Greene 1, Unadilla Valley 0
GREENE – The final message Greene coach Brandy Stone delivered after the Midstate Athletic Conference championship game was that the Trojans were back, and will be back for several more years.
One year removed from a four-win season, Greene captured the first MAC girls’ soccer title edging Unadilla Valley.
It was a rematch of an early-season game won by the Storm, 1-0, and this one appeared headed toward overtime. “I thought we were going to overtime and then sudden victory,” Stone said. “It was a very even match.”
Unadilla Valley had a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal, but it was the Trojans who had the higher quality attempts on goal. UV keeper Jordan Anderson made a one-handed deflection of a shot by Paige Wilcox from point-blank range in the first half, and Anderson came up big again with 14 minutes left in the game diving to her left to save another shot from Wilcox.
For Wilcox, the scoring leader for Greene this season, the third time would be the charm, and her tally came in the game’s waning moments. Junior Melanie McBride pushed the ball up the middle of the field, and sent a perfect through pass to Wilcox. Wilcox got behind the UV defense, and fired a hard shot into the left corner.
“That last goal was just a hustle play,” Stone said. “Everybody hustled the whole game and never gave up. I am very proud of our girls, and UV played really hard.”
Unadilla Valley was strong in the midfield and had many fine set-ups that were not finished. Of the 10 shots, few were threatening for Greene keeper Shannon Gregory, who made six saves in the shutout.