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October 23, 2013

Schenevus rallies for first-round win

The Daily Star

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Sierra Bentley scored the go-ahead goal with two minutes left in overtime Tuesday, lifting the Schenevus girls soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Gilboa in the first round of the Section Four Class D Tournament.

Sixth-seeded Schenevus (11-4-1) of the Tri-Valley League advanced to a sectional quarterfinal Friday at No. 3 seed South Kortright (13-2-1), which had a first-round bye Tuesday. SK is coming off a 2-2 tie with Davenport in the Delaware League championship game Saturday.

Bentley scored the decisive goal from 12 yards after controlling a loose ball and penetrating the middle of the box.

Teammate Mimi Teft tied the score eight minutes into the second half, chipping a 10-yard shot past Gilboa goalie Allison McGuire (eight saves). Sarah Miller earned an assist on the play for the Dragons, who finished with advantages of 12-4 in shots and 5-2 in corner kicks.

Abigail Gockel opened the scoring on a 20-yard shot that went in off a defender with a minute left in the opening half for the 11th-seeded Wildcats (8-5-2).

Mary Hernandez made three saves for Schenevus.

Davenport 3, Windham 1

Sarah Haight scored twice in the second half for ninth-seeded Davenport, which earned a first-round road victory in the Section Four Class D Tournament.

Co-Delaware League champion Davenport (11-3-3) will play a quarterfinal Friday at top-seeded Milford (15-1), which had first-round bye. Milford won the Tri-Valley League title, 1-0, over Morris on Saturday.

Haight started the scoring with an unassisted 18-yarder to the far post 11:27 after halftime.

Delaware League rival Windham (8-4), the eighth seed, answered with a 10-yard goal by Brianna Jaeger with 23:57 left. Sonam Sherpa assisted Jaeger on the goal, which came after a corner kick by Mattie Seamans.

Emily Whipple followed with the go-ahead goal, an unassisted shot with 19:13 left, and set up Haight for the last goal 3:31 later. Haight turned Whipple’s throughball into another 18-yard shot, this time to the near post, for the final margin.

“We had a ton of opportunities, we just couldn’t make it happen in the first half,” said Windham coach Jim Todaro, whose team took 14 of its 21 shots in the first 40 minutes.

Jayra Blanton made 14 saves for Davenport, which finished with eight shots. Windham also had a 12-6 advantage in corner kicks.

Franklin 2, Downsville 0

Jessica Downin and Mariah McNeilly scored in the first half to lead visiting Franklin to a first-round upset in the Section Four Class D Tournament.

Downin scored from inside the box with an unassisted shot to the left corner 3:30 into play. McNeilly made it 2-0 in favor of the 10th-seeded Purple Devils (10-4-1) by curling in a corner kick with 26 minutes to go in the first half. McNeilly’s shot from the left side marked her third goal off a corner kick this season.

“Our back line was real solid tonight,” said Franklin coach J.J. Laing, who got three saves from goalie Jordan Beers in her third straight shutout.

Kacie Banker made one save for seventh-seeded Downsville (9-5-2) of the Delaware League, which was outshot, 6-3, and took six corner kicks — five fewer than Franklin.

The Purple Devils advanced to a Friday quarterfinal at second-seeded Cherry Valley-Springfield (12-2-1). Franklin fell, 5-2, to the Patriots on Sept. 26 in Tri-Valley League play.

Delhi 5, SC 1

Casey Steffens scored four goals to lead fifth-seeded Delhi to a first-round Section Four Class D Tournament victory at home.

Steffens’ first goal came five minutes into play, following a throughball from Melissa Conrad and beating a defender before scoring from 15 yards.

Her second goal came 10 minutes later on a direct kick from 25 yards, giving the Bulldogs (9-8) a 2-0 lead.

“We played one of the best games we’ve played all season,” said Delhi coach Matt Albright, whose Midstate Athletic Conference team finished with advantages of 16-10 in shots and 3-0 in corner kicks against 12th-seeded Southern Cayuga (3-12) of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference. “Everyone was doing their job, which was nice.”

Conrad also scored for the Bulldogs, who received 10 saves from Kaitlynn Finch.

Delhi (9-8) will play fourth-seeded Morris (12-3-2) in the Section Four Class D quarterfinals Friday.

Morris 4, Roxbury 1

Freshman Meghan Barringer scored two goals to lead fourth-seeded Morris to victory in the opening round of the Section Four Class D Tournament.

“She played one of her best games tonight,” Morris coach Rhoda Flint said of Barringer, who had both of the Mustangs’ goals in the second half.

Barringer beat the Roxbury defense to draw goalie Lisa Boyke (13 saves) out of position, then scored unassisted with 22:51 left for a 3-0 Morris lead.

After the Mustangs gave up a goal on an 18-yard direct kick to the upper-far corner by Shannon Sprague, Barringer struck again with another one-on-one against Boyke. Alexis Forgit’s throughball set up Barringer, who touched it past Boyke for the final margin.

Forgit and Liana Garry scored first-half goals for the Mustangs, who finished with a 20-3 advantage in shots.

Roxbury, the 13th seed out of the Delaware League, finished the season 7-8-1.

Kaylyn Oliver stopped two shots in goal for Tri-Valley League runner-up Morris, which hosts a quarterfinal against fifth-seeded Delhi on Friday.

CLASS CCandor 3, UV 2, OT

Ninth-seeded Unadilla Valley of the Midstate Athletic Conference suffered an overtime road loss in the first round of the Section Four Class C Tournament.

The Storm finished their season at 8-8. Eighth-seeded Candor (7-8-1) of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference advanced to a sectional quarterfinal at top-seeded Lansing (15-0) of the IAC on Friday.

No other information was available at press time.