UTICA, N.Y. --The race to the finish line is on in high school soccer and teams will put their unblemished records on the line in the regional round this weekend.
Representing Section III Class A in girls soccer is New Hartford. The Spartans are 20-0 on the season and get this: the team has won every game dating back to the beginning of last year, making it 36 consecutive victories. The jaw droppping stat is the ratio of goals scored vs. allowed -- 135 (scored by the Spartans) juxtoposed with five goals given up by the defense and it's excellent goalie Savannah Cole (yes, FIVE!). The Spartans will take on Massena this Saturday at Potsdam High School in the regional round. Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m.
Class D champion Poland are not too far behind New Hartford as they have ran off an impressive win streak of their own. The Tornadoes are 19-0 this campaign, recently capturing a win in the sub-regions over Lyme, 3-1. Senior Alexis Bates scored twice to catapault Poland into the next round. Poland will be tested against Schenevus Central in the regionals this Saturday at 4 p.m. The game will be played on the Herkimer County Community College soccer field.
Not impressive enough? Sauquoit Valley (Class C) is yet another perfect 19-0 this season. The Indians reach the regional round following their 4-0 win over Mt. Markham at SUNY Cortland last Friday. Mid-Fielder/ forward Alyssa Shepherd scoed twice for the Indians in the contest. Sauquoit will take on Notre Dame at Herkimer County Community College on Saturday as they look to advance further in the tournament (6 p.m. kick-off).
Let's show the boys side some love; Cooperstown (Class C) makes it an unblemished four for four perfect seasons of teams featured in this post. The Hawkeyes have recorded a 18-0 slate thus far in the season and look to make it 19 in a row come Saturday against Greene at 11 a.m. En route to regionals, Cooperstown defeated Fabius-Pompey to claim the Section III Class C title. Junior Colby Diamond scored two goals and an assist to senior Luca Gardner-Olsen made it a fabulous day for #8.