ONEONTA – Revenge was on Cherry Valley-Springfield’s mind Saturday, Oct. 19, when it took down Schenevus, 2-1, in the Tri-Valley League girls final at Wright National Soccer Campus.
About two weeks after the Dragons downed the Patriots, 2-1, in a regular season meeting, CV-S handed Schenevus its first loss of the season this time around. The Patriots wasted no time taking the lead as Jaelyn Jaquay potted one to put CV-S out in front, 1-0, less than three minutes into the game.
“Last game we didn’t come out with as much energy and this game we really came out with the intensity and scored early and scoring early just got us pumped up,” CV-S’ Sarah Lewis said. “We were able to finish and pull out the win.”
The rest of the first half was back-and-forth as both teams traded quality chances.
The Dragons poured on the pressure in the second half but sent shots over the net or wide on the opportunities they got.
Lewis slotted the game-winning goal for the Patriots after a CV-S free kick from just inside midfield made it’s way into the back of the net.
Schenevus made it a 2-1 game on a goal from Autumn Jones with under five minutes left in regulation, but it was too little, too late for the Dragons.
“The last game we didn’t play our best game,” Patriot coach Denis DeRider said. “Our energy level was really low. Today we knew that we had a goal that we wanted to win the title and we kinda came out with a higher energy level and played with more composure and played in layers a little bit more.”
Dragons leading scorer Angie Competiello had the most scoring chances of any player on the pitch, but the Patriots did not give her much room to work.
“We knew where they were going,” DeRider said. “They have a target that they definitely like to play to, so we knew where they were going with the ball, so it kind of helped us out quite a bit.”
Jaquay’s goal set the tempo early for CV-S and it helped keep the energy up for the Patriots, even when Schenevus had stretches of time in the offensive end.
“We definitely started out strong and then we started falling back in, we didn’t play with as much intensity and then in second half we started to pick it up,” Lewis said. “We did play a lot of defense but when we were on offense we dominated.”
Lewis also said she was thrilled to score the game-deciding goal and was happy to help her team bring home the championship banner.
The victory gives CV-S its first TVL title since 2016. Schenevus made its first appearance in the final since 2000.
“It was a hard-fought win,” DeRider said. “I thought we moved the ball pretty well. I was pretty confident with our win.”