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W-FL SOCCER: 2021 Sectional Championship Preview

It’s Championship Weekend for most classes in Section V soccer with several Wayne-Finger Lakes teams still in competition. Action begins Friday night and continues through the day on Saturday. Below we preview the final round matches for the remaining W-FL teams with an opportunity to become Section V champions. Sectional glory is just one step away!

BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP SLATE

VIEW: Full Section V Boys Soccer Sectional Tournament Brackets

Class B1

#1 Hornell Red Raiders vs. #3 Pal-Mac Red Raiders (FL East)

Pal-Mac (12-5-0 overall, 8-4-0 league) needed almost every single minute of time to take down #2 Greece Olympia on Wednesday night. With extra time seemingly a guarantee, Mateo Sloan was able to net the lone goal on the night at 38’ in the second half, as the Red Raiders won 1-0 to secure their spot to fight for sectional glory.

Hornell (14-2-1 overall, 10-2-0 league) heads in to the match on the heels of taking down fellow Livingston County member Livonia on Wednesday night by a score of 2-1. The squads, both called the Red Raiders, are no strangers to one another in sectional play. In the 2020 tournament, Hornell defeated Pal-Mac 4-1 in the quarter-final round. Pal-Mac looks to get revenge in the big game on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm on the campus of SUNY Geneseo.

Class C1

#2 Williamson Marauders (Wayne) vs. #4 Geneseo Blue Devils

The Marauders (14-3-1 overall, 9-2-1 league) took on #3 Avon Wednesday night in what would be a close contest. Sam Belmont scored on a penalty kick at the 28’ mark in the first half. Williamson’s defense grinded it out against Avon’s attack, while keeper Adrian Cramer turned away eight shots. In the end, Williamson came victorious 1-0.

Geneseo (12-4-2 overall, 7-4-1 league) defeated the upset hopeful Bloomfield Bombers Wednesday night 2-1. The Blue Devil’s leading scorer Ethan Bennett netted the two goals. Williamson returns to the C1 finals for the first time since 2019 after spending 2020 in Class B2. The Marauders look to turn around their fortunes of 2019 where they lost to East Rochester. This year’s edition of the finals takes place Saturday at 1:30 pm in Avon.

Class A

Semi-Final Round: #1 Pittsford Sutherland Knights vs. #4 Wayne Eagles (FL East)

Wayne (16-2-0 overall, 12-0-0 league) was able to defeat # Brockport on Tuesday night. Due to the rain that hit the region all day Tuesday, the game was moved to neutral site Eastridge to be played. The decision would not hinder the eagles as they went on to win 4-0. Josh Bolt collected a hat trick as well as picking up an assist from the corner on Noah Means’ opening goal. Alec Gilbert collected five saves in the shutout, as the Eagles will make their 6th straight appearance in semi-final play.

The Eagles will take on top seed Pittsford Sutherland (15-1-2 overall, 8-1-1 league). The Knights took down #8 Spencerport on Tuesday night 3-1 to advance to the semi-finals. It’ll be a battle amongst two of the section’s top scorers, with Josh Bolt for Wayne and Will Field for Pittsford Sutherland both coming off excellent offensive performances. Wayne will head back to Eastridge for the game Friday night, 5 pm is the scheduled start.

 

GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP SLATE

VIEW: Full Section V Girls Soccer Sectional Tournament Brackets

Class B1

#1 Pal-Mac Red Raiders vs. #3 Hornell Red Raiders

Pal-Mac (16-2-0 overall, 7-0-0 league) continued their march to the final round game by rolling #4 Batavia 5-0 Tuesday night in the hard falling rains. Emma Robinson collected two goals and an assist, while Maya Ikewood and Reagan Diehl each netted one of their own. Molly Seither scored the lone goal of the second half, and Clare Boesel turned away five shots on goal from the Batavia attack.

Hornell (16-2-0 overall, 7-1-0 league) battled with #2 Greece Olympia Tuesday night, and came away with a 3-1 victory. You could call this a game determined by destiny, as these two evenly matched Red Raider squads are no strangers to playing in sectional finals. Hornell is looking to defend the crown, while Pal-Mac looks to get it back, last winning it in 2018. The game is scheduled for 7:45 pm Friday night on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College.

Class B2

#1 Haverling Rams vs. #3 Penn Yan Mustangs (FL East)

The Mustangs (10-5-3 overall, 2-4-1 league) went in to a water-logged battle with #2 Mynderse Tuesday night during the rain dominated semi-final round. Penn Yan came out victorious over the Blue Devils in the revenge game with a spot in the finals on the line. Mustang goals came in the first half, Irelynd Densmore connected at 6’ with Morgan Andersen getting the assist, and Andersen scored her own goal at 12’. Rebecca Hayes scored a second half goal for the Mustangs as they came away with a 3-1 victory. The lone Mynderse goal was scored by Madelyn Verkey at the 19’ mark in the second half.

The Rams (17-1-0 overall, 7-1-0 league) beat #4 Dansville on Tuesday. The 4-0 victory featured different scorers, with Ella Yartym, Sydney Burns, Keegan Burns, and Lillian Dickson each getting goals. Haverling looks to go back-to-back in Class B2 after winning last the championship last year, while Penn Yan makes their first finals appearance in 25 years. The game is Friday at 5:30 pm at Finger Lakes Community College.

Class C2

#2 Byron-Bergin Bees vs. #4 HAC Wolves (FL West)

HAC (15-3-1 overall, 10-3-1 league) was locked in a battle with #9 Kendall on Tuesday, and the Wolves would have to outlast the rain and Kendall’s attack. HAC jumped out to a fast 2-0 off the toe of Olivia Strader and AJ Williams. Kendall responded with a goal before half, and on the cusp of elimination sent one to the back of the net at 38’ in the second half. Chloe Fowler netted the walk-off goal for HAC in overtime with only two minutes left on the clock.

The Bees (16-3-0 overall, 7-1-0 league) defeated #6 Bishop Kearney/Chesterton Academy 5-2 in the rain on Tuesday night. The Wolves look to take down the Bees, who last won a sectional title as a merged team with Avon in Class CCC in 2013. The game is scheduled for 5 pm Friday night, played at Caledonia-Mumford.

Class D1

#1 Fillmore Eagles vs. #2 Marion Black Knights

The Black Knights (15-3-0 overall, 11-1-0) and #6 Wheatland-Chili had an instant classic Wednesday night. The squads were deadlocked in a 0-0 tie through regulations, and even with extra time, the outcome remained 0-0. A penalty kick shootout would determine who would move on. With the shootout going eight rounds, Alyna Hayes netted what would be the winning shot for Marion. Alyse Buirch blocked away 7 shots for the Black Knights.

Fillmore (18-0-0 overall, 10-0-0 league) continued their undefeated run against #4 Honeoye of the Finger Lakes West 4-0 Wednesday night. Marion and Fillmore are no strangers to being in the sectional final round. Fillmore came away with the Class D1 title in 2019, while Marion won three straight from 2017-2019 within the Class C ranks. It is sure to be a classic battle come Saturday night in Warsaw, game time is scheduled for 5:30 pm.

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