Unbeaten CV-S boys clinch 9th straight East Division title

Milford’s Jacob Tabor heads the ball away from Jake Spencer during Saturday night’s Tri-Valley League game at Cherry Valley-Springfield. The Patriots won, 2-0, to clinch their ninth straight T-V East Division title.


Cherry Valley-Springfield clinched its ninth straight Tri-Valley League East Division title Saturday night with a 2-0 boys soccer victory over visiting Milford.

Jake Fassett and Ben Drugatz scored in the first half for the Patriots, who haven’t allow a goal this season.

“They’re a solid group of boys,” CV-S coach Terri Adams said of her 14-0 squad. “They play well together and support each other. They just balance one another out. We have a lot of contributions offensively and defensively.”

Fassett scored with 17 minutes, 3 seconds left in the first half. Fassett tracked down a loose ball at the top of the 18-yard box.

“He had his back to the goal,” Adams said of Fassett. “He settled it, turned and whacked it.”

Less than four minutes later, Drugatz made it 2-0. Kurt Pressly changed fields with a pass to Noah Russo, who sent a pass to the front of the goal that Drugatz ran onto and one-timed into the goal.

Both teams took six shots. CV-S had two corner kicks to Milford’s one.

Jeremy Pickett made four saves, two more than counterpart Max Lang.

“It was a very good game. It was well played by both teams,” said Adams, whose team beat Milford, 3-0, earlier in the season.

CV-S, 12-0 in division, will cap its regular season Tuesday at Worcester. The Patriots will then play the Tri-Valley League crossover final Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus against the West Division champion – Edmeston or Morris.

The Patriots beat Edmeston, 3-2, in overtime in last year’s final.

Unatego 7, Afton-Harpursville 0

Zach Carey scored twice, and Cody Manzanero had a goal and an assist to lead visiting Unatego to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.

Noah Blake, Josh Blake, Liam Alvin and Connor Kiss also scored for the Spartans.

Nate Austin made 13 saves for Afton-Harpursville (0-14).


Hannah Saggese scored three minutes into the first overtime to lead the unbeaten Wildcats to a road victory in the Tri-Valley League.

Saggese received a throughball from Addy Lawson before scoring to the near post from 6 yards.

Cherry Valley-Springfield nearly had the equalizer in the second overtime, but Maddie Archer’s direct kick from 18 yards hit the crossbar.

CV-S goalie Jordan Zaccagnino made six saves.

‘‘They’re usually successful at the corner,’’ CV-S coach Amy Garretson said of Milford, which had eight corner kicks. ‘‘Jordan took that threat away.’’

Milford (15-0, 13-0) will face Franklin in the Tri-Valley League crossover final Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus. The Wildcats have earned at least a share of the last four Tri-Valley League titles, including an outright championship a year ago, when they beat Morris, 1-0, in the final.

The Patriots (7-4-3), who are off until sectionoals, honored Archer, Jane Auld and Olivia Preston on Senior Night.

Seton CC 7, Unatego 0

Genna, Kaelyn and Marissa Michitte combined for six goals and two assists as Southern Tier Athletic Conference stalwart Seton Catholic Central earned a non-league win at home.

Unatego (13-1) trailed by a goal at halftime was down, 3-0, with about six minutes left before the Saints poured it on late.

“I thought we had an extremely good first half,” Unatego coach Sue Herodes said. “They took eight shots in the first half and most of them were outside the box. We didn’t let them penetrate in the first half.”

Genna Michitti gave the Saints (12-0) a 1-0 lead with 6:39 left in the first half. Unatego goalie Megan Faulkner got a piece of the shot but not enough to keep it out.

Five minutes into the second half, Kaelyn Michitti made it 2-0. She hit a header just over Faulkner that bounced once before going into the goal.

Mary Rommer and Cassidy Newman took the lone shots for the Spartans, both coming in the first half.

“We didn’t really have an offensive opportunities,” Herodessaid. “We were focusing on defense.”

Unatego will travel to Sidney on Tuesday and then host Unadilla Valley on Friday in the Midstate Athletic Conference title game.

“I was glad we had the opportunity to play them,” Herodes said of a Seton squad that beat defending Class B state champion Oneonta High, 3-2, earlier this season. “It showed me things we can do differently and handle differently as we head into the end of the season.”

Laurens 2, Stamford 1

Alexa Evans scored the winning goal with 3:26 left in the first overtime to lead host Laurens to a non-league victory.

Stamford forced overtime on Gabbi Caiazza’s goal with 3:21 left in regulation.

Laurens took a 1-0 lead 12 minutes into the second half on a corner kick by Kayla Johnson.

‘‘We were first to the ball in the second half,’’ said Laurens coach Scott Bolton, whose team took nine of its 12 shots after halftime.

Laurens (6-7-2, 4-7-2) will find out later this week if it will qualify for sectionals.

CROSS COUNTRYBill Coughlin Invitational

Cooperstown junior Kristin Ratliff won the Bill Coughlin Invitational on Saturday , completing the 3.1-mile course at Rome Free Academy in 18 minutes, 54 seconds.

Ratliff passed runner-up Justyna Wilkinson of Whitesboro with about 150 meters left. Wilkinson finished in 18:56.

‘‘She was stronger, no question about it,’’ Cooperstown coach Jessie Ravage said of Ratliff.

Samantha Fanion placed sixth in 19:32 in helping Cooperstown to a third-place finish in the girls meet. Cooperstown had 129 points. RFA won with 43 points and South Lewis had 83.

Oneonta High’s girls finished sixth with 196 points. The Yellowjackets were led by Athena Basdekis, who placed 17th in 21:16. Eliana Fox contributed a 27th-place showing. She crossed in 21:57.

The Yellowjackets’ boys finished fifth with 121 points. Carthage won with 81, seven better than runner-up Whitesboro.

Sam Baskin and Logan Mancuso finished 4 seconds apart for OHS. Baskin placed ninth in 17:01. Mancuso was 11th in 17:05. Jacob DePauw crossed in 17:26 to place 18th.

Cooperstown’s boys finished 15th with 425 points.

Scott Curtis led the way for Cooperstown, placing 65th in 19:12.

Coopestown will compete in the Center State Conference Championships on Saturday at Remsen.

Manhattan Invitational

Delhi’s Declan Kottmeier placed 30th in the Manhattan Invitational at the Van Cortlandt Park.

Kottmeier finished the 4,000-meter course in 13:50 in helping the Bulldogs to a 15th-place team finish. Alex Legg finished 38th for Delhi. He crossed in 14:01.

East Meadow’s Michael Grady won in 12:46.

Delhi will compete in the Marathon Invitational on Saturday.

Burnt Hills Invitational

Justice Mitchell’s 28th-place finish helped Edmeston’s boys to a 10th-place finish in the Burnt Hills Invitational.

Mitchell finished the 3.1-mile course in 17:46. Teammate Logan Murray crossed in 17:59 to finish 37th.

Duanesburg’s Pat Murphy won in 15:31.

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