily Leboffe capped the scoring with a hard shot that deflected in off a defender in the second half for the fourth-seeded Mustangs (14-1-3), who finished with a 17-4 advantage in shots.

Katie Humphris made two saves for Tri-Valley League co-champion Morris, which advanced to a semifinal against top-seeded Downsville at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta on Wednesday, weather-permitting.

Alexiss Molnar stopped 10 shots for the Blue Devils (12-4-2), who played Downsville to a 1-1 tie in the Delaware League championship game Oct. 20 at the WNSC.

Franklin 2, Milford 1

Marisa Cawley scored the winning goal with 9 minutes left Saturday, leading third-seeded host Franklin to a Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory over Tri-Valley League co-champion Milford.

Cawley converted a corner kick from Mariah McNeily, scoring from inside the box to the near post.

Franklin’s Jesse Downin opened the scoring 5:43 into the first half, after McNeily shot from outside the box. Downin struck from 6 yards out to the near post.

Hannah Saggese scored on a 6-yard header with 14 minutes left in the first half to tie it for the sixth-seeded Wildcats (11-3-3), who played Morris to a scoreless tie in the Tri-Valley League championship game at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.

Saggese’s equalizer came off of Francesca Green’s free kick from the left wing to the inside the 18-yard box.

Tri-Valley League-affiliate Franklin (14-2) will face second-seeded Marathon of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference at the WNSC at 3 p.m. Wednesday, weather-permitting, Purple Devils coach J.J. Laing said Sunday night.

Wednesday’s winner will advance to the sectional final, which is scheduled for Saturday at a time and place to be determined.

Downsville 2, Davenport 1

The second of Kaileen Townsend’s two goals came with 20 minutes left and snapped a 1-all tie as top-seeded Downsville advanced to the Section Four Class D semifinals.

Leigha Latourette, who assisted on both of Townsend’s goals, dribbled down the right side before sending a long cross into the box.

“No one got a piece of it and the keeper (Jayra Blanton) came out,” Downsville coach Burt Reed said. “Kaileen beat Blanton to the goal and headed it in at the 6.”

Ninth-seeded Davenport tied the score 14 minutes into the second half. Sarah Haight broke free near the end line and lined a shot. Downsville goalie Katie Lawrence tried to tip it over the bar, but it didn’t go over and Kacie Hymers tapped it into an open net.

Davenport held a 13-4 advantage in shots and had a 13-3 lead in corner kicks.

“All year, we’ve been a team that gets outshot,” Reed said of his 13-0-4 squad that will play fourth-seeded Morris in a semifinal scheduled for Wednesday at the Wright National Soccer Campus. “I sometimes yell at the girls for being too selective, but our percentage on scoring is really high.”

Seven minutes into play, Townsend opened the scoring. Latourette received a throw-in and sent a pass into the box. A defender was playing in front of Townsend, but the ball got through. It left Townsend 1-on-1 with Blanton and Townsend scored to the right corner with her left foot.

The Eagles will play a Morris squad that ended their season with a 3-1 victory in a sectional quarter. Morris went to win the sectional title.

“They’re a very balanced team,” Reed said of the Mustangs. “We’ll have to play well. They’re the defending champions and they have almost everyone back. We’re much improved, so it’ll be a good chance to see what my young girls can do.”


Unatego 8, Greene 2

Top-seeded Unatego cruised in the Section Four Class C title game as Sarah Mannina and Courtney Bullis scored two goals apiece in the Spartans’ home victory Saturday.

Torri Halaquist scored six minutes into play, finishing a crossing pass from Juli Carbone from close range to make it 1-0.

With 15:08 left in the first half, Mannina one-touched a cross Mariah Scott into the goal to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead. About eight minutes later, Cassidy Newman scored from long range as Unatego took a 3-0 lead.

The Spartans (17-0-1) led, 6-0, before the Trojans’ Paige Wilcox scored the first of her two goals.

“We played very, very well,” said Unatego coach Sue Herodes, whose team will play second-seeded Elmira Notre Dame in the final Friday or Saturday in the Binghamton area. “We moved the ball and found open spots in the penalty box.”

Casey Manzanero and Autumn Marini also scored for Unatego, which held a 23-6 advantage in shots against a Greene squad it beat, 3-0, during the regular season.

Herodes added that Katrina Clark did a “phenomenal job” defending Wilcox.

Elmira ND advanced with a 1-0 win over Lansing.

“They’re a strong defensive team,” Herodes said of the Crusaders. “Offensively, they’re a little down this year, but they’re so good defensively.”

Herodes Hannah Haskell is END’s top offensive threat.

“We’re going to have to move the ball quickly,” Herodes said. “They shrink the field really well, but we’ve very good at spreading out defenders. We’re ready. It’s going to be a good game. It’ll be a defensive game, but we’re solid defensively as well.”