DAVENPORT — Eighth grader Lexi Sutphin scored twice to help the Milford girls soccer team win the 2021 Chic Walshe Tournament for girls soccer Saturday, Sept. 25, with a 3-0 win over South Kortright.
After a scoreless first half, the Wildcats struck quickly less than a minute into the second half as Sutphin got free in the box and buried a cross for Milford’s first goal of the game. Sutphin struck again two minutes later, taking a pass and beating South Kortright keeper Chloe Davis to the far post for a 2-0 lead.
Tournament MVP Julia Barown finished off the scoring by netting the third goal of the day.
DAVENPORT — Junior Colby Diamond scored three second half goals as Cooperstown won the Chic Walshe Tournament in boys soccer with a 3-1 win over South Kortright on Saturday, Sept. 25.
After a scoreless first half, Cooperstown Coach Frank Miosek moved Diamond from his normal position as a defensive midfielder to striker, a move that changed the tempo of the game in the second half.
“Coach Miosek and Coach (Lucas) Spencer, they told (fellow captain) Liam (Spencer) and I at halftime, one of us was going to move up front and we could decide which one of us it was. So, I said I would do it,” said Diamond, who was named tournament MVP for his efforts.
“I thought they took it to us in the first half,” Miosek said. “The second half we made some adjustments and it was much more our type of game.”
Lilyanna Barnes and Jessica Patridge scored twice each as Unatego stayed undefeated in girls soccer with an 8-1 road win over Bainbridge-Guilford in a Midstate Athletic Conference match Wednesday, Sept. 22.
Tatum Codington had three assists and a goal for the Spartans, who also got a goal and an assist from Kylie Mussaw and a goal from Bailey McCoy.
The Milford/Laurens boys soccer team jumped out to an early 2-0 first half lead over Franklin/Unatego, but couldn’t hold on, falling 4-2, in a Tri-Valley League game in Laurens on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Brock Mann sent a pass to Donta Sherwood who ran onto it and scored the game’s first goal 22 minutes into the match. With six minutes to go in the half, Mann setup teammate Justin LaPilusa to put M/L up, 2-0.
The second half wasn’t kind to M/L though as Franklin/Unatego took only eight minutes to score and cut the host’s lead to 2-1. Ten minutes later, Franklin/Unatego went on a three-goal spree in the span of two minutes. The last of the three goals came on a penalty kick where Matt Serrao beat M/L keeper Chase Long with a low shot to the left corner.
Serrao would finish the day with two goals, while Chase Birdsall and Braeden Johnson had the other goals for Franklin/Unatego and Jacob Kingsbury had two assists.
HAMILTON — Luca Gardner-Olesen got his second hat trick in four days as Cooperstown broke open a close game with a flurry of second-half goals to win a Center State Conference Division III game, 4-1, against the host Knights.
Despite Cooperstown outshooting Hamilton, 36-4, and holding a 12-4 advantage on corner kicks, the game was tied with 20 minutes to go and the Knights had their best run of the game in the 10 minutes after Will Penoyer scored with 32:34 left to tie the score, 1-1. His shot hit the far post and bounced in, giving his teammates a lift that carried over to the middle part of the half.
“I know that goal was frustrating to us,” Cooperstown Coach Frank Miosek said, “because we started the half with six shots on goal that didn’t go in, and then they get one shot and it goes in off the post. There was nothing you can do about that.”
However, Miosek praised the stamina of his team, in particular the midfielders and defenders, whom he credited with wearing down Hamilton’s players.
“I thought our endurance was great tonight,” he said.
Aidan Spencer broke the tie game with 18:24 left by taking the ball into the box and then putting a move on Hamilton goalie John Hughes for the score.
Two minutes later, Gardner-Olesen scored his second goal of the game, on a cross from Ben Agostino. Agostino, a junior striker, set up the goal by hustling for a ball in the corner and then again near the goal line, before making a great cross for his first varsity assist.
Gardner-Olesen completed the hat trick with 3:38 left in the game on a pass from Liam Spencer.
Cooperstown goalie Finn Holohan had two saves, while Hughes had 16 for Hamilton.
“He had a great game for them,” Miosek said. “A lot of those saves looked like they were going to be goals.”
