Evening Sun Report
ONEONTA – Two weeks ago, Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton’s girls were one loss away from not going to the sectional playoffs. After Wednesday afternoon’s game against Cherry Valley-Springfield, the Raiders are now one win away from winning the school’s second-ever Section IV title after beating the Patriots, 1-0.
G-MU, the 10th seed in the Class D playoffs, will meet Milford in the sectional finals this weekend in Oneonta at a time to be determined. The Raiders (10-6-3) controlled much of the first half, and a goal by Kali Murphy late in the first half stood up, that despite CV-S’s relentless offensive pressure the final 10 minutes.
“I told them we didn’t have to score, we just wanted to play defense,” said G-MU coach Kristen Bradbury, who took over the program three years ago inheriting a winless team.
Logan Eltz made eight saves for the Raiders, and was especially aggressive patrolling the 18-yard box. “She has just stepped up big time this year and done a good job,” Bradbury said of Eltz. “I could have cried just thinking about it. She made a lot of good stops.”