POLAND, N.Y. — The path to the Poland Columbus Day Tournament’s championship included an undefeated obstacle but that was not enough to stop Poland’s Tornadoes Sunday.
The Tornadoes (13-2-0) shut Clinton out 2-0 on their home field to win the tournament at the sixth annual Kuyahoora Valley Fall Festival.
“We knew Clinton was going to be good when we invited them,” Poland coach Tom Basel said of the state’s 15th-ranked Class B team. “The idea is to push yourself to improve upon last year. ... It speaks to a larger lesson in life, to always be challenging yourself.”
Included on Clinton’s impressive resume are two wins over Sauquoit Valley, the only team that has beaten Basel’s team this fall.
The Tornadoes are the state’s reigning Class D champion and are ranked first in their class.
Poland got on the board in the first half with a Mikayla Blumenstock goal assisted by Tara Seigle 15 minutes into the match.
“It’s always important to get the lead and it’s just as important to keep the lead,” Basel said. “All those tough games (against Sauquoit Valley and Remsen) helped us.”
Blumenstock, the tournament’s most valuable player, struck again in the second half, scoring a second goal assisted by her sister, seventh-grader Keara, in the 51st minute.
Clinton’s best scoring chance in the second half came with seven minutes left to play when the Tornadoes deflected the ball just over the crossbar on a corner kick.
Blumenstock then cleared the ball on Clinton’s second chance before the Warriors could generate a shot.
Courtney Green made a save on Haley Allen’s shot from the corner of the box on the final Clinton corner kick of the day.
Green made seven saves in the shutout for Poland and Marissa Cornelius had nine for the Warriors. Cornelius was chosen as the tournament’s outstanding goalkeeper.
Clinton’s Hannah Shankman took home the outstanding offensive player award. A bloodied nose took her off the field for the latter portion of the first half but she returned to action after the intermission.
The outstanding defensive player was Poland’s Alyssa Lepper who drew the marking assignment against Shankman Sunday. Shankman had scored four goals in Saturday’s win against DeRuyter.
“Alyssa did a great job marking her,” Basel said.
DeRuyter received the tournament’s sportsmanship award.
POLAND, N.Y. — Hayden Nolan scored twice Sunday for Hamilton and the Emerald Knights defeated DeRuyter’s Rockers 5-0 in the Poland Columbus Day Tournament’s consolation match.
Clara Jones and Lauren Weeks each had a goal and an assist for the Emerald Knights, Ashlee Prentice scored a goal and Sky Rose had an assist. Isadora Schaller made three saves in the shutout.
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