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October 25, 2012

Soccer playoffs get heated

By Greg Klein
Cooperstown Crier

---- — All three local boys soccer teams made the playoffs this year, and while the same holds true for the girls, it is the boys teams that might have the best odds of bringing home a section title.

Cooperstown (14-2) captured a No. 1 seed a year after making the section finals.

 The Redskins lost their opener and lost to Hamilton with a depleted squad. After avenging the loss to Hamilton three days later, the Redskins tied them for the Center State Conference Division III title.

Cooperstown will get a first-round bye in the Section Three Class C playoffs. On Friday, the Redskins will host the winner of the Sauquoit Valley-Bishop Grimes game, which took place Wednesday after deadline.

Defending Section Four Class D champs Cherry Valley-Springfield (16-1) will enter the playoffs with a surprising loss, its first of the season. The Patriots lost 1-0 to Morris in the Tri-Valley crossover game.

There will be a chance for revenge. No. 3 seed CV-S beat Schenevus 1-0  and No. 6 seed Morris beat Laurens 1-0, both on Tuesday.The Mustangs will visit Cherry Valley for a rematch tomorrow.

The crossover game did not count in the playoff seedings, meaning CV-S drew a three seed despite an undefeated regular season. No. 1 seed Elmira-Notre Dame and No. 2 seed Marathon, both 13-2, got the benefit of extra points for playing games up in class.

No. 9 seed Milford (9-4-2) won 2-0 at No. 8 Edmeston on Tuesday and will play  Elmira-Notre Dame tomorrow.

Elijah Coley and Peyton Griffiths had the goals for the Wildcats. 

The Section Three Class C boys semifinals are on Oct. 30 and the final is Nov. 3.

The Section Four Class D boys semifinals are also on Oct. 30 and the final is also on Nov. 3.

Girls

All three local girls soccer teams made the playoffs, and two of them enter into the sectional tournaments with momentum.

Tri-Valley East champ/Tri-Valley co-champion Milford, which tied Morris for the crossover title for the second straight year, will begin the Section Four Class D playoffs as a No. 6 seed.

The Wildcats hosted Stamford Wednesday night in a game after deadline. The winner plays at No. 3 seed Franklin on Saturday. Milford lost to the Purple Devils, 4-0, at Franklin earlier in the season; however the Wildcats also lost to Morris early in the season before tying them on Saturday.

Franklin’s three-sport star Jordan Beers and her teammates will be ready to compete, but a Milford win wouldn’t be an upset.

No. 9 seed Cooperstown (9-8), winners of nine of its last 11 games, started the Section Three Class C-2 tournament against No. 8 Waterville late Tuesday. The Redskins momentum ended in the playoffs as Waterville won, 4-0, to send Cooperstown’s girls into their basketball and volleyball seasons.

The one team not with momentum going into the playoffs is Section Four Class D No. 8 seed Cherry Valley-Springfield (10-3-2). The Patriots led the Tri-Valley East most of the year before closing with two ties against Milford and two losses to Schenevus.

CV-S hosted No. 9 seed Davenport (10-5) Wednesday after deadline. Davenport’s seed is misleading. Without leading scorer Sarah Haight, who missed five games with a concussion, the Wildcats were 1-4. With Haight, who is one of the top goal scorers in the area, in the lineup, the Wildcats were 9-1.

The CV-S/Davenport winner must play at No. 1 seed Downsville on Saturday. Downsville tied Margaretville for the Delaware League title. Defending Section Four Class D champion Morris is also on that side of the bracket.

Although CV-S has the tougher bracket, with Morris, Downsville, Margaretville and Davenport all capable of winning the tournament, Milford’s bracket isn’t much easier. Schenevus, South Kortright and Franklin are all capable of winning as well.

The one wild card in the tournament is No. 2 seed Marathon. At 9-5, the Olympians benefit from a scheduled that is weighted by games that are up in class. Of all the upsets that are possible, South Kortright or Schenevus beating the higher seeded Marathon seems most possible.

“It feels like the Class D girls are loaded this year,” Milford coach Chris Saggese said. “A lot of teams have a shot to win the title.”

The Section Four Class D girls semifinals are on Oct. 31 while the final is Nov. 3.