Photo by Dylan TuckerDelhi-s Avery Meehan slides for a shot on goal after beating Odessa-Montour-s John Blaha in Friday-s Section Four Class C quarterfinal.

The second of Chris Spear's two goals came with 11 minutes remaining and lifted seventh-seeded Chenango Forks to a 2-1 victory at No. 2 Oneonta High in a Section Four Class B boys soccer quarterfinal Friday.

"It's not your day sometimes and today was not our day," said OHS coach Alex Brannan, whose team defeated the Blue Devils, 1-0, on Sept. 18.

Spear's go-ahead goal came on a breakaway.

"He got behind the defense, took the shot and it went in," said Brannan, whose team finishes the season at 9-7-1. "(Senior goalie) Chris (Hayen) had to come out and cover low angles and it went just under the crossbar."

Brannan said a left-knee injury to Ryan Graig with about 18 minutes left hurt the Yellowjackets' chances.

"We tried to rearrange the lineup, but we've never played without him," Brannan said. "It was hard for the kids."

Brannan also said a 10-day layoff between games affected OHS, as Spear scored 4:40 into play.

"It's hard to sit around that long," he said. "We're so used to playing in the first round and getting an early game. We didn't this time and had sit around and wait. We really came out flat. We seemed to get it back again, but then the injury to Ryan really deflated us."

Jacob Joseph's 10th goal of the season tied the score at 1 for OHS at the 23:31 mark of the first half. Jacob controlled the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and beat one defender on the right side before scoring inside the left post.

Hayen finished with four saves, one fewer than counterpart Casey Redfern.

Both teams finished with eight shots.

The Blue Devils (8-7-1) will play Chenango Valley in a Class B semifinal Tuesday.

Chenango Forks 2, Oneonta 1


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7-Chenango Forks (8-7-1): Chris Spear 2-0, Patrick Creagh 0-1, Tyler Gill 0-1.

2-Oneonta (9-7-1): Jacob Joseph 1-0.

Shots-corner kicks: CF 8-8; O 8-7.

Goalies: Casey Redfern (C) 5; Chris Hayen (O) 4.


Three Section Four quarterfinals were decided by one goal and one in a shootout, with two teams from the Tri-Valley League and two from the Delaware League advancing to semifinals on Tuesday.

Fifth-seeded Laurens will play top-seeded South Kortright in one semifinal and 11th-seeded Morris will face second-seeded Margaretville in the other. The games will be played 3 p.m. Tuesday at the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Laurens 1, G-MU 1

Leopards senior Aaron Laing stopped Tyler Peck's shot to begin the eighth round before Steve Engler scored cleanly to the right side to give visiting Laurens a 6-5 victory in the penalty-kick shootout.

The game counts as a tie, but Laurens advances to the semifinals.

"I talked to Aaron at the end of overtime, going into pks and he said, "I love this,'" Laurens coach Dave Miller said of Laing, who made eight saves during regulation and four overtimes and stopped two shots in the shootout. "He played with as much confidence as anybody could put forth. He does enjoy it and he's confident enough to be in those situations."

Fourth-seeded Gilbertsville-Mount Upton (12-6) scored 32 seconds into play, when Joe Acanfora centered a pass from the right wing that Alex Schmidt headed into the goal from the left side of the box.

Matt Campbell tied the score early in the second half on a direct kick from the top of the 18-yard box. Campbell hit a hard, low shot just inside the right post.

Miller said the Raiders had the better chances throughout and G-MU held a 16-10 advantage in shots.

"They had multiple chances on corners and direct kicks on the outside," said Miller, whose team lost to SK, 1-0, on Sept. 13. "Aaron had to make some key saves and the wind was a little bit of a factor. They definitely had the better and more dangerous opportunities. I tip my cap to my defenders. Aaron is not perfect, but Nick (Short), Ryan Carr and Jordan Davis just cleaned things up in the back."

G-MU led, 3-2, after three rounds of the shootout, with Laing the lone player to miss.

But Schmidt missed the goal to start the fourth round and Matt Struckle tied it at 3 for Laurens. In the fifth round, Laing stopped a shot by Demario Reed and G-MU's Andrew Delmar made a save against Campbell.

In the sudden-victory round, Pat Bullock and Short were successful on their shots for Laurens, and Nate Sloan and Jon Scofield each scored for the Raiders, setting the decisive eighth round.

