Girls soccer: Class B state final, Briarcliff vs. Mechanicville (UPDATED)
The game is about to start here at SUNY Cortland. Southside leads 4-0 early in the second half of the Class A final. I heard Crystal Dunn scored either three or four of the goals.
Update, 39 minutes left in first half: Briarcliff scores already. Liana Cornacchio drew a corner kick less than a minute in. Katie Underwood hit a strong corner in front of the goalie, who saved a header by Cornacchio but surrendered a rebound. Katie Weiner — just like yesterday — was there to punch it in. 1-0 Briarcliff.
Update, 30 minutes left in half: Mechanicville tied it 1-1. It scored on a free kick in the seventh minute. The kick originated from the right side of the box. The shot was on goal. It bounced off the crossbar and in.
Update, 23 minutes left: Briarcliff allowed a corner and Mechanicville converted, scoring on a header to take a 2-1 lead. Jane Wallis tried to clear a ball from her own end about a minute later and went down to the turf in pain. She just walked off the field but looks OK.
Update, HALFTIME: Briarcliff still trails 2-1. The Bears had a throw in deep in the Mechanicville end but couldn’t get rid of it before the half expired.
Wallis returned to the field for the rest of the half. Mechanicville is a solid team that will give Briarcliff all it can handle as it tries for a third state title.
Update, 33 minutes left in the game: Briarcliff tied it 2-2 on a rebound goal by Savina Reid. Katie Underwood started the play with a free kick. Cornacchio had the first touch but Reid knocked it in.
Update, 20 minutes left: Still 2-2. Briarcliff has gotten the better of the play.
Update, 18:46 left: A brilliant play by Cornacchio helps gives Briarcliff the lead. The junior faked a cross from the right wing before dribbling along the goal line. She drew a defender and fed Weiner, who directed it past the keeper. 3-2.
Update, 13 minutes left: Mechanicville ties it on another free kick. This one was headed in on the run. Briarcliff just nearly regained the Underwood corner that was headed off the crossbar by Weiner. Cornacchio hit a post shortly after. Great action.
Update, END OF REGULATION: Still tied. Briarcliff knocked on the doorstep repeatedly but couldn’t get the winner. The teams will now play two 10 minute periods. If no one scores they will be followed with two five minute periods of sudden death.
Update, end of first OT: Still tied.
End of second OT: Still tied. We will now move on to two, five minute periods of sudden death. Briarcliff has had every single scoring opportunity since Mechanicville tied the score but the Bears are starting to look tired.
End of third OT: Still tied.
Update, FINAL, four OT: Briarcliff 4, Mechanicville 3.
Cornacchio scores on a header from directly in front of the goal. The Bears had just missed a goal in front. The ball rolled toward the right wing and Savina Reid set up Cornacchio with a perfect cross. The play started when Briana Reid blocked a clear.
Update, POSTGAME: Here are a few notes from the game:
• Cornacchio finished with one goal and three assists. She was named Briarcliff’s most outstanding player.
• Abby Maniello scored two goals and was named Mechanicville’s most outstanding player.
• Kelly Wall was named the most outstanding goalkeeper of the tournament. She made five saves in the final on eight shots.
• Mechanicville keeper Kelsey Desadore made eight saves, but Briarcliff took 32 shots.
• Katie Weiner scored two goals and had four in the final four alone. But her biggest play? Shielding the keeper on the game-winning to free up Cornacchio for the winning header.
• Savina Reid finished with a goal and an assist. She scored to tie the game 2-2 after Briarcliff fell behind and assisted on the winner with “a perfect cross,” Cornacchio said.
• As I mentioned earlier, Reid’s sister, Briana, a defender, pushed forward to prevent a clear and dribbled the ball deep into Briarcliff’s offensive zone. Her play led to the winner.
Here’s coach Owen Scully on what it meant to win a third straight state championship:
We’re all gifted to be around here together, to be able to do this. It’s very special. Moments like this are moments we’ll look back for the rest of our lives. And they did it.