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October 30, 2013

Milford, CV-S to meet in section finals

By Greg Klein
Cooperstown Crier

---- — ONEONTA – Two schools 20 miles apart, Cherry Valley-Springfield and Milford, will play round three in girls soccer on Saturday as both teams won their Section Four Class D semifinals on Tuesday at the Wright National Soccer Campus. 

The teams are filled with girls who are friends with their rivals – often they play together on travel teams – but they frequently mention each other as "the biggest rival." Now the rivalry has gotten bigger as one team will be crowned the section champion and move on to the state tournament. 

“They’re just a really good team,” Milford's Emilie Mertz said of the Patriots. “We both want the same thing, and we are both going to have to go out there and work for it.”

The section final will be on Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus. The game time is still to be determined. 

Milford 2, Morris 1

By now, everyone in Section Four Class D girls soccer knows that Mertz is back.

Mertz, Milford’s junior forward who missed all of the 2012 season with a torn ACL, proved that she is at full strength two minutes into the second half.

She beat two Morris defenders inside the penalty box and scored on a shot to the left post that turned out to be the winner in the Wildcats’ 2-1 win over the Mustangs.

“I got the ball from Addy (Lawson) and basically it was a 50-50 chance,” said Mertz, whose goal gave Milford a 2-0 lead. “I got possession and I just took my chance with it.”

Added Milford coach Chris Saggese, “(Mertz) has been building confidence every game since she has been back and she has been getting better every game.”

Milford took a 1-0 lead 12 minutes into the first half. Fiona Brennan played a throughball to Lawson on the left side of the box. Lawson’s shot hit the right post and bounced in.

“In the first half, we just weren’t tight,” Morris coach Rhoda Flint said. “I told them at halftime, Milford is just too good a team to give up the ball to.

“In the second half, we played tighter,” continued Flint, whose team was outshot, 10-4. “We had our runs. We didn’t have as many shots as I would like to have had, but we definitely had some runs at them.”

After Mertz’s goal, Morris scored three minutes later. Haley Wist scored on a shot from the right side of the box that hit the left post and caromed into the goal.

“It was definitely a momentum shift in Morris’ favor,” Saggese said. “They came to play and they kept pressuring us.”

For Morris (13-4-2), it was the third one-goal loss to Milford this season after a 1-0 loss in the Tri-Valley championship on Oct. 19 and 1-0 loss at home on Sept. 20.

“As a coach, you try to find a weak spot, but it is hard to do with them,” Flint said.

The Mustangs had two concussion scares in the game. They lost defender Jenn Colburn in the first half after she took a hard fall. Then, as the game ended, Alexis Forgit and a Milford player had a head-to-head collision. Forgit was taken off the field in an ambulance.

CV-S 2, SK 0

They may be the worst two words in soccer: own goal.

South Kortright was the victim 1 minute, 30 seconds into the second half as the Rams fell to Cherry Valley-Springfield, 2-0.

“That first goal was unfortunate,” SK coach Josh Burroughs said. “Coming off one of our own players and pretty quick into the half. I think that took the momentum away from us and gave it to them.”

Jordan Loucks played a cross from the right side toward Lauren Loucks, but the ball hit an SK defender and went into the goal.

With 14:15 left, Jordan Loucks’ pass made it to Lauren Loucks successfully at the top of the box. This time, Lauren finished for herself, getting a goal in the lower left corner.

“We started pretty slow,” CV-S coach Amy Garretson said. “I told them at halftime they needed to get their feet going. When we scored in the first two minutes of the second half, that definitely gave us the momentum.”

The Rams had a couple of good chances in the final 20 minutes, including a shot by Tori Rockefeller that appeared to get by Patriot goalie Kylie Graham. Rockefeller shot from the right side of the box to the left of Graham, but CV-S defender Kaylie Yerdon stepped in and cleared the ball.

“She’s an up-and-coming player definitely,” Garretson said of Yerdon. “And the awesome thing for us is she’s just a freshman.”

CV-S played without senior stopper Zane Ashford who broke her right collarbone in Friday’s win over Davenport and is out for the season.

“Hannah Lamouret came in and did an awesome job filling in for Zane,” Garretson said, pausing as tears filled her eyes. “Zane has meant so much to us. I know it was hard for her to stand on the sidelines and watch. It was emotional for me to see her not playing.”

Saturday, No. 2 seed CV-S (14-2-1) will try for the third time to beat Milford.  The Wildcats won the two previous meetings this season, winning, 4-2, in Cherry Valley on Sept. 13 and 1-0 in Milford on Oct. 14. 

But Garretson said she isn’t ready to think about a third game between the two Tri-Valley East rivals.

“We’re not even thinking about that now,” she said. “We’re going to enjoy this win. When we get to practice ... we’ll start thinking about Milford. 

“I don't think anyone expected us to be here, except for us. It has been a long time for us,” she said. “I think the last time we went that far you would have to go back to the 1990 team coached by (current Cooperstown boys soccer coach) Frank Miosek. It is a brand new thing for this team.”

South Kortright, which tied Davenport for the Delaware League title, finishes with a record of 14-3-1.

CV-S 2, South Kortright 0

SECTION FOUR CLASS D

Semifinal at Wright National

SK0 0 - 0

CV-S0 2 - 2

3-South Kortright (14-3-1): None.

2-Cherry Valley-Springfield (14-2-1): Jordan Loucks 1-1; Lauren Loucks 1-0.

Shots-corner kicks: S 6-8; C 10-2.

Goalies: Amber Pinter (S) 7; Kylie Graham (C) 6.

Milford 2, Morris 1

SECTION FOUR CLASS D

Semifinal at Wright National

Morris   0 1 – 1

Milford  1 1 – 2

4-Morris (13-4-2): Haley Wist 1-0.

1-Milford (17-1): Addy Lawson 1-0, Emilie Mertz 1-0, Fiona Brennan 0-1.

Shots-corner kicks: Mor 4-4; Mil 10-3.

Goalies: Kaylyn Oliver (Mor) 5; Rukiye Henderson (Mil) 1.