Milford almost tied the game two minutes later, but Eli Rutledge’s line drive long ball hit the cross bar and bounced safely away.
With just more than 15 minutes left in the game, CV-S struck again. Crowley hit a long ball that Fish knocked into the cross bar. It bounced back onto the field to Noah Russo who beat Fish for a 2-0 lead.
Milford scored with 9:26 left in the game on a penalty kick from Griffiths. The referee called a takedown from behind on Elijah Lyons and gave him a yellow card for a play inside the box.
Griffiths shot on the ground to the left. CV-S goalie Jon French guessed correctly, and dove at the ball, but couldn’t make the play.
“There were too many bodies in the way for me to see,” Adams said of the call, “but with the muddy field, I think maybe he just lost his footing.”
Griffith’s goal was only the second French and the Patriots have given up all season. The first came in the season-opener against Unadilla Valley. In between, CV-S has posted eight shutouts.
“They’re a very talented team,” Spurchise said. “I thought we played them even the first half. We made it exciting late with that goal.”
The Wildcats’ attempts at a tying goal fell flat, however, and CV-S was able to keep the ball out of its zone and deflect the pressure.
The two teams will have a rematch Tuesday at CV-S. Milford (6-3-1,6-2-1) hosts Bainbridge-Guilford on Friday; CV-S (10-0, 8-0) is at Richfield Springs on Friday.
Cherry Valley-Springfield 2, Milford 1
CV-S 0 2 _ 2
Milford 0 1 _ 1
CV-S (10-0, 8-0): Kyle Jaquay 1-0, Noah Russo 1-0, Wyatt Crowley 0-2.
Milford (6-3-1, 6-2-1): Peyton Griffiths 1-0.
Shots-corner kicks: C 11-7; M 6-5.
Goalies: Jon French (C) 4; Parker Fish (M) 7, Max Lang (M) 0.