"It's never been my favorite way to end soccer games," Miller said. "All any coach can do is put the best players out there at the time and just play the odds, and hope the keeper makes a save or two.

"It you miss it, that's tough to swallow," he continued. "It's pretty nerve-racking. I feel for the kids."

Laurens 1, G-MU 1


Laurens advances in penalty kick shootout, 6-5

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5-Laurens (9-3-4): Matt Campbell 1-0.

4-Gilbertsville-Mount Upton (12-6): Alex Schmidt 1-0, Joe Acanfora 0-1.

Shots-corner kicks: L 10-3; G 16-6.

Goalies: Aaron Laing (L) 8; Andrew Delmar (G) 4.

Shootout: G-MU: No. 20 goal, Tyler Wildfeir goal, Cody Hall, goal, Alex Schmidt missed goal, Demario Reed saved by Laing, Nate Sloan goal, Jon Scofield goal, Tyler Peck saved by Laing. Laurens: Justin West goal, Ryan Carr goal, Aarong Laing saved by Delmar, Matt Struckle goal, Matt Campbell saved by Delmar, Pat Bullock goal, Nick Short goal, Steve Engler goal.

Morris 1, CV-S 0

Eric Smith scored on a free kick with 11:11 left in the first half to give 11th-seeded Morris the victory over defending Section Four Class D champion Cherry Valley-Springfield.

Smith scored from 25 yards out on the left side after Justin Utter was tackled outside the box.

"We got the ball reset pretty quickly before they could establish their wall," Morris coach David Sander of Smith's fifth goal of the season.

Smith's curling kick went over Patriots goalie Ben VanAlstine and just inside the right post.

The Mustangs (10-7-3), unbeaten in their last nine games, went 3-13-2 last season.

"The main thing is we have an unbelievable group of kids," said second-year coach Sander, whose team went 2-1 against CV-S this season. "We wanted to be known as the group that turned Morris soccer around. We just had to get them to believe and forget about what's happened in the past. We had to get over that Morris stinks at soccer mentality.

"I had kids say in the past they were just here to get in shape for basketball," he continued. "It wasn't that way this year. The kids are believing in themselves."

Joey Utter made 11 saves for the Mustangs, several of the difficult variety as co-Tri-Valley League champion CV-S held a 15-10 advantage in shots.

CV-S (13-4-1), which played Laurens to a 0-0 tie in last Saturday's Tri-Valley League title game, received eight saves from VanAlstine.

The Mustangs will play second-seeded Margaretville in a Class D semifinal at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Soccer Hall.

"They look strong," Sander of the Blue Devils, a team he scouted last Saturday during South Kortright's 3-2 victory in the Delaware League title game. "You can never count that team out. They were down, 2-0, in that game. We'll have to be on our game."

Morris 1, CV-S 0


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CV-S0 0 _ 0

11-Morris (10-7-3): Eric Smith 1-0.

3-Cherry Valley-Springfield (13-4-1): None.

Shots-corner kicks: M 10-1; C 15-5.

Goalies: Joey Utter (M) 11; Ben VanAlstine (C) 8.

SK 2, Edmeston 1

Freshman Cody Burns scored with about 25 minutes remaining to lead top-seeded South Kortright to a Class D quarterfinal victory at home.

Burns scored from about 12 yards out for the go-ahead goal, giving the Rams (16-2-1) a 2-1 lead.

"It was good and they battled us hard," South Kortright coach Bob VanValkenburgh said. "They are a tough team. They played well defensively. ... I'd seen them play. They have (Jared) Hamm and (Ben) Conboy and they are tough up front. They draw attention."

Hamm assisted Adam Simonds with about 22 minutes remaining in the opening half to give the eighth-seeded Panthers (9-6-3) a 1-0 lead.

"We had possession of the play," said VanValkenburgh, whose team won its fifth straight. "Even in the first half, that was basically their only opportunity. We played a good first half, but were still down, 1-0. We hung in there."

Burns assisted SK's first goal when he sent a corner kick from the right side toward the middle where his brother, Eric, headed the ball in from about 6 yards.

SK 2, Edmeston 1


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South Kortright0 2 _ 2

8-Edmeston (9-6-3): Adam Simonds 1-0, Jared Hamm 0-1.

