By Greg Klein Staff Writer
The Daily Star
---- — 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.
Injuries also hurt the second-seeded Patriots, who matched Davenport with 10 shots but held a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks.
CV-S lost Jake Spencer to a broken ankle during the T-V championship game at the WNSC, where it beat Edmeston, 3-2, in overtime Oct. 19. On Wednesday, the Patriots lost another offensive threat with 4:25 left in the opening half as Kurt Pressly injured his right knee and exited the field in an ambulance.
“The injuries certainly didn’t help us,” said Adams, whose team took a 1-0 lead when Ryan Jaquay’s long shot went in off the chest of Finne with 9:23 left in the first half.
“I can’t be upset about the way we played today,” continued Adams, who will lose four seniors to graduation. “I can’t be upset about our season at all. We had a great season.”
Chris Kopf made seven saves for Davenport, which accounted for both of the Patriots’ losses this season. The Wildcats also won a non-league game at home, 1-0, on Oct. 1.
On Saturday, Davenport will make its first appearance in the Section Four Class D championship game since 2005, when it fell in overtime, 3-2, to Edmeston. The Wildcats will play top-seeded Margaretville in an all-Delaware League final back at the WNSC at a time to be determined.
Delaware League champion Margaretville beat Davenport, 3-0, during a regular-season home game Sept. 10.
“It was early in the year, and I don’t think we had come together yet,” Deb Moorby said. “(We’ll) be fired up to play them again. Of course, (they) have that huge bench and we’re running short of players. Now it looks like we might have lost another one.”
Davenport 2, CV-S 1
SECTION FOUR CLASS D
Semifinal at WNSC
Davenport 0 2 - 2
CV-S 1 0 - 1
3-Davenport (14-3): Mike Libby 1-0, Cody Wamsley 1-0, Kyle Moorby 0-1, Josh Davi 0-1.
2-Cherry Valley-Springfield (16-2): Ryan Jaquay 1-0.
Shots-corner kicks: D 10-3; C 10-9.
Goalies: Chris Kopf (D) 7; Jeremy Pickett (C) 8.