For Cherry Valley-Springfield, revenge was short and sweet Friday.
Less than a week after falling to Morris in the Tri-Valley League championship game, the Patriots boys soccer team knocked the Mustangs out of the Section Four Class D Boys Soccer Tournament with a 2-1 quarterfinal victory at home.
“My boys came out playing their game,” said CV-S coach Terri Adams, whose third-seeded team is the defending sectional champion. “They stayed in their short game and they stayed disciplined.”
Andrew Spencer opened the scoring less than six minutes in, converting a corner kick from Ben Drugatz as the Patriots (17-1) jumped to a 1-0 lead. Drugatz served to the near post, where Spencer bodied the ball past Morris goalie Kerry Smith (six saves).
The Patriots took a 2-0 lead with 18:26 left, when Drugatz settled a pass to the right side and scored inside the far post from the 18-yard line.
“That was a nice, solid shot,” Adams said. “He collected it and just drove it.”
Matt Morlock took advantage of a miscue by CV-S goalie Wyatt Crowley (six saves) to cut Morris’ deficit in half with 9:27 to go. Crowley left the goalmouth to cut off Morlock’s angle but slipped. Morlock, who converted a pass from TJ Doyle, scored the winning goal in Morris’ 1-0 defeat of the Patriots in the T-V final last Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.
The sixth-seeded Mustangs finished the season at 13-4-1.
CV-S advanced to a sectional semifinal at No. 2 seed Marathon of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference on Tuesday at a time and site to be determined. Marathon (14-2) roughed up No. 10 Roxbury, 6-0, on Friday. No information was reported to The Daily Star by press time.
Margaretville 4, SK 3
Kyle Short finished with two goals and one assist to lead fourth-seeded host Margaretville (15-0-3) to a Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory.
Short’s second goal came off an assist from Victor Mendoza with two minutes left to seal it for the Blue Devils, who played fifth-seeded South Kortright (12-4-1) to a 2-2 tie in the Delaware League championship game last Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.
“It was a nice individual play,” Margaretville coach Jeremey Marks said of Short’s winning goal.
Sam Gil and Cooper Reither also scored for the Blue Devils, who will visit top-seeded Elmira Notre Dame of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference on Tuesday at a time and site to be determined. END (14-2) edged ninth-seeded Milford (9-5-2), 2-1, on Friday. No information was reported to The Daily Star by press time.
Griff Metzko, Ty Magnan and Trevor Holdridge scored for the Rams. Holdridge, who also had an assist, tied the score at 3 on an 18-yard shot 18 minutes into the second half.
“It was one of those wild postseason games,” said Marks, who received four saves from Mitch Hull.
Brett Post stopped two shots for SK, which received three saves from Metzko.