In a boys soccer battle between a pair of defending champions, Ellicottville wanted double additional time to rally and repeat in Part VI Class D with a 4-3 win over Maple Grove on Monday night time.
Eagles junior goalkeeper Evan Bauer made well timed stops when his crew wanted them, and sophomore Maddox Johnson accomplished the comeback 1:47 into the second OT interval with the game-winning objective from in shut off a free kick.
“Coming again, it feels wonderful,” stated Bauer, who completed with 11 saves. “Simply the highs and lows, it’s like using a ship.”
Second-seeded Ellicottville struck first simply 1:19 into the competition at West Seneca East, as Emmett Jacobson-Coolidge transformed on a fast transition from a defensive clearance. Owen Doherty made it 2-0 with 28:07 left within the first half when he blasted a penalty kick off a diving keeper’s fingers.
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No. 1 Maple Grove, the three-time defending Part VI Class C champ earlier than transferring down a category dimension this fall, responded with a pure hat trick by senior Eli Moore. His first objective got here on a free kick 3:48 earlier than halftime, after which he scored twice extra 14:17 aside within the second half to offer the Purple Dragons (12-3-1) a 3-2 lead with 21:07 left in regulation.
Ellicottville junior Sam Edwards tied the sport with 4:44 on the clock when he outraced a defender and tapped the ball previous the keeper.
Bauer, who broke his hand in final 12 months’s sectional remaining, saved the Eagles alive within the first additional time with two big saves within the opening 1:15 and one other with 5:05 left within the body.
“We acquired somewhat vitality from Evan’s wonderful saves in the present day,” Ellicottville coach Matt Finn stated. “He was in every single place. A pair breakaways he stopped … excellent performs, so happy with him in the present day.”
“I don’t actually have something occurring up there,” Bauer stated of his mindset. “I’m simply form of all absolutely computerized. I’m simply reacting. I discover it simpler to not assume – simply react.”
The Eagles (11-4-2) advance to the Far West Regionals on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Rochester-area Spencerport.
They’ll be joined within the regional spherical by Part VI Class C champion Portville, which beat No. 1 Holland/Franklinville/West Valley (11-7-1) within the second recreation of the doubleheader, 3-1.
The second-seeded Panthers (14-3-1) scored all three of their targets within the first half to win their first sectional title in program historical past. Coach J.J. McIntosh stated it took years of laborious work since there wasn’t even a varsity crew for a pair years within the late 2000s.
“It’s laborious to explain the sensation proper now to be trustworthy with you,” McIntosh stated. “I feel one factor we’ve been capable of do within the final a number of years is to get youngsters to be somewhat extra dedicated all year long, and that is only a testomony to their laborious work year-round.”
Panthers senior Cole Faulkner opened the scoring 1:29 into the sport on a perfectly-executed nook play. Holland senior Gabriel Leach tied it with 27:38 to go within the half on a lofted sharp-angle shot that was misjudged by the keeper.
However Portville stayed composed and reclaimed the lead for good on a objective by senior Michael Cole with 12:43 left within the first half. Classmate Bryan Randolph accomplished the scoring 4:27 later.
“We’ve been making an attempt to get them on body low and laborious,” McIntosh stated. “We’ve been preaching low and laborious, we follow it, and there was loads of visitors in between there. I’m positive it was powerful for the goalie to see it. Typically it’ll fall, and it fell for us on the proper moments tonight.”
The Class C Far West Regional is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. at Spencerport.