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The Times
  • GIRLS' SOCCER: Poland beats Jasper-Troupsburg, earns Class D title shot

  • NOVEMBER 17 GIRLS' SOCCER



    Mikayla Blumenstock and Paige Sullivan scored goals 87 seconds apart in the first half Saturday as the Poland Tornadoes defeated Section V champion Jasper-Troupsburg 2-1 to advance to the state’s Class D championship match.

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  • POLAND 2, JASPER-TROUPSBURG 1
    Mikayla Blumenstock and Paige Sullivan scored goals 87 seconds apart in the first half Saturday as the Poland Tornadoes defeated Section V champion Jasper-Troupsburg 2-1 to advance to the state’s Class D championship match.
    The Tornadoes (20-1-0) were outshot 21-8 at Homer High School but got 11 saves from goalkeeper Courtney Green and held off the Wildcats to earn their first trip to the title match since 1998. Poland meets undefeated Chateaugay, a 6-1 winner over Smithtown Christian, Sunday at 1 p.m. at SUNY-Cortland.
    “We’re excited to be in this game and to be in a position to bring home a state championship,” Poland coach Tom Basel said.
    Blumenstock put Poland on the board 23 minutes into the contest with a goal assisted by Brianna Goggin. The goal came on the counterattack after Jasper-Troupsburg (17-4-0) had controlled the early flow of play. Goggin’s pass off the right wing set the stage for Blumenstock to score on the first Poland shot of the game.
    The Tornadoes’ second shot was an aerial cross from 30 yards out to the right of Jasper-Troupsburg goalie Elizabeth Groff that slipped into the upper right corner for Sullivan’s goal.
    “It didn’t take 20 minutes to figure out this was a very good team,” Basel said. “They were very skilled and very fast. They made it difficult for us to establish our possession game. ... This team was reminiscent of (two-time defending Section III champion) Remsen in their skill.
    “We were fortunate to get out with a win.”
    Groff recorded one save before halftime and one more after as her teammates kept the pressure on Green at the far end of the field. The Wildcats had two corner kicks in the final 10 mintes of play as they fought frantically for a tying goal that never came. Lauren Wyant scored Jasper-Troupsburg’s lone goal with an assist from Kaitlin Huyler five minutes before halftime. The Wildcats had just had a near miss when Wyant broke in a scored off a restart.
    “The last 10 minutes we were definitely hanging on,” Basel admitted.

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