Watkins Glen’s boys’ soccer team will attempt this afternoon to do what no team has done this season: Beat Lansing.
The Bobcat boys (17-0), defending Section 4 Class C champions and state semifinalists a year ago, will look to take another step toward defending their section title at 3 p.m. when they host the Senecas (13-3-0) in the Class C semifinals. The game was pushed back a day due to section-wide postponements in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Lansing has given up just one goal all season, in a 2-1 overtime defeat of Trumansburg on Oct. 5. The Bobcats have three other one-goal victories, including a 1-0 overtime win on Sept. 25 at Southern Cayuga. Lansing won the IAC title on Oct. 20 with a 3-0 victory over Elmira Notre Dame at TC3.
The Senecas enter today’s game having won five straight and nine of their last 10. The Glen has outscored its last 10 opponents by a combined 53-8.
The Lansing-WG winner will take on either Seton Catholic Central (5-7-1) or Greene (15-2-0) in the Class C title game, slated for Saturday at the National Soccer Hall of Fame complex in Oneonta. The time for the championship game hasn’t been announced.
Section 4 Volleyball
* The Class C quarterfinals will also be held today, and one of the four matches features a pair of familiar foes. Fourth-seeded Lansing (12-3-0) will host No. 5 Trumansburg (13-4-0), the defending sectional champ, in a match slated for 6 p.m.
The Bobcats and Blue Raiders split their two regular-season matches.
The winner will play in Thursday’s semifinals at Horseheads Middle School, against either IAC champion Waverly (15-1) or the survivor of today’s preliminary match between Watkins Glen and Sidney. The sectional finals are set for Saturday at Watkins Glen, at a time to be announced.
IAC Swimming and Diving
* Anna Conte won two individual events and swam on Lansing’s winning 200-yard medley relay to lead the Bobcats to the team title at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships, held Saturday at Watkins Glen.
Isabelle Corgel and Adele Ferris also won individual titles and swam on the winning relay team. Also winning for coach Diane Hicks Hughes’ Bobcats was diver Alex Steelman.
Ferris won the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2 minutes, 13.48 seconds, finishing more than nine seconds ahead of runner-up Corgel (2:22.70). Victoria Wixson of host Watkins Glen was third in 2:24.66.
Conte took first in the 50 freestyle, touching in 25.59 seconds, .43 seconds ahead of Dryden freshman Erin Daley. Lansing’s Allen was fourth in 27.36. Conte also won the 100 butterfly in 1:03.45, nearly a second better than the Senecas’ Sam Gill (1:04.37).
Ferris, who has already qualified for the state meet in the 500 freestyle, cruised to a nearly 39-second win in her event. She swam the distance in 5:18.06, just off her state qualifying time of 5:14.47 set earlier this season. Daylen Smith of Waverly was second on Saturday, in 5:56.91.
Erin Mattoon of Southern Cayuga was a double-winner on Saturday, taking both the 200 freestyle (2:07.85) and the 100 freestyle (57.67).
The Section 4 class championship meets are slated for this week, with the Class A meet to be held at Elmira, the Class B meet at Owego and the Class C event at Waverly.