ONEONTA – Laurens and Cherry Valley Springfield battled to a 1-1 tie Saturday, Oct. 19 at Wright National Soccer Campus in the Tri-Valley League boys final.
Both goals were scored in the second half in quick succession. Laurens got on the board first with a goal from Jordan Weir. Cherry Valley-Springfield answered four minutes later on a tally from Jeb Magruder.
“I thought my boys really played well,” CV-S coach Terri Adams said. “They were a solid unit out there. They were first to the ball many times.”
“We didn’t have that many opportunities, certainly not as many as they did, but my keeper Chris Long did a great job,” Laurens coach Dave Miller said. “Everything in the box came and he just cleaned it up and kept us in the game.”
Long concluded with 17 saves and CV-S goalie Owen Johnson made 2 saves in the game.
Laurens’ lone goal came off a successful corner kick conversion as the ball found Weir’s feet in the box and he curved it into the bottom left corner to make it 1-0 at 38:29.
Cherry Valley-Springfield came right down the field with a goal of its own on Magruder’s strike following a touch pass in the box from Kyle France at 34:06.
Shot totals favored CV-S, 20-6, but Laurens held the 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Magruder totaled six shots for Cherry Valley-Springfield and Adam Peddie led Laurens with four shots.
“(CV-S) knows that Adam is our guy and every time he got the ball, there were two, three white shirts around him,” Miller said. “It was just kind of stifling.”
The last time these two teams met was August 30 and Laurens won that game, 4-1.
“The first time we played Laurens, we really weren’t there yet,” Adams said. “We’re totally a different team now. It’s always been with Dave and I, when our teams meet, it’s always been a battle. It’s good competitive soccer and kudos to them too.”
“Cherry Valley has improved immensely from the first time we saw them, first game of the year,” Miller said. “They got their organization down and Terri is a great coach and they played pretty well today.
“(They) really pretty much dictated the pace until maybe 10-15 minutes in the first half when we kind of settled down a little bit and started playing a little bit,” Miller said.
The coaches combine for nearly 60 years of experience on the sidelines for two of the area’s most successful programs.
Laurens entered the match-up having lost the previous three TVL finals, while CV-S was making its first appearance in the final since 2017 after previously appearing in 11 of 12.