Milford beat CV-S (12-2-1, 10-2-1) for the second time this season, but unlike the first win Sept. 13 at Cherry Valley, where the Wildcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead and won, 4-2, the Patriots stayed in it all night.
“Cherry Valley has a lot of seniors,” coach Saggese said. “They had a lot to play for tonight and it showed. I give their team a lot of credit. They had a lot of heart out there and it showed in the way they played.
“You know the other game was 4-2, but we had two goals go in on corner kicks where the wind took the ball into the goal,” he continued. “Without those two plays, it was a 2-2 game. And today it was a close game too.”
In the second half, CV-S was the aggressor, coming close on shot after shot.
Three Patriots shots sailed over the goal, one by Lauren Loucks and two by Chelsea Zembower. Another shot by Zane Ashford, following a corner kick by Jordan Loucks, hit the cross bar and bounced over the goal.
“That’s the way the game goes,” CV-S coach Amy Garretson said. “We didn’t get the bounces.”
Still, Garretson smiled. She said she couldn’t have asked for more from her squad.
“I feel like that was kind of the Tri-Valley championship tonight,” she said, “with the two best teams in the league out there on the field. We had our shots. Sometimes you need a little bit of luck. But we have nothing to be ashamed of. We’ve had a great season and we are going to continue to have a great season in the section playoffs.”
Meanwhile, Milford and Morris will renew their rivalry Saturday. The Wildcats beat the Mustangs in the 2010 final en route to a Section Four Class D title. The teams tied in the 2011 and 2012 crossover finals.