SAUQUOIT, NY (WKTV) - After getting knocked out of the playoffs by Poland the past two years and losing its only two games of this season to its Center State Conference Division III rival, the No. 2-seeded Hamilton boys soccer team finally got the best of the top-seeded Tornados when it counted most on Saturday night at Sauquoit Valley, beating Poland 1-0 for the Section III, Class D championship.
Poland, which came into the game as the three-time defending champion and with an unbeaten record, dominated ball possession and scoring chances throughout the game, but the difference came 1:12 into the second half when a Hamilton shot hit off the crossbar and Matthew Broedel booted in the rebound. Emerald Knights goalkeeper William Keever held the fort from there to give Hamilton its first Section III title since 1998, when it won the Class C championship.
Hamilton, now 19-2-0 and ranked No. 9 in the state in Class D, will play Section IV champion South Kortright in the quarterfinals at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta on Saturday, November 8th, at a time to be determined. Poland, which was ranked No. 3 in the state this week, ends the season 18-1-2.
In girls action, Notre Dame ran the table in Class C as the No. 13 seed, routing No. 2 Sauquoit Valley 4-0 for what the team believes is its first-ever sectional title. Stephanie Wurz scored two goals and Dana Reina notched a goal and two assists. Lillian Eannace made seven saves for the shutout. The Lady Jugglers outscored their four sectional playoff opponents 13-1.
Next up for Notre Dame is Section IV champion Marathon in the state quarterfinals Saturday, November 8th, at Chittenango at 1:00.
Also winning on the girls side Saturday was Old Forge in Class D. The No. 5-seeded Lady Eskimos took down No. 2 McGraw 3-1, and will face Section IV champion Edmeston Saturday, November 8th at Chittenango at 5:30.