The Tuskers are one of four local teams to win their regional final. They will play Saturday in Cortland.
Below is Vince’s story on the Tuskers’ Class A regional championship, along with some of John’s photos from the game. More of John’s photos can be seen on lohud.com . –Nancy
FREEDOM PLAINS Moments after missing a terrific opportunity in Sunday’s Class A regional final, Hannon Eberts was given a chance for redemption.
And for the junior midfielder, the second time was the charm.
Eberts’ goal in the 34th minute, set up by Michelle Wienecke, turned out to be the difference in the game, as undefeated Somers clinched its spot in the state final four with a 1-0 win over Section 9 champ Goshen at Arlington High School.
“It was a beautiful ball by Melina Couzis (pictured at top, taking a shot) and I just whiffed it or something, and I was frustrated,” Eberts (12, pictured above, battling along sideline) said of her initial close-range shot that went wide to the left. “But when I put that goal in by Michelle’s cross, it was just so relieving.”
The Tuskers (20-0) (shown celebrating below after the final whistle) will play Section 3 champion Jamesville-DeWitt in the state girls soccer semifinals at Tompkins Cortland Community College Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
“In the regular season, we let up a little bit more than we would have liked,” senior sweeper Hayley Bonner said. “This post-season, we really decided that we were going to play super tight and not let any goals in — just play as hard as we can to get as far as we can.”
Somers has yet to allow a goal in five playoff games and it held Goshen (18-2) to just three shots on goal all game.
One of the three came in the fourth minute on a breakaway but goalkeeper Lizzy Hanley made a great reaction save to tip the shot up and off the crossbar.
“It was huge,” Bonner said of the early save. “She’s stepped up tremendously. Lizzy Hanley has been amazing this whole post-season run and it was just such a relief to know that she’s there in goal and she can save it.”
From that point on, it was all Tuskers but they converted on only one of 18 shots (below, Goshen’s Peyton Atkins stops Ciara Ostrander) after scoring four times against Byram Hills in the Section 1 title game last weekend.
“We really have to capitalize but I felt we had full confidence and we didn’t let up the whole game, and that’s all that we need to do,” Eberts said. “We put one in and you only need to win a game by one.”