Defending champion Cherry Valley-Springfield got its revenge in the Section Four Class D boys soccer quarterfinals, but was halted in the semifinals.
The third-seeded Patriots attempted three shots in a 2-0 shutout loss to No. 2 Marathon. The teams played on a slick field at the Wright National Soccer Campus last Thursday.
“It was messy,” CV-S coach Terri Adams said. “The fields were in bad shape. There was a lot of slipping and sliding. It was hard to change direction. It was hard to get a good foot on the ball, but it was the same for the other team, too.”
Six days after losing 1-0 to Morris in the Tri-Valley championships, CV-S won the more important match-up, beating the No. 6 seed Mustangs 2-1 in Cherry Valley. The Patriots have amassed a 51-4-2 record over the past three seasons, including a sectional title in 2011, when CV-S dropped a 1-0 decision to Section Three’s Hamilton in a state quarterfinal during a snowstorm at Morrisville State.
CV-S will graduate six seniors off of this year’s squad.
“We’re very young,” Adams said. “I would have to say a majority of my roster is sophomores.”
Marathon’s goals both came in the second half. Daniel Lincoln opened the scoring with 30 minutes, 12 seconds left. Kody Barry set for a direct kick between midfield and the 18-yard penalty box. He sent a pass to the far post that Lincoln headed into the goal.
With 20:55 left, Marathon made it 2-0. It started with a corner kick that the Patriots initially got out of harm’s way. But Zack Brandstadt tracked it down and took a long shot that skimmed off a CV-S defender’s head and into the goal.
Adams said a Patriots goal was disallowed after Brandstadt’s goal.
Noah Russo sent a throughball that Kyle Jaquay finished, but Jaquay was ruled to be offsides.