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October 24, 2013

First varsity goal nets Tri-Valley title for Milford

Eighth grader, Brennan, wins game late

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“It wasn’t anything about me,” Saggese said. “I have great girls. They work hard and they believe in each other.

“Gracie is a tremendous soccer player,” he continued. “In practice, she has that knack for finishing. In the game, (the opportunity) just happened to present itself. Emilie played a beautiful ball and Grace put the ball where it needed to go.”

Milford earned its fourth straight T-V title, but its first outright crossover crown since beating the Mustangs, 1-0, in 2010. The teams played to scoreless ties in each of the past two crossovers, and it seemed as if that trend would continue after 77 empty minutes Saturday.

Mertz had the best scoring opportunity in the first half, shooting off a pass from Keira Higgins with less than a minute left before the break. Morris goalie Kaylyn Oliver made a running catch for one of her four saves, though.

Milford also pressured early in the second half, but the momentum shifted to Morris with time winding down. The Mustangs took four corner kicks during a five-minute stretch that included their only shot on goal, but Wildcats goalie Ruykiye Henderson made a chest-high save on Alexis Forgit’s attempt from the top of the box.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for the Morris team and the Morris girls,” Chris Saggese said. “They have those three seniors — Alexis Forgit, Haley Wist and McKenna Hungerford — who are going to be playing at the next level. We knew they would give us a battle.”

Both teams will compete in the Section Four Class D Tournament this week. Morris (11-3-2) is the No. 4 seed and will host No. 13 Roxbury (7-7-1) of the Delaware League in a sectional opener at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Top-seeded Milford (15-1) has a first-round bye. The Wildcats will host a Friday quarterfinal against ninth-seeded Davenport (10-3-3) or No. 8 Windham (8-3). Davenport, which tied South Kortright in the Delaware League title game Saturday, visits Upper Delaware Division rival Windham at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the first round.

Milford 1, Morris 0

TRI-VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIP

at the Wright National Soccer Campus

Milford 0 1 - 1

Morris 0 0 - 0

Milford (15-1): Grace Brennan 1-0, Emilie Mertz 0-1.

Morris (11-3-2): None.

Shots-corner kicks: Mil 8-7; Mor 1-4.

Goalies: Ruykiye Henderson (Mil) 1; Kaylyn Oliver (Mor) 4.

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