Mayfield boys edge Waterford in overtime
Panthers to face top-seeded Lake George in semifinals
MAYFIELD — After posting a 6-0 victory over 13th-seeded Mekeel Christian Academy in its sectional opener last Thursday, the Mayfield boys soccer team knew a tougher test awaited in Monday’s quarterfinals.
The fourth-seeded Panthers hosted fifth-seeded Waterford-Halfmoon and for the second time in as many meetings this season, they posted a 3-2 overtime victory over the Fordians.
“I anticipated a good, hard match and that’s what we got,” Mayfield coach Jon Caraco said. “Waterford is a very fast team. Their speed gave us fits all day long.”
The teams met in Waterford on Aug. 31 in a non-league contest and Mayfield emerged with an overtime victory.
The outcome was the same Monday as the Panthers escaped the back-and-fourth battle with the win.
Britain Goodemote netted the game-winning goal for Mayfield, sending a cross from Dylan Bumpus past Waterford-Halfmoon keeper Bobby Valigorsky with 9:34 left in the first overtime.
Bumpus and Anthony Yuret scored goals in regulation for the Panthers, who outshot Waterford-Halfmoon by a 12-5 margin.
Tyler Galarneau scored both goals for the Fordians.
Galarneau scored the game’s first goal with 18:08 left in the first half on an assist from Hunter Guertin.
Bumpus quickly responded for Mayfield, tying the game at 1-1 just 23 seconds later.
The game remained tied at 1-1 heading into the half.
The Panthers gained the lead for the first time with 33:22 left in the second half when Yuret scored, putting home the rebound after the initial shot by Josh Wasson was saved by Valigorsky.
With 23:26 to play, Mayfield’s Colby Brandow was injured and taken from the field by ambulance forcing a lengthy stoppage in play.
“It was tough to regroup after that, but our captains did a good job pulling everyone together,” Caraco said.
Galarneau pulled the Fordians even with 18:21 left in regulation on an assist by Jack O’Brien to make it 2-2.
Mayfield’s offense generated several chances in the final minutes of regulation, as the Panthers looking for the game-winning goal.
Yuret had a shot in close stopped by Valigorsky with 8:49 remaining, while Garret Delaney had a free kick hit the cross ball with 3:40 to play.
The best chance change with 1:50 to play when Bumpus had a point-blank shot pushed aside by Valigorsky who made a sprawling save to preserve the tie.
In the opening moments of the first overtime, Wasson had a shot stopped by Valigorsky. Wasson left the game with an injury following the play.
Waterford-Halfmoon had a pair of chances stopped by Mayfield keeper Evan Lehr, who stopped a pair of shots by Guertin.
Goodemote finally broke the tie for the Panthers, scoring on a pass from Bumpus and sending Mayfield to the sectional semifinals.
Lehr finished with three saves to earn the win in goal for Mayfield.
“Evan made big saves for us when we needed them,” Caraco said. “I’m proud of his effort tonight.”
Bobby Valigorsky made nine stops for Waterford-Halfmoon.
“[Mayfield] is a good team. Both games with them were very close,” Waterford-Halfmoon coach Ryan Hardy said. “We lost them both in overtime, but this one is a kick to the gut because it end our season.”
Waterford-Halfmoon finished its season with a 10-5-3 overall record.
Mayfield (14-3 overall) will face top-seeded Lake George (18-0) in the Class C semifinals Thursday at Mohonasen High School in Rotterdam at 7 p.m.
The Warriors, ranked first in the latest state Class C poll, posted a 3-1 victory over eighth-seeded Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in their quarterfinal contest.
Lake George posted a 1-0 victory over Mayfield in the championship game of the Mayfield Tournament on Sept. 15 at Galway High School.
“Lake George is the No. 1 team in the state. They have an excellent program,” Caraco said. “After we played them in the championship game of our tournament, we kind of hoped that we would see them again. I’m glad we’re getting another chance at them.”
In Monday’s other quarterfinal games, third-seeded Stillwater (14-4 overall) defeated sixth-seeded Greenwich, 5-1, and second-seeded Maple Hill (15-2-1 overall) posted a 5-0 victory over seventh-seeded Doane Stuart. The Wildcats will face the Warriors at Mohonasen on Thursday at 5 p.m.