A pair of Class AA schools sent Oneonta High’s girls to their first two defeats of the soccer season this weekend at the Wright National Soccer Campus.
The Yellowjackets (7-2) followed a 1-0 loss to Cicero-North Syracuse on Saturday with a 4-3 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.
Still, Oneonta coach Jerry Mackey said his Class B squad held its own over the weekend, when fellow Section Four member Owego lost to the same teams by 3-0 and 7-0 scores, respectively.
“We wanted to challenge ourselves and we went 0-2,” Mackey said. “But I think we came out with a lot of positives. I’m very happy. Well, as happy as you can be with two losses, but we’ve never been a program that says, let’s try to be unbeaten during the regular season. We want to be playing as well as we can for the right three games in October (the Section Four playoffs) and the right in four in November (the state playoffs).”
The Yellowjackets (7-2), Southern Tier Athletic Conference and Section Four Class B champions a season ago, took a 3-1 lead against Liverpool on Sunday.
After Liverpool’s Ore Akinpelu scored the first of her two goals with 21 minutes left in the first half, OHS answered with goals by Nicole Harmer, Taryn More and Cami Cleaveland.
Harmer scored unassisted with 12 minutes left in the first half and then set up More’s goal three minutes before halftime.
Three minutes into the second half, Mariah Ruff assisted on Cleaveland’s goal to give the Yellowjackets a two-goal cushion.
Then Liverpool responded with three goals in a nine-minute span.
Akinpelu scored with 36 minutes left and Alexis Kline scored twice in two minutes, the latter coming with 27 minutes to go to make it 4-3.
“The second goal for them came on a punched out corner kick,” Mackey said. “It could have went anywhere, but it dropped right to Akinpelu after we cleared the initial ball. On the other two, we were down in their end. The first one we misplayed a reset and it was a track meet going back. Their team speed won out. The second one was a long ball to (Akinpelu) and she laid it off to Kline filling the gap. It deflected off of our defender and went in.”
Mackey said his generated several chances thereafter, forcing Liverpool goalie Rebecca Phillips-Allen (seven saves) to make two point-blank stops and another shot that went just wide.
Liverpool (5-4) finished with a 12-11 advantage in shots.
Against C-NS (7-2), Mackey said the Yellowjackets had the better of play in the first half but couldn’t finish.
“We played as good a 40 minutes of soccer probably since the team that went to the state final (in 2004) but didn’t have a result,” Mackey said. “Their goalie (Alyssa Gim) made a couple of good saves. In the second half, they had the wind a little more energy. We were a little sluggish and late to some balls.”
Marissa Rio scored with 22 minutes left in the second half.
Both teams clanged shots off the post over the remainder of play.
“We’re obviously disappointed to lose but felt good about things in stretches,” Mackey said.
OHS travels to Chenango Forks on Wednesday.
Unatego 0, Seton CC 0
Robin Foster stopped 10 shots and a defense led by senior Katrina Clark kept Seton Catholic Central out of range for most of Unatego’s non-league tie at home.
“Their best opportunity came about a foot-and-a-half off the far post,” said Unatego coach Sue Herodes, whose 9-0-1 team finished with a 12-10 edge in shots. “All of the other shots came from the outside. They were nothing Robin had trouble handling.”
Clark moved from midfield to defense in an effort to help contain Alyssa Ricci, the top scoring threat for the Saints (5-2-1).
“Katrina kept it away from (Ricci) a lot,” Herodes said. “(Ricci) never gained possession to do anything significant. If she got it, she had to play it back right away. She was not allowed to do anything.”
Herodes also said Juli Carbone and Sarah Mannina narrowly missed goals and Unatego sent a couple of 1-on-1 shots right at SCC keeper Jessica Walter (seven saves).
“This was a very good game for us to have,” she said. “My kids had to play the full time and the overtime and play through physical pressure. This definitely showed the girls they’re going to be able to play with pretty much anybody.”
