Congratulations to the Schalmont girls!
It took some time, but the Schalmont girls’ soccer team finally managed to add to school history in Sunday’s New York state Class B championship game.
CORTLAND — It took some time, but the Schalmont girls’ soccer team finally managed to add to school history in Sunday’s New York state Class B championship game.
The Sabres defeated Section VI champion Wilson, 2-0, to emerge as champions at SUNY-Cortland Stadium Complex, scoring both goals late in the second half. Schalmont also won the state title in 2011, when some of the current players were ball girls.
The Sabres (24-0) swarmed all over their opponent from Niagara County, outshooting Wilson by a 22-1 margin, but watched shots go wide, hit the post or be stopped by sophomore goalkeeper Emily Kelly.
But eighth-grader Davia Rossi scored with 9:30 remaining in the game, getting to the ball after it deflected off a Wilson defender and placing a shot into the right side of the net. The goal followed extra effort by freshman midfielder Vanessa Wainwright, who kept the ball in-bounds in the left corner and ran it into the area in front of the net.
Junior defender Alexis Horwedel tallied the second goal with 4:14 remaining, lofting a direct kick just under the crossbar after Morgan Faery replaced Kelly at goalkeeper.
“That goalie was fantastic,” said Horwedel, who was named Schalmont’s Most Valuable Player for the title game. “The first goal was a relief. We just had to keep pressing.”
“This season has been just phenomenal,” said Schalmont coach Alaina Resue. She said this year’s offense was not quite as strong when the season started, but improved.
“The girls were fantastic. They worked hard from day one,” said Resue, an assistant coach in 2011. “This title was our goal. We had nine seniors, and they aimed at what the 2011 team accomplished.”
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