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.”