ONEONTA — Ari Bosc’s goal with less than three minutes left in the second period of overtime pushed second-seeded Cherry Valley-Springfield past No. 6 Edmeston, 1-0, in a Section IV Class D girls soccer semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Wright National Soccer Campus.
“Our energy has really picked up a lot. Everybody is really in it now,” CV-S junior Mia Horvath said. “We all want to win it and go our farthest, and that has made all the difference.”
After more than 90 minutes without a goal, it was Edmeston threatening late in the second period of overtime as Maria Williams was through on the Patriots’ goal. But CV-S defender Allison Lennebacker recovered to block Williams’ path and spring a counterattack.
Seconds later the Patriots’ Jaelyn Jaquay sent a long pass from the left side behind the right side of the Edmeston defense, where Bosc picked it up and carried it into the penalty box before hammering a right-footed shot past Panthers goalkeeper Madison Reinert.
“We had talked about making sure we get through and make opportunities for ourselves up top,” CV-S coach Denis DeRider said. “We also knew we wanted to finish in overtime and not go to sudden death or a shootout.”
The goal came after CV-S took charge of the ball and field position for most of the second half. The Patriots used the wind at their back for longer clearances, and began to find their passing rhythm.
The best opportunity in regulation came with two minutes left as Zoe Climenhaga won a free kick about 30 yards from goal. Horvath’s shot smacked the center of the crossbar and went straight up before falling into the arms of Reinert.
“They didn’t set up a wall, which usually happens, so I had the whole goal to aim at. I was looking more for a corner, and it almost snuck in behind her (Reinert),” Horvath said.
A trio of opportunities in a two-minute span beginning with 20 minutes left nearly saw CV-S open the scoring as Morgan Huff, Climenhaga and Bosc all saw good opportunities narrowly miss in the space of 120 seconds.
“We really had to adjust our marking in the midfield, there were a lot of people left open in the first half. We had to communicate more, and that made a big difference,” Horvath said.
It was a necessary adjustment as Edmeston owned much of the first half thanks to committed tackling and a high defensive work rate. Defenders Logan Lund and Lexi Williams cut short the CV-S attacks and allowed the Edmeston midfield, led by senior Madison Bolton, to produce opportunities. Bolton and forward Maria Williams each had good looks sail high late in the first half.
“The biggest thing with our girls is they bring their heart every time they come to play, and it shows on the field,” Edmeston coach Juli Glassman said. “Whether the other team is more skilled or not, we come to play every single game and that’s how we made it this far.”
The close game reflected a regular-season 1-1 tie between the teams Sept. 24, which DeRider said his team controlled but could not produce scoring opportunities. The Patriots won a Tri-Valley League semifinal between the teams, 2-0, Oct. 15.
“When you play three times, its tough because they’re adjusting to you and you’re adjusting to them, so it might not always work out,” Horvath said. “So the adjustments you make during the game are really important, and I think what we did today really brought home the win.”
Edmeston has made a habit of troubling higher-seeded teams, and CV-S in particular. As the fourth seed, the Panthers defeated the Patriots in the TVL final in 2018 before giving CV-S its first blemish after 10 straight wins before the Sept. 24 meeting.
“Our girls definitely thrive on being called the underdog, and they just go with that,” Glassman said. “So they just bring it every game, whether we’re favored to win or not.”
The Panthers also upset third-seeded Margaretville in the quarterfinals. They finished the season at 11-4-3.
CV-S (16-1-1) will play fifth seed Marathon in the final at a time yet to be announced Saturday, Nov. 2, at Wright.
“We’re real confident. We are ready to go,” DeRider said. “We’ve been on a roll a little bit and had a really great season, so we are definitely confident and ready to go.”
Cherry Valley-Springfield 1, Edmeston 0
6-Edmeston ..... 0 0 0 1 – 1
2-Cherry Valley-Springfield ..... 0 0 0 0 – 0
Cherry Valley-Springfield (16-1-1): Ari Bosc 1-0, Jaelyn Jaquay 0-1.
Edmeston (11-4-3): None.