MECHANICVILLE — Their season ended with an undefeated mark.
But it ended.
That was the tough reality that the Mohonasen girls’ soccer program ran into Saturday at Mechanicville High School, as the team battled to a 0-0 tie with Section III’s Jamesville-DeWitt in the Class A state quarterfinals, but the Mighty Warriors failed to advance to next weekend’s state semifinals after coming up short 3-2 in penalty kicks.
“One [goal] would have done it today,” Mohonasen head coach Clint DeMyer said, “and, unfortunately, it just couldn’t get done.”
Mohonasen (20-0-1) and Jamesville-DeWitt (17-2-1) played 110 scoreless minutes before the penalty kicks, and DeMyer’s group had better possession and scoring chances throughout regulation and the match’s four overtimes.
“We knew that they had some powerful forwards and that we had to mark them,” Jamesville-Dewitt head coach Hayley Nies said. “Our back line did a great job for us.”
While Mohonasen senior stars Liv Raucci and Alex Skoda led the Mighty Warriors’ attack, Jamesville-Dewitt senior goalie Katie Cappelletti made several tough stops as part of an eight-save effort.
“Both teams defended really well. All credit to Jamesville-DeWitt,” said DeMyer, whose senior goalie Megan Hart was stellar throughout the 2019 season and Saturday’s game. “They played a phenomenal game [and have a] phenomenal goalkeeper.”
In penalty kicks, Mohonasen went first and had a 2-0 lead before Jamesville-DeWitt made its final three attempts and Mohonasen missed its last two. For Jamesville-DeWitt, senior Grace Dimkopoulos had the shot that clinched her team a spot in next weekend’s state semifinals.
“It was a great game,” Nies said. “Hats off to [Mohonasen]. They were awesome.”
Mohonasen entered Saturday’s game ranked No. 1 in the state, while Jamesville-DeWitt was ranked No. 2.
On its way to the state tournament, Mohonasen secured its program’s first-ever solo Section II championship with a 1-0 win against Averill Park. Previously, Mohonasen had shared an area championship with Averill Park in 2016.
“What they did is absolutely historic,” DeMyer said of his 2019 group. “Mohonasen has never been the top dog. No matter whether you had a great season or not, you always had the feeling that you were the underdog and you had to fight — and at 19-0, 17-0, all throughout the season, they decided that we’re still going to have that hunger. We’re still going to have that fight.”
AREA TEAMS FALL
Several other Section II soccer teams saw their seasons close Saturday in the state quarterfinals as well.
In girls’ soccer, Class AA’s Bethlehem fell 4-3 in triple-overtime to Section III’s Fayetteville-Manlius. Bethlehem forced overtime with a late goal, led 3-2 after the first non-sudden-victory overtime, allowed a score in the second non-sudden-victory overtime, then allowed a game-winning goal in the third overtime.
In Class B, Schalmont lost 6-3 to Section III’s Central Valley Academy despite two goals from Sofia Cassano. For Central Valley Academy, Reilly Rich had five goals.
On the boys’ side, Burnt Hills lost 1-0 to Jamesville-DeWitt in a Class A matchup, while Fort Ann lost 4-0 to Section IX’s Mount Academy in Class D.
AREA TEAMS ADVANCE
The Stillwater girls’ soccer team, the defending Class C state champion, clinched its spot in next weekend’s state semifinals with a 4-0 win against Section VII’s AuSable Valley. Brooke Pickett scored two goals in the win.
In Class D, Northville won 3-1 against Mount Academy, as Brytney Moore scored two goals
In the boys’ tournaments, Shenenendehowa topped Section III’s Baldwinsville 3-1 in a Class AA matchup. Jaylin Sykes, Reggie Durden and Rhys Hourmont each scored for the Plainsmen.
Meanwhile, Class B’s Schuylerville advanced with a 1-0 win against Section X’s Ogdensburg Free Academy and Class C’s Voorheesville defeated Section X’s Madrid-Waddington 1-0.