Greene Captures First-ever League Championship
Published: October 15th, 2008
By: Patrick Newell

Greene captures first-ever league championship

Girls’ Soccer

Greene 4, Delhi 1

DELHI – Not knowing it was getting help elsewhere, the Trojans took charge of their own destiny, and that destiny was a first-ever league championship.

Leading second-place Sidney by half a game, Greene won its 12th straight game scoring the game’s final four goals to win on the road Tuesday.

The title comes after three runner-up finishes in the Midstate Athletic Conference.. “The girls were really excited to get to this game,” said Greene coach Randy Smith. “The first 10 to 15 minutes of this game, we were playing not to lose.”

Delhi grabbed the early advantage just nine minutes into play. The equalizing goal came from a new source on the Trojans’ side. Billie McBride scored her first varsity goal after getting a drop-back pass from April Small. Small netted the go-ahead tally with four minutes left in the half on a breakaway.

Leading scorer Megan McDermott had two unassisted goals in the second half to give her 32 on the season. “We finished the game the way we wanted,” Smith said. “The defense stepped up in the second half and did not allow a shot.”

Greene (14-3-1) led Sidney by half a game entering last night’s game. The Warriors were eliminated from playoff contention after a loss to Unadilla Valley.

Summary

(2-1 Greene)

Goals-assists: (G) Megan McDermott, 2-0, April Small, 1-1; Billie McBride, 1-0. (D) Jane Viafore, 1-0, Eva Rae Andrews, 0-1.

Shots-corners: (G) 6-1, (D) 3-4.

Saves: (G) Emily Pierce, 1, (D) Libby Buel, 2.

Unadilla Valley 2, Sidney 1

NEW BERLIN – Unadilla Valley picked up its biggest win of the season, and eliminated Sidney from MAC division title contention with a victory at home Tuesday.

Kara Collins scored the eventual game-winner off a cornerkick from Sakura Gysin at 10:28 of the second half to make it a 2-0 game.

Brittany Schunk scored for Sidney with just over 15 minutes to play, and the Warriors were denied on a penalty kick to tie the game with under eight minutes left. “Our keeper Emily Sugar did a nice job, and Leslie Barnes played a nice ball off the goal line,” said UV coach Chris Bieniek. “It was a fun game to watch.”

Gysin scored in the first half for UV getting a pass from Amanda Tumilowicz. UV finishes the regular season at 9-7-2 (7-5-2 league).

Summary

(1-0 UV at half)

Goals-assists: (UV) Sakura Gysin, 1-1; Kara Collins, 1-0, Amanda Tumilowicz, 0-1. (S) Brittany Schunk, 1-0; Steph Meno, 0-1.

Shots-corners: (UV) 8-8, (S) 10-3.

Saves: (UV) Emily Sugar, 4, (S) Stephanie Simonds, 6.

B-G 3, Oxford 2

BAINBRIDGE – Dani Conway drew a penalty kick after a handball in the 18-yard box, and netted the game-winner to halt B-G’s 13-game winless streak.

Oxford took leads of 1-0 and 2-1, getting goals from Kelli Whitehill and Amanda Brown. Brown’s tally came just over five minutes into the second half.

Lauren Porter scored her first goal of the season for B-G with 8:57 left in the game. Natasha Gould tallied the Bobcats’ opening goal, also her first goal. “We had a long losing streak, and I wasn’t sure if we remembered how to win,” said B-G coach George Williams, whose team last won in the finals of the Unadilla Valley Tournament. “This was a nice way to end the regular season.”

Summary

(1-1 at half)

Goals-assists: (O) Kelli Whitehill, 1-0, Amanda Brown, 1-0, Kim Shackelton, 0-1. (BG) Natasha Gould, 1-0, Lauren Porter, 1-0; Dani Conway, 1-0, Alyssa Falciani, 0-2.

Shots-corners: (O) 6-2, (BG) 9-1.

Saves: (O) Misty Golden, 2, (B) Caitlyn Anderson, 2.

Field Hockey

S-E 3, Canastota 0

SHERBURNE – Beginning its final week of the regular season, the Marauders made the initial push toward a .500 season with a shutout of Canastota Tuesday.

Leading by just one goal, Lindsay Hodges scored with 10 minutes left off a Sam Crandall pass, and Karli Harris caged her second goal of the game getting a feed from Jolene Mezza. “We capitalized on our good plays, but our defense struggled and gave up more shots than we should have,” said S-E coach Sheila Cooman. “It wasn’t until the last 10 minutes that everything began to click.”

S-E (6-8-2) is at Ilion Friday and visits Mohawk Saturday.

Summary

(1-0 at half)

Goals-assists: (SE) Karli Harris, 2-0, Lindsay Hodges, 1-1; Samantha Crandall, 0-1; Jolene Mezza, 0-1.

Shots-corners: (SE) 10-12, (C) 7-10.

Saves: (SE) Candace Ward, 5, (C) Jessica Dinova, 6.

Greene 2, Windsor 0

GREENE – Greene finished up its regular season just one point out of first place in STAC division play after blanking Windsor Tuesday.

Windsor keeper Kassie Kerrigan turned aside 22 shots, and kept her club in the game in the face of heavy Trojans pressure. Anna Crumb picked up an attempted defensive clear, and scored from the top of the penalty circle at 18:02 for the Trojans’ first goal. Andrea Day chipped in with an insurance goal in the final minute.

“She played a phenomenal first half and made a lot of great saves,” said Greene coach Sue Carlin of Kerrigan. “We were getting stuff off the goalie’s pads, but couldn’t get the putback we wanted.”

Greene (14-2) is idle until the Section IV playoffs later this month.

Summary

(0-0 at half)

Goals-assists: (G) Anna Crumb, 1-1; Andrea Day, 1-0.

Shots-corners: (G) 27-14, (W) 1-3.

Saves: (G) Devyn Staley, 1, (W) Kassie Kerrigan, 22.

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