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.
The teams did not play overtime because of darkness.
“We didn’t put enough good shots on goal,” Cooperstown coach Frank Miosek said.
Cooperstown goalie Kevin Frevele stopped a breakaway 18 minutes into play.
“They played high density defense and looked to counter quickly,” Miosek said of the Mustangs.
Cooperstown (8-6-1, 5-4-1) will await their next match in the Section Three Class C tournament.
Morris 4, Madison 2
Mike Murphy scored two goals to lead visiting Morris to a non-league victory.
Murphy opened the scoring 11 minutes in on a 20-yard shot, which was set up by a back-pass from Mike Silicato. Brent Wist made it 2-0 five minutes later, converting a rebound after Dillon Humphries’ 35-yard free kick.
Humphries gave the Mustangs a 3-1 lead in the second half, scoring on a direct kick from 22 yards.
Morris (8-4-2, 7-4-2) is off until the Section Four Class D tournament.
Stamford 1, Downsville 0
Glen Cioccari’s with 18 ½ minutes left in the first half lifted host Stamford to a Delaware League victory.
The play started with a long throw-in by Greg Mattice. K.C. Rockwell headed Mattice’s throw to Ciocarri, who finished inside the far post.
The teams combined to take eight shots, including five by Downsville.
The Indians (8-5-1, 6-3) will next play in the Section Four Class D tournament.
Gilboa 2, Downsville 0
First-half goals by Jana Traver and Hailey Havrish helped host Gilboa to a Delaware League victory.
Traver scored 3 ½ minutes into play. Her shot from the top of the penalty box hooked inside the right post. Four minutes later, Havrish’s corner kick deflected off a Downsville defender and went into the goal.
The Wildcats (8-4-2, 5-2-1) will travel to Davenport today.
Sidney 1, Delhi 0
Mackensie Gravel volleyed in a throw-in from Sam Bordeau 4 ½ minutes into play as host Sidney won in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
Bordeau’s throw bounced one before Gravelin scored from 12 yards.
Jolene Krom made seven saves for the Warriors (9-5, 8-2), who will travel to Greene today for MAC crossover.
Kaitlynn Finch made four saves for Delhi, which held an 8-7 advantage in shots.
Franklin 2, Edmeston 0
Mariah McNeilly scored off a corner kick in the first half and Lacey Cox had a goal in the second to lead visiting Franklin in the Tri-Valley League.
McNeilly’s corner kick to the near was caught by Edmeston goalie Catherine Johnson, but Johnson fell across the goal line. It made the score, 1-0, 7 ½ minutes into play.
Cox penetrated Edmeston’s defense before scoring on a low shot to the far post with 25:46 left.
Johnson finished with nine saves for the Panthers, who finished their season at 4-10-1 overall and 3-9-1 in the league.
Unatego 6, Walton 0
Torri Halaquist finished with two goals and an assist to lead host Unatego to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
Halaquist opened the scoring nine minutes in on a 20-yard shot after receiving a pass from Vita Guglielmetti. Halaquist scored again three minutes later on a 20-yard shot after receiving a pass from Emily Slawson.
Cassidy Newman, Mary Rommer, Courtney Bullis and Cambre Codington also scored for the Spartans, who held a 21-2 advantage in shots.
Lili Sinischalchi and Janine Belardi made seven and eight saves, respectively, for Walton.
Unatego (13-2, 10-0) will face host Unadilla Valley in the MAC championship game Friday.
Owego 3, Oneonta 0
Brittney Herrick finished with eight kills, four digs and three aces, but visiting Oneonta High fell, 25-15, 25-16, 25-19, in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.
Krissy Wells contributed 10 assists and Annie Nobiling finished with two blocks for the Yellowjackets.
Kim Lavender led undefeated Owego with eight kills and four aces. Teammate Carrie Farr contributed a match-high 22 assists.
Oneonta (10-3), which was swept twice by the Indians this season, will host its final home game against Chenango Valley on Thursday. Both teams will wear pink uniforms in an American Cancer Society Fundraiser.
“We pulled in a thousand (dollars) last year and this year we’re looking to raise at least that,” Oneonta coach Lee Ferrara said.
Donations will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
Delaware League Championships
Roxbury’s Shannon Sprague, the lone girl in the field, shot an 87 at the par-72 Delhi College Golf Course to earn medalist honors in the Delaware League Championships.
Sprague won by a shot over Gilboa’s Mychael Grant, Andes/South Kortright’s Tyler Lamport and Ryan Sluiter, and Windham’s Dan Marino.
Grant and Lamport finished second and third, respectively, after matching cards.
Windham and Gilboa shared the team title with 365 strokes. Along with Marino’s 88, the Warriors received a 91 from Malcolm Seamans and 93s from Skylar Schoonmaker and Ed Moran.
Along with Grant, Gilboa’s Ben Standhart shot an 89, Zak Perry had a 93 and Nick Losito contributed a 95.
Andes/SK was third with 371, two shots better than Margaretville.
at West Cananda Valley
Lindsay Harloff, Tessa Griger and Eden Griger earned two victories apiece as Cooperstown to a 55-40 road victory.
Harloff won the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, 15.61 seconds) and the 100 free (1:02.92), Tessa Griger touched first in the 200 individual medley (2:36.23) and the 100 butterfly (1:07.23), and Eden Griger was first in the 50 free (27.11) and the 500 free (5:41.50).