COOPERSTOWN – Apparently, 12-5 upsets aren’t just for NCAA basketball brackets.
No. 12 seed Frankfort-Schuyler ended fifth-seeded Cooperstown’s girls soccer season with a 4-3 advantage on penalty kicks in a Section III Class C first-round game, Tuesday, Oct. 22, following a 2-2 tie in regulation and four overtime periods.
“It’s a heartbreaker,” Cooperstown coach Jennifer Pindar said. “They worked so hard, and they played their hearts out. They never gave up today.”
Technically, the game is recorded as a tie, and the shootout goals only count to send one team to the next round of the playoffs. F-S (6-8-2) will play the 13 seed Thousand Islands, a 6-1 winner over No. 4 seed Onondaga.
The game had a late moment of controversy, with about 4:30 left to play in the second half, when a Frankfort defender slammed into Cooperstown’s Kate Donnelly in the box while Donnelly was going for the ball on offense. However, the referee appeared to be looking toward the goal rather than the play, and did not award Cooperstown a penalty kick. The game continued for about 30 seconds until the official saw Donnelly was laying on the ground hurt. After about 10 minutes, she was carried off the field, but she returned for overtime, and Pindar said she thought it was just a muscle spasm in Donnelly’s left leg.
“That’s just the game,” Pindar said. “We also had some chances, there.”
Hailey Traut had both goals for the Maroon Knights, both on long shots. The first came on a breakaway with 31:49 left in the first half, as Traut ran from the left side and put a ball to the right corner where Cooperstown goalie Meagan Schuermann could not get to it.
Cooperstown tied the game with 13:18 left in the half, when Leah Tobisch scored off of Ashley Kiuber’s corner kick.
Kiuber gave Cooperstown the lead about three minutes later on a shot from about 30 yards out. However, Traut tied the game about 30 seconds later on another long shot, this time from outside a crowded box.
Neither team scored for the next 50 minutes of regulation and four overtime periods totaling 30 minutes.
The Knights’ best chance for a game-winner came with about five minutes left in the second half, when Brooke Lawson got free on a breakaway. However, Schuermann charged out of the goal and took the ball away with her feet.
Cooperstown had several excellent chances in overtime, including two in the final five-minute period on free kicks by Kiuber that produced shots for other Hawkeyes. But one ball hit the crossbar, while another died just outside the corner of the goal, to the keeper's left, and eventually was cleared by the F-S defense.
“That was the great part of the game,” Pindar said. “Both goalies made great plays. Both defenses played well. Both offenses played well, and both teams had chances to win. They went up early and we came back. Then we got the lead and they came back. It was a good game.”
Donnelly started the shootout by putting a ball over the goal, giving F-S an advantage that held up until Schuermann made a diving save on the Knights’ final shot, taken by Hannah Banas. However, Piper Seamon put Cooperstown’s final shot over the goal as well, giving F-S the 4-3 shootout margin.
Kiuber, Tobisch and Meah Boyles made penalty kicks for Cooperstown, and Traut, Cassidy Maneen, Megan Munch and Maria Luther made PKs for F-S.
Schuermann made 11 saves for Cooperstown, which had a 21-11 advantage on shots and 6-2 on corner kicks. Mia Amendolare had 19 stops for F-S.
Cooperstown (10-2-4) beat the Knights twice during the regular season, 4-3, Sept. 21 at home in overtime, and 3-2, Oct. 3, in Frankfort. The Hawkeyes will lose eight players from this year’s team, including seven seniors and Tobisch, an exchange student from Germany. Pindar told them after the game to hold their heads up high, because she was proud of how they played, Tuesday, and also during the entire season.
“They are a great group of girls that really gelled well together, on the field and in school, too,” she said. “After the game, some of the girls said this was the best team they had ever played on, and this was the best game they had ever played together. I know this hurts, but I hope they are proud of what they accomplished this year, because they accomplished a lot.”
Frankfort-Schuyler 2, Cooperstown 2
F-S ..... 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 2
Cooperstown ..... 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 2
Section III Class C first round
F-S advances on penalty kicks (4-3)
5-Cooperstown (10-2-4): Ashley Kiuber 1-1; Leah Tobisch 1-0.
12-Frankfort-Schuyler (6-8-2): Hailey Traut 2-0.
Shots-corners: F 11-2; C 21-6.
Goalies: Mia Amendolare (F) 19; Meagan Schuermann (C) 11.