1-SK (16-2-1): Eric Burns 1-0, Cody Burns 1-1.

Shots-corner kicks: E 4-1; S 8-13.

Goalies: J.T Beckwith (E) 4; Charlie Darling (S) 2.

Margaretville 3, Roxbury 2

Greg Lehn scored on a rebound with seven minutes left to snap a 2-all tie as second-seeded Margaretville rallied for a quarterfinal victory at home.

Roxbury goalie Garrett Hall (12 saves) stopped an initial shot, but the ball came out to Lehn, who scored from 12 yards.

Two minutes earlier, Marcus Moore headed in a long throw-in from Steve Amundsen to tie the score at 2 for the Blue Devils.

"We were fortunate to come from behind again," Margaretville coach Jeremey Marks said. "We've talked about playing hard for 80 minutes and we did that. I give Roxbury's kids credit, because they stepped up big-time."

Owen Sanford finished a cross from Ryan Skipper 15 minutes into play to give Roxbury a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later, Moore sent a crossing pass that Javier Martinez converted to make it 1-1.

Kevin Lutz scored on a header off a pass from Jamie VanDyke to give the Rockets a 2-1 lead midway through the second half.

The Blue Devils are 15-4.

Margaretville 3, Roxbury 2


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Roxbury (12-6): Owen Sanford 1-0, Kevin Lutz 1-0, Ryan Skipper 0-1, Jamie VanDyke 0-1.

Margaretville (15-4): Marcus Moore 1-1, Javier Martinez 1-0, Greg Lehn 1-0, Steve Amundsen 0-1.

Shots-corner kicks: R 15-4; M 20-11.

Goalies: Garrett Hall (R) 12; Brian Faulkner (M) 10.


Delhi 4, O-M 0

For the second straight year, Delhi has started a season 18-0.

The second-seeded Bulldogs received two goals from Avery Meehan, and one goal and three assists from Eddie Reed in their Section Four Class C quarterfinal victory over Odessa-Montour at Bainbridge-Guilford.

Reed set up the game's first goal with a crossing pass from the left side that Meehan finished on the right side of the box 19 minutes into play.

Ten minutes later, Meehan's younger brother, Nick, headed in a cross from Reed to make it 2-0.

"He had a very good game," Delhi coach Brian Rolfe said of Reed. "He was a workhorse for us today. He was all over the ball."

Avery Meehan and Reed scored in the second half for Delhi, which won its first 18 games last season before losing, 1-0, to Marathon in a sectional semifinal.

"We played pretty well," said Rolfe, whose team will play third-seeded Spencer-Van Etten (14-2) in a sectional semifinal at 3 p.m. Tuesday at a neutral site. "Not perfect, obviously, but we passed the ball well and played strong defense."

Delhi 4, O-M 0


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Odessa-Montour (11-7): None.

Delhi (18-0): Avery Meehan 2-0, Eddie Reed 1-3, Nick Meehan 1-0, Mike Morales 0-1, Ryan Taylor 0-1.

Shots-corner kicks: O 5-1; D 14-6.

Goalies: Trevor Carey (O) 8; Pat Cobane (D) 2.

Marathon 1, Walton 0

The top-seeded Olympians received a goal from Doug Whitney two minutes into the second half and held visiting Walton to two shots in their sectional quarterfinal victory.

Dylan Barber headed a cross to Whitney on the back post and he finished it.

The eighth-seeded Warriors (12-6-1) finished with a school record for victories, eclipsing the 10 they had in their initial season in 1998.

Walton coach Andy Gates said defenders Dale Morley, Dustin VanValkenburgh, Warren James and Ben Donnelly, "did a great job of staying with marks and containing a very good offensvie team."

Brian Schuppel stopped six saves for Walton, five more than Marathon's Evan Holl.

Marathon (16-0-1) will play fifth-seeded Elmira Notre Dame at 3 p.m. Tuesday at a neutral site. END defeated South Cayuga, 2-1.

Marathon 1, Walton 0


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Marathon0 1 _ 1

Walton (12-6-1): None.

Marathon (16-0-1): Doug Whitney 1-0, Dylan Barber 0-1.

Shots-corner kicks: W 2-2; M 9-11.

Goalies: Brian Schuppel (W) 6; Evan Holl (M) 1.

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