ONEONTA – Cherry Valley-Springfield stunned South Kortright, 2-1, in the semifinal round of the Section IV Class D boys soccer tournament on Andrew Oram’s overtime winner Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Wright National Soccer Campus.
Less than a minute into the extra frame, Oram corralled a clear, raced past a Rams defender and lofted a shot around SK goalie Brandon Grommeck to seal the win for the fourth-seeded Patriots.
“I feel great that I helped my team and got us to win this game,” said Oram, whose goal came 38 seconds into overtime. “It was a tough game and we pulled through it.”
CV-S scored midway through the second half to go up, 1-0, but the Rams forced extra time on a goal with just 44 seconds left in regulation.
The third-seeded Patriots won the coin-flip to begin overtime and wasted no time getting down the field and scoring to clinch the upset over South Kortright, who were the No. 2 seed.
“We stayed to our game,” CV-S coach Terri Adams said. “We tried to stay in our short game, got caught up in some long balls, but once we kept it to our feet we had opportunities. South Kortright is a great program. They’ve been here a lot and we’ve come up against them quite a few times so it’s always a good competition when presented.
“My kids played with their heart on their sleeve,” Adams added.
CV-S found themselves on defense quite a bit throughout the course of the match as evidenced by the Rams’ 15 shots to the Patriots’ five. South Kortright held possession for most of the match but could not manage consistent scoring chances because of the Patriots’ aggressive defensive play.
“I thought that we stayed focused and kept track of the ball so that when they were ready to change fields we were ready for that and we also pressured the ball,” Adams said about her team’s play on defense.
Larry Kroon and Joe Pressley played well for the Patriots in the backfield as Kroon controlled multiple Rams through balls with his body and Pressley steered away oncoming SK attackers with active feet.
“Defensively we really stepped up and held it down,” Oram said. “(We) didn’t let them get many opportunities near the goal.”
In the ninth minute of the second half, Oram got to a through-ball first and was in alone on Grommeck (two saves) and after separating himself by a few strides, Oram tapped it past the diving Rams keeper, giving the Patriots the 1-0 edge.
It appeared that would be all CV-S needed until SK was awarded a free kick late in regulation from about 25 yards out. Shortly thereafter Eoin Byrne deposited a dish from Quinlan Davis among a crowd of players in the penalty box, knotting the score at 1-1.
Instead of letting the late game-tying goal sink them, the Patriots used their energy and adrenaline to set the stage for a score seemingly right off the overtime kickoff.
“My defensive backs are solid, we move the ball through the halfbacks, they’re all part of that outcome,” Adams said. “Yes, Andrew had the foot on the ball at the end but I have multiple scorers on this team and it could’ve been any one of them.”
Owen Johnson finished with 12 saves in goal for CV-S.
The loss was the first of the season for the Rams, as their season concluded at 17-1-1.
Cherry Valley-Springfield (17-2-1) moves on to the section final for a matchup against top-seeded Marathon, a 1-0 winner over Margaretville, Saturday, Nov. 2, at WNSC.
Cherry Valley-Springfield 2,
South Kortright 1
2-South Kortright.... 0 1 0 – 1
3-Cherry Valley-Springfield.... 0 1 1 – 2
South Kortright: Eoin Byrne 1-0, Quinlan Davis 0-1.
CV-S: Andrew Oram 2-0.
Shots-corners: SK 15-8; CV-S 5-1.
Goalies: Brandon Grommeck (SK) 2; Owen Johnson (CV-S) 12.