There will be a new Southern Tier Athletic Conference champion in boys soccer this season.
Defending champion Oneonta High fell, 1-0, at Corning on Tuesday in a STAC semifinal.
Noah Coons scored off an assist from Isaac Davis 9 minutes, 16 seconds into play to lead Corning into Friday’s title game. Coons took a hard shot from 15 yards on the right side and scored into the top right corner.
“We gave up another early goal,” OHS coach Alex Brannan said. “My guys are just slow starters. They need to figure a different way to warm up.
“The long trip is a killer – 2 ½ hours on a school bus,” he continued. “We just came out slow.”
Brannan said Corning controlled the first half, but his team had the better of play after halftime.
One of Oneonta’s best chances in the first half came when Kragh Delello dribbled deep into Corning territory before sending a cross that a defender poked away just before Theo Malone arrived.
In the second half, Joe Ignone had an opportunity with his left foot but didn’t make clean contact. Malone also had a good look, but shot just wide of the left post.
“After traveling 2 ½ hours and playing a Class AA school, you would expect we shouldn’t be in the game, but we were right there,” said Brannan, whose team was outshot, 12-9. “You have to get a goal and we didn’t get one.”
The Yellowjackets (11-4) defeated Corning, 3-2, in overtime in last season’s STAC final. It marked Oneonta’s first STAC championship in boys soccer since 1985.
OHS is off until the Section Four Class B tournament starts.
“It’ll be nice,” Brannan said of the time off. “We can get to rest a little bit now.”
Cooperstown 0, Mt. Markham 0
Despite holding a 30-4 advantage in shots, Cooperstown tied visiting Mount Markham in the Center State Conference.