Gilboa 3, Edmeston 1
Zak Perry scored twice in the final 2 minutes, 43 seconds Saturday as 13th-seeded Gilboa upset No. 5 Edmeston in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal.
Perry snapped a 1-all deadlock by tucking the ball into the left corner of Edmeston’s goal off a short chip-pass from Ben Standhart.
Panthers coach Ken Plows then moved starting goalie Logan Vibbard to the front line for an offensive boost.
“I decided to pull him out of goal to try to get a fast front,” said Plows, who turned over the goalkeeping duties to Nick DeVries. “A minute later, they popped in a header.”
Perry beat DeVries with a high header off a throw-in from Hunter Grace with 1:56 remaining for the final margin.
“We were pressuring back and they made a mistake getting the ball to somebody,” Gilboa coach Dan McGlynn said. “We were able to counter-attack and the ball went out of bounds. There was a huge sigh of relief after Zak’s header went in because it was a very back-and-forth game.”
Christian Cooper opened the scoring with an unassisted 25-yarder from the right side of the field, crossing a shot into the upper-left side 23 minutes into the quarterfinal for Gilboa (10-7).
Austin Axtell converted a cross from Austin Plows 17 minutes into the second half to tie the score.
“Nothing went right for us,” said Ken Plows, whose team was outshot, 10-9. “We had five shots right in front of the goal that the boys just put over the top. Five of those nine shots could have been goals. It was just one of those games.”
Vibbard finished with five saves for the Panthers (13-5), who held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
Phillip Berger stopped six shots for the Wildcats, who advanced to a sectional semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday against top-seeded Margaretville (16-0) at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.