Greene captures MAC title

Boys’ Soccer

Greene 3, Unadilla Valley 1

NEW BERLIN – Greene atoned for an early-season loss to Unadilla Valley beating the Storm in what proved to be a tie-breaking contest for the Midstate Athletic Conference division title.

It was the first league title for Greene (13-3-1) in three years, while UV finished in the runner-up position for the second straight campaign. “We did a lot of preparation getting ready for this game,” said Greene first-year coach Rick Tallman. “We were aggressive to the ball, and everybody individually did a much better job marking than they did in the past. I was pretty proud of our defense shutting them down.”

The game was a scoreless tie for 31 minutes until the Trojans scored all three of their goals in a 10-minute span. Devin Shapley scored off a pass from Ben Williams, Williams tacked on goal number two with a penalty kick, and Brad Van Wert tallied off a deflection with four minutes left in the opening session.

Andy Hayes connected on a penalty kick for UV (11-4-1) with 33 seconds left. “We just didn’t play as well, move without the ball well or shoot it well in this game,” said UV coach Matt Osborne. “Greene controlled play a lot more this time, and Williams did a nice job at sweeper for them.”

Greene hosts Windsor Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., while Unadilla Valley plays host to Delhi next Friday.

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