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October 25, 2012

Soccer playoffs get heated


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.

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