Cooperstown (7-0, 4-0) will host Frankfort-Schuyler at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23.
DAVENPORT — Milford’s girls and Cooperstown’s boys each dominated host Charlotte Valley in opening round games of the Chic Walshe Tournament on Saturday, Sept 18.
Both teams will play South Kortright in the tournament finals Saturday, Sept. 25. The Rams advanced over Worcester in both games, but the Wolverines made it tough on SK. The SK girls won in overtime, 3-1, while the boys teams tied, 1-1, with the Rams advancing on penalty kicks, 4-3.
The Cooperstown boys advanced with a 6-1 win over the host Wildcats and then the Milford girls beat CV, 5-0.
The girls final is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the boys final for 4 p.m.
The Yellowjackets had a good day in Southern Tier Athletic Conference play Thursday, Sept. 16, beating Chenango Valley in four sets in volleyball and blanking Windsor in boys soccer, 4-0.
In Binghamton, Oneonta lost the first set, 20-25, but then swept the next three, 25-15, 25-16, 25-23.
Emily Lobb had 18 kills, 10 digs and for aces to lead Oneonta, which also got eight kills, 17 digs and one block from Haley Utter, 17 assists from Madie Denning and seven kills and five blocks from Bella Gracias.
Saniah Reeves five aces and five kills for CV, while Cicero Bianco had nine digs and Priscilla Soule had nine assists.
In Oneonta, Finley Oliver scored twice and Zeshaan Khan scored the other goal as Oneonta beat visiting Windsor, 3-0, at Wright National Soccer Campus.
Matthew Rubin and Evan Gould each had assists for the Jackets.
Whoever sets up the Midstate Athletic Conference girls soccer schedule each year seems to have a good sense of humor. They always love an early season matchup between Unatego and Delhi.
The two talented teams met up again Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Otego and the rivalry was a hot topic of conversation. “This always seems to happen to us” said Delhi goalie Sylvia Liddle. “We have to play Unatego right away before either team really is in the groove. It’s always hard and there is a lot on the line.”
Milford and the combined Milford/Laurens team swept its Tri-Valley League rival, Cherry Valley-Springfield, in soccer Tuesday, Sept. 14.
In Milford, the Milford /Laurens boys soccer team stayed undefeated win with a 2-0 victory over CV-S.
Riley Stevens got Milford/Laurens on the scoreboard heading in teammate Martin Thorsland’s throw in with 11:17 to go in the first half. Thorsland produced magic again for M/L in the second half when Donta Sherwood scored off another throw in.
M/L goalie Chase Long made five saves recording his fifth varsity straight shutout, while CV-S’s Gavin Valenta had nine saves for the Patriots.
Milford/Laurens (5-2, 3-0) visit Morris on Thursday, Sept. 16, for another TVL game.
In Cherry Valley, the Milford girls also came away victorious as they brought home a big 2-1 win on the road under the lights.
Freshman Kara Mertz got things rolling for the Wildcats as she scored on a pass from Julia Barown about four minutes into the game.
The Patriots got the equalizer when striker Ariana Bosc scored, forcing a 1-1 tie at halftime.
Milford continued to put pressure on the Patriot net in the second half and broke the tie at the 29:45 mark when Grace Cohn ran onto a pass from Kara Mertz and slipped a shot past CV-S keeper Marijke Kroon.
The Yellowjackets took down rival Norwich, twice, in Southern Tier Athletic Conference soccer games Monday, Sept. 13.
In Oneonta, the boys shutout Norwich, 4-0, as Finley Oliver scored a goal and had two assists. Matt Rubin had a goal and an assist, Nate Tessitore and Zeshaan Khan scored the other goals and Evan Gould recorded an assist.
In Norwich, Julia Joyner got credit for the game winner, after her corner kick with about nine minutes left bounced off a Purple Tornado player and went into the goal, giving Oneonta a 2-1 win.
Grace Slensinsky scored the opening goal of the game, on a pass from Veronika Madej, to give Oneonta a 1-0 lead midway through the first half.
However, Norwich evened the game quickly on a rocket from Emily Evans from outside the box that went high into the net.
Oneonta wasn’t the only school sweeping its soccer matches Monday. Worcester and Franklin/Unatego had strong days on the pitch as well.