In four minutes, everything on the field changed.
Cherry-Valley Springfield held a 1-0 lead on Davenport for nearly 30 minutes, but goals by Mike Libby and Cody Wamsley in rapid succession led the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over the Patriots in the Section Four Class D semifinals at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta on Wednesday.
“That’s the game I guess,” CV-S coach Terri Adams said. “Flukes happen, balls get through.”
Wamsley’s game winner with 14:32 left in the second half came on a second effort after the Patriots stopped a shot by Josh Davi. However the ball never got to CV-S goalie Jeremy Pickett, who was blocked from it by several fallen players, including two of his own defenders. Wamsley was then able to poke the ball away and kick it high into the goal.
“It was just one of those things in the moment,” Wamsley said. “There was a lot of obstruction. The keeper came out, and I was able to get the ball out and put it over his head.”
Davenport coach Deb Moorby said that she had told her players at halftime to do a better job of following their shots.
“He was kind of there at the right place at the right time,” she said. “I told them at halftime to follow everything. It just paid off.”
Four minutes and ten seconds earlier, Libby tied the game when he collected a long throughball from Kyle Moorby, tapped it away from a defender and then put it in the goal.
A minute after his goal, Libby made a long run on another throughball, but instead of getting the game winner, he ended up in a collision that left him injured with what appeared to be a separated right shoulder.
“That’s kind of the story of our season,” Wamsley said. “We all just wrote ‘Mike’ on our shoes because of what he has meant to us.”
CV-S had several chances to tie the game again late, including two possessions where it got three straight corner kicks. Then in the closing seconds, Dan Bosma dribbled a ball upfield and made a shot that looked like it had a chance to go in, but Matt Finne was able to extend a foot to deflect it away from the goal.
Injuries hurt CV-S too. After losing Jake Spencer to a broken ankle on Oct. 19 during the Tri-Valley championship, the Patriots lost another offensive player in the first half when Kurt Pressly when down with an injury to his right knee with 4:25 left in the first half. Pressly was taken away from the field in an ambulance and appeared to have torn something in his knee.
“The injuries certainly didn’t help us,” Adams said.
CV-S got its goal with 9:23 left in the first half as Ryan Jaquay kicked a long ball from outside the penalty box. The ball bounced off the chest of Finne and into the goal.
CV-S which ended its season at 16-2, suffered both of its losses to the Wildcats. Davenport won a home game against the Patriots, 1-0, on Oct. 1.
“I can’t be upset about the way we played today,” said Adams, who will lose only four seniors this year. “I can’t be upset about our season at all. We had a great season.”
Davenport (14-3) advances to the Section Four Class D finals for the first time since losing the 2005 final to Edmeston in overtime, 3-2.
The Wildcats will play No. 1 seed Margaretville, who beat them 3-0 on Sept. 10 in Margaretville.
“It was early in the year, and I don’t think we had come together yet,” Moorby said. “(We’ll) be fired up to play them again. Of course, (they) have that huge bench and we’re running short of players. Now it looks like we might have lost another one.”
Davenport 2, CV-S 1
Section Four Class D
Davenport 0 2 - 2
CV-S 1 0 - 1
3-Davenport: Mike Libby 1-0, Cody Wamsley 1-0, Kyle Moorby 0-1, Josh Davi 0-1.
1-Cherry Valley-Springfield: Ryan Jaquay 1-0.
Shots-corner kicks: D 10-3; C10-9.
Goalies: Chris Kopf (D) 7; Jeremy Pickett 8.