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November 1, 2013

Wildcats rally past Patriots in semis

ONEONTA — Everything changed in about four minutes.

Cherry-Valley Springfield held a lead for nearly a half-hour Wednesday, but Mike Libby and Cody Wamsley scored goals in rapid succession to lead Davenport to a 2-1 victory in a Section Four Class D semifinal at the Wright National Soccer Campus.

“That’s the game I guess,” CV-S coach Terri Adams said. “Flukes happen, balls get through.”

Wamsley’s winner came with 14 minutes, 32 seconds left, a second-effort goal that followed a shot by teammate Josh Davi. The initial shot never made it to Patriots goalie Jeremy Pickett (eight saves) as several fallen players — including two CV-S defenders — blocked its path.

Wamsley then poked the ball away and kicked it high into the goal. 

“It was just one of those things in the moment,” Wamsley said. “There was a lot of obstruction. The keeper came out, and I was able to get the ball out and put it over his head.” 

Davenport coach Deb Moorby said she had told her players at halftime to do a better job of following their shots.

“He was kind of there at the right place at the right time,” she said. “I told them at halftime to follow everything. It just paid off.”

Wamsley’s goal finished a 1-2 burst by the third-seeded Wildcats (14-3), who tied the score 4:10 earlier. Libby’s equalizer came off a long throughball from Kyle Moorby as he tapped it away from a defender and scored.

A minute later, Libby tracked down another throughball and nearly scored the go-ahead goal, but a collision left him with what appeared to be a separated right shoulder.

The reigning Tri-Valley League champion Patriots (16-2) had several chances to tie the score after Wamsley’s goal, including two possessions that resulted in three straight corner kicks. Their last chance came in the closing seconds as Dan Bosma dribbled the ball upfield and took a shot that appeared to have a good chance at finding the net. But Davenport’s Matt Finne extended a foot just enough to deflect the ball away from the goal.

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