RAMS LOSE IN STATE SEMI-FINAL ON PENALTY KICK SHOOTOUT
Remsen’s Erin O’Connor (27) battles Chazy’s Kirsten Doran (15) for a loose ball late in regulation.
The Remsen girl’s soccer team lost to the Chazy Eagles (Plattsburgh, Section X) today, by a score of 4-3 (3-1 on penalty kicks) in the NY State Class “D” Semi-Final at Cortland High School.
Remsen got off to leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-1, but Chazy scored twice in the last 25 minutes of the contest to tie the game at 3-3, forcing overtime.
Chazy then went on to win 3-1 on penalty kicks to advance to tomorrow morning’s Final.
Since 2008, the Plattsburgh’s high school girls soccer factory, aka Chazy Rural High School, have been nothing short of amazing, tallying a four year record of (80-4-1) including four straight State Final 4 appearances, two title-game appearances and last year’s Class D state championship.
Today’s New York State semi-final appearance was also the Eagles 7th in a row since 2005.
Nearly all in attendance at Cortland’s brand new facility said the same thing, today’s game should have been the final.
Coming into today’s contest, Chazy, the 2010 State Champ, amassed a record of (18-1) and has been ranked number 1 in New York State all season.
Remsen meanwhile came in at (18-0) and has been ranked number 2 all season.
The big number 1 vs. number 2 match up lived up to its billing, to be sure.
Remsen played the first half into a stiff wind and a bright sun, yet Erin O’Connor got the Rams on the board first with a hard shot past Eagles keeper Kathryn Tooke to make it 1-0 in favor of the Section III champs just over 3 minutes into the match.
Chazy, which applied immense pressure in the Remsen end during the entire first half, were the recipients of a bad break for Remsen when Christina Emery’s cross from the left of the Remsen goal was accidentally headed into the Rams goal by one of their own defenders, tying the game at 1-1 with 27:24 to go in the first half.
The teams went to the first (of what would become seven) intermission(s) all knotted up with 40 minutes to go.
Megan Will was outstanding in goal for Remsen in the first half, stopping 8 of 9 balls hit at her. She finished with a whopping 21 saves on the afternoon.
The second half saw Remsen’s Erin O’Connor score her second and third goals of the game (her 42nd and 43rd of the season) to give the Rams a 3-1 lead with 25 minutes to go in the match.
Christina Emery’s second goal of the game came at the 29:14 mark of the second half cutting the lead to 3-2.
Then with just :50 seconds to go in regular time, the “unthinkable” goal by Chazy’s Amber Polomsky smashed Remsen’s hopes of a win in regulation.
What ensued was 30 more minutes of nail biting action which saw both teams have big chances to get the win, but keepers Megan Will and Kathryn Tooke kept their respective goals empty, forcing the penalty kick shootout.
Someone had to win and in this case it was Chazy, 3-1 on PK’s to advance to tomorrow’s final where the Eagles will look for their second consecutive State Championship.
Congratulations to the Section III Champion Rams (18-1) on a fantastic season which ended in dramatic, albeit unfortunate fashion.
Chazy 4 Remsen 3
Box Score (get ready)
1 2 OT OT OT OT PK Final
Remsen 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 3
Chazy 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 4