Unatego visits Johnson City for another non-league game Tuesday.
SK 0, Morris 0
Katie Humphris stopped five shots for defending Section Four Class D champion Morris, which played South Kortright to a tie in the championship game of the Chic Walshe Tournament at Davenport.
“We knew they were undefeated and that they had a very balanced team,” said first-year SK coach Josh Burroughs, who got seven saves from all-tournament selection Kayla Craft. “We just wanted to stay marked with their scorers. We wanted to watch Kelsea Webster’s speed on the right side and Haley Wist in the middle; she’s a big, physical player.”
Tri-Valley League power Morris (8-0-1) finished with a 15-7 advantage in shots and placed Wist, Amanda Flint and McKenna Hungerford on the all-tournament team.
Kelsey Little and Berkley Cole joined Craft as all-tournament picks for the Rams (7-3-1), who visit Delaware League rival Hunter-Tannersville today.
Eighth-graders Kacie Hymers and Bailey Gano and freshman Abby Wood scored for the host Wildcats, who won the consolation game of the Chic Walshe Tournament.
Hymers scored with 31:45 left in the firs half to make it 1-0. Emily Whipple’s throughball set up Hymers.
Then 2:08 before halftime, Hymers set up Gano’s goal. Wood’s second-half goal came on a header.
The Wildcats (9-2), who placed Wood and Kassie Jeffers on the all-tournament team, travel to Gilboa today.
Downsville 6, Norwich 1
Kendra Lacey scored three goals and Kaileen Townsend had two as Downsville stayed undefeated with a win in Oxford Tournament title game Saturday.
“We did a lot of nice things, put a lot of pressure on them,” Downsville coach Burt Reed said. “We knocked the ball around well as a team, had a lot of one-touch passes. It looked really good out there.”
Leigha LaTourette contributed a goal and two assists for Downsville.
“The beginning of the year, we didn’t score a lot of goals,” Reed said. “It is nice to see that we are beginning to figure that out.”
Lacey, Townsend and Chelsea Doig made the all-tournament team for Downsville (8-0-1, 3-0), which is at Stamford today.
Downsville 6, Oxford 0
Kendra Lacey scored three goals and Kaileen Townsend had two as Downsville shut out the host school in the first round of the Oxford Tournament on Friday.
Leigha LaTourette also scored for the Eagles, who received four saves from Katie Lawrence.
Unatego 2, UV 1
Johnathan Forte took advantage of a missed clear for a second-half goal that lifted Unatego to a road victory over Midstate Athletic Conference rival Unadilla Valley.
Forte’s high shot found an upper corner, just inches shy of the crossbar and the post.
Phil Youngs opened the scoring with a rebound goal, after Troy White’s cross hit the hands of UV goalie Kyle King (eight saves).
David Schwab scored the equalizer with five minutes left in the opening half, beating Alex White (five saves) with an unassisted goal.
CV-S 5, Sharon Springs 0
Despite graduating eight seniors — six of whom were starters — from last year’s Section Four Class D championship squad, Cherry Valley-Springfield ran its record to 8-0 with a non-league victory.
“We’ve been getting a lot of contributions from several different players,” Patriots coach Terri Adams said of her team’s ability to re-load after last season.
Kyle Jaquay scored twice, and Jake Spencer, Andrew Spencer and Wyatt Crowley also scored for CV-S, which held a 14-1 advantage in shots.
Jake Spencer opened the scoring 3 ½ minutes into play. He scored on a rebound. Jaquay made it 2-0 on an 18-yard shot.
The Patriots travel to Milford today.
Liam Heneghan scored on a throw-in from Steven Schultz with 11:24 left to give Cooperstown a title victory in the Chic Walshe Tournament at Davenport.
Tournament MVP Michael Rowley got credit for the tying goal with 14 minutes left, when a Davenport defender kicked the ball into his own goal.
Davenport had taken the lead 34 minutes in on Paul Clark’s goal off a rebound from about 12 yards.
