Defending champion Cherry Valley-Springfield got its revenge in the Section Four Class D boys soccer quarterfinals, but was halted in the semifinals.
The third-seeded Patriots attempted three shots in a 2-0 shutout loss to No. 2 Marathon. The teams played on a slick field at the Wright National Soccer Campus last Thursday.
“It was messy,” CV-S coach Terri Adams said. “The fields were in bad shape. There was a lot of slipping and sliding. It was hard to change direction. It was hard to get a good foot on the ball, but it was the same for the other team, too.”
Six days after losing 1-0 to Morris in the Tri-Valley championships, CV-S won the more important match-up, beating the No. 6 seed Mustangs 2-1 in Cherry Valley. The Patriots have amassed a 51-4-2 record over the past three seasons, including a sectional title in 2011, when CV-S dropped a 1-0 decision to Section Three’s Hamilton in a state quarterfinal during a snowstorm at Morrisville State.
CV-S will graduate six seniors off of this year’s squad.
“We’re very young,” Adams said. “I would have to say a majority of my roster is sophomores.”
Marathon’s goals both came in the second half. Daniel Lincoln opened the scoring with 30 minutes, 12 seconds left. Kody Barry set for a direct kick between midfield and the 18-yard penalty box. He sent a pass to the far post that Lincoln headed into the goal.
With 20:55 left, Marathon made it 2-0. It started with a corner kick that the Patriots initially got out of harm’s way. But Zack Brandstadt tracked it down and took a long shot that skimmed off a CV-S defender’s head and into the goal.
Adams said a Patriots goal was disallowed after Brandstadt’s goal.
Noah Russo sent a throughball that Kyle Jaquay finished, but Jaquay was ruled to be offsides.
“We scored and then (the whistle) was blown,” Adams said.
Of Marathon, Adams said: “I thought their sweeper in the back, he did a really nice job of keeping us out of the 18 and then they looked to feed it long. It was quite hard to work the short passing game for both teams.”
Wyatt Crowley made six saves for CV-S.
On the same day, fourth seeded Margaretville fell to No. 1 Elmira Notre Dame. Marathon took the title on Saturday at the WNSC.