LADY INDIANS FALL IN STATE SEMI-FINAL OVERTIME
Sauquoit’s Elisa Marchione has a leg up on Keshequa’s Alex Flint.
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
The 2012 Section III and New York State Central Region Champion Sauquoit Lady Indians Soccer team saw their season come to a heart wrenching end today on the turf at Cortland High School, where they dropped a 3-1 double overtime loss to Section V Class “C” Champion Keshequa.
Eighty minutes of regular time was not enough to settle this afternoon’s Class “C” NYSPHAA semi-final contest, so the state mandated two ten minute overtime periods were set in motion.
Make no mistake about it, this relatively young Lady Indians club (only three seniors on the roster) gave the more seasoned Keshequa squad absolutely all they could handle before falling to the Section V Champions.
Senior tri-captain Alex Flint, a very solid mid-fielder, opened the scoring for the Lady Indians of Keshequa when she hammered a 30 yard free kick over Sauquoit’s defensive wall and just out of the reach of Sauquoit keeper Alyson Gaffney to give the kids clad in black and orange a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute of the opening half. It was Flint’s 19th goal of the season.
Interestingly, the Lady Indians contingent from Sauquoit Valley was not phased by the Keshequa goal, despite the on field celebration and the loud response from the huge crowd that came East with their team.
Perhaps it was their calm demeanor that kept Sauquoit close for the rest of the first half. Perhaps it was a little bit of luck. Perhaps it was both.
Trailing 1-0, Sauquoit Valley spent the majority of the remainder of the first half holding Keshequa’s trio of offensive weapons Kristen Jackson and sisters Tessa and Shannon Gordinier in check.
This group of attackers accounted for a total of 8 shots on the Sauquoit net, two of which were very near misses.
Making matters worse for Sauquoit was the fact that Keshequa had only yielded 7 goals in their 21 previous matches this season.
Then, in the 36th minute of the first half, Sauquoit Valley super sophomore Jenna Mazza made a near miraculous, rumbling tumbling rush all by herself toward the Keshequa goal and booted a shot past a stunned Kate Forrester to pull the Section III champs into a 1-1 tie, which is the way we’d go to the intermission, Mazza’s shot was the first of the half for Saquoit.
The second half saw both teams battle it out at midfield, with only Keshequa having legitimate scoring chances in the second 40 minutes of regular time.
The first scoring possibility in the second half came when Flint found herself alone in the box with Sauquoit keeper Alsyon Gaffney.
Somehow, some way, Gaffney got a piece of Flint’s shot and freshman defender Jordan Talma knocked the potential go ahead goal out of harm’s way to keep the score tied with 35:04 remaining in regular time.
Keshequa High School, located in Nunda, NY, is known for two things: New York’s famous Lechworth State Park and really good scholastic soccer, nearly took the lead again with 5:04 remaining in the contest when Shannon Gordinier was all alone in front of the Sauquoit goal, but ripped her shot high and wide left of the Lady Indians goal, keeping the score tied again.
Sauquoit Valley managed just two shots on the Keshequa net over the last 40 minutes of regular time.
Per state playoff rules, if the game ends in a tie after 80 minutes of regulation, the teams play two 10 minute, non-sudden death overtime periods.
Just 1:24 into the first overtime, Shannon Gordinier took a pass from her sister Tessa and knocked home what would be the winning goal for Keshequa.
With just over five seconds remaining in the first overtime, Haley Russell nailed a penalty shot to give the Lady Indians of Keshequa a 3-1 lead, which they would hold through the second 10 minute overtime, punching their ticket to the Class “C” final tomorrow morning against Hoosick Falls.
Sauquoit Valley finished a phenomenal season at (18-3-1) and will most certainly be a force to be reckoned with in 2013 as they return 15 players from this season’s roster.
Keshequa 3 Sauquoit 1
1 2 OT1 OT2 Final
Keshequa 1 0 2 0 3
Sauquoit 1 0 0 0 1