“It was an equally matched game,” Davenport coach Deb Moorby said. “Both teams played really good games and it was intense all the way through.”
In addition to Rowley, Cooperstown placed Heneghan, goalie Kevin Frevele and Ethan Bliss on the all-tournament team.
Davenport’s Travis Briggs, Kyle Moorby and Matt Finne made the all-tournament squad, as did Riley Powers and J.T. Horne of Worcester, and South Kortright’s Randy Post and Ryan Schmid.
Davenport (8-2-1, 3-1-1) hosts Gilboa today. Cooperstown (7-1) hosts Mount Markham on Tuesday.
SK 7, Worcester 0
All three of Dan Nelson’s goals came before halftime as South Kortright bolted to a 4-0 lead en route to winning the Chic Walshe Tournament consolation game at Davenport.
The first of Dylan Cole’s three assists set up Nelson for a goal seven minutes into play that made it 1-0.
Trevor Holdridge had two goals, and Cole and Dan Fronckowiak also had goals for the Rams, who placed defenders Ryan Schmid and Randy Post on the all-tournament team.
SK (8-3) plays host to Hunter-Tannersville today.
Goalie Reilly Powers and JT Horn made the all-tournament team for Worcester.
Samantha Fanion’s 11th-place was the highest among Cooperstown runners Saturday at the EJ Herrmann Invitational in Utica.
Fanion completed the the 3.1-mile course in 21 minutes, 24 seconds. South Lewis’ Victoria Campanian won the race for the fifth straight year, crossing in 19:35.
Cooperstown’s girls finished ninth out of 23 complete teams with 201 points. Sauquoit Valley won with 116.
Erin Mushtare paced Oneonta High’s girls to a 12th-place finish. She completed the course in 22:45, which was good for 25th place.
Cooperstown’s boys finished 12th out of 26 complete teams with 337 points. Fonda Fultonville won with 80.
Jacob Lansing and Jake Burnham finished 43rd and 44th, respectively, for Cooperstown. Lansing finished in 19:05 _ seven seconds ahead of Burnham.
Matt Hoffman of Fonda Fultonville won in 16:52.
Logan Mancuso finished 57th in 19:36 to lead Oneonta’s boys, who were 16th.
Cooperstown will host Hamilton, New York Mills and Little Falls on Wednesday.
OHS hosts a double-dual meet against Norwich and Windsor at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fortin Park.
Six Flags Invitational
Declan Kottmeier and Katie Aikens paced Delhi on a 3.1-mile course Saturday at the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational in Jackson, N.J.
Delhi’s boys finished 15th out of 22 teams. Kottmeier crossed in 17:59 for 32nd place.
Delhi’s girls were 12th out of 24 teams. Aikens finished 41st in 22:11.
The Bulldogs will host the Delhi Invitational on Wednesday at the Delhi College Golf Course.
Walton 2, Tioga 1
Jess Fisher’s second goal came with 41 seconds left in overtime and lifted visiting Walton to a Section Four victory.
Fisher scored on a 10-yard shot from the right side.
She gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead 12 minutes into play, scoring off of penalty corner.
Tioga tied the score with 8 minutes left in regulation on a goal by Tayler Ayres.
Walton (6-4) held advantages fo 19-4 in shots and 11-2 in penalty corners.
The Warriors travel to Hancock on Tuesday.
at Oneonta CC
Mitchel Couch earned medalist honors with a 1-over-par 37, but Oneonta High lost, 202-234, to Chenango Valley on Thursday in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference match.
The Yellowjackets are 0-12.
Oneonta 90, JC 86
Sarah Brackett, Erin Bischoff and Stephanie Havens won individual events Friday to lead Oneonta High to a Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory on the road.
Brackett took first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:16.43); Bischoff won the 200 individual medley (2:36.47); and Havens finished on top in the 100 freestyle (1:00.66).
Oneonta (2-3) hosts Windsor this Friday.