SYRACUSE, NY (WKTV) - While the snowstorm conditions were new for the Poland boys soccer team Wednesday night at Corcoran, the result was old hat. The top-seeded and three-time defending champion Tornados took down No. 4 Lyme in the Section III, Class D semifinals 2-1, earning yet another trip to the championship.
Playing on a turf field that started out green but quickly turned white, Poland did all its scoring in the first half despite playing against a gusting wind. Brett Darrow scored the Tornados' first goal with 13:08 remaining, but Lyme countered just three minutes later when Cory Walker scored on a penalty kick after a takedown in the box. The Tornados were hardly fazed though, as Dean Agen got a breakaway and beat a charging keeper just 30 seconds later for what proved to be the game-winner.
Lyme had a great chance to tie the game with 4:26 left in the second half when Walker got free for a one-on-one with Poland goalie Justin Weakley, but he pulled his shot wide.
Poland, now 18-0-2 and ranked No. 3 in the state in Class D, will try for its fourth straight sectional title against the winner of No. 2-seed Hamilton vs. No. 6 Copenhagen, which play Thursday at Henninger at 5:30. The final will be either Friday or Saturday at Sauquoit Valley.
The Tornados have made it to the sectional semifinal round in 10 of the past 12 years.