After nearly 70 minutes of play in the Section 9 Class B semifinals, Aislinn Speranza came alive.
Speranza scored twice in just over five minutes to give her top-seeded Spackenkill High School girls soccer team a 2-1 victory over visiting No. 5 Onteora, and a spot in the finals.
The two-time defending Section 9 Class B champ Spartans (15-1-1) take on No. 2 James I. O’Neill at 2 p.m. Thursday at Faller Field in Middletown.
“We were controlling the game,” Spackenkill coach Mike Corbett said, noting his team’s 13-2 advantage in shots on goal in the half, but a 1-0 halftime deficit. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the net.”
Speranza tied the game at the 29:50 mark in the second half off Abigail Kaufmann’s assist, and scored the game winner at the 34:57 mark with Morgan Dominick making the pass. In all, Spackenkill outshot Onteora, 20-6, with Meghan Pantano stopping five Onteora shots and Sela Rega making 16 saves at the other end.
“Onteora played a great game. They really came to beat us,” Corbett said. “At the beginning we weren’t ready for it. We regrouped.”
Onteora finished 14-3, with all three losses coming to Spackenkill.