Lansing showed Friday why it is the top-ranked Class C girls soccer team in the New York state.
The Bobcats were overwhelming from start to finish, breaking through for a pair of goals late in the first half on their way to a 5-0 victory over defending champion Unatego in the Section 4 Class C title game.
Shea McCartney had two goals and an assist for Lansing (18-0), which captured its fifth Section 4 title in seven years and will next play the Section 3 champion in a state quarterfinal game Saturday at a site to be determined.
Lansing had reached Friday’s final after rallying for a 2-1 semifinal victory over Spencer-Van Etten, a game which marked the first time all year that the Bobcats had trailed.
They faced no such dilemma against Unatego, though it did take a while to break through on the scoreboard despite relentless pressure against the Spartans.
Deep in Unatego territory, McCartney took possession in the box and sent a pass back out to Elena Parkins, who fired a shot just over 25 yards away that grazed off the left post and into the net for a 1-0 lead with 5:01 remaining.
“It was really big,” Parkins said. “We like to score in the first five minutes, so it was late for us. I kept taking those shots and they just kept missing by a little bit.”
Less than three minutes later, Lansing struck again. Parkins sent a corner kick into the box, the ball bouncing off a defender before coming to Reilly Zajac, who boomed a shot into the far right corner for a goal to make it 2-0.
Lansing kept up the pressure in the second half. Madeline Boerman scored on a 15-yard shot with 31:55 remaining, then McCartney tallied back-to-back goals in a 57-second span with under 10 minutes remaining.
The Bobcats enjoyed an 18-9 shot advantage, including 12-1 in the first half.
“(The girls) kept to our identity,” Lansing coach Eric Stickel said. We’re not really going to adapt too much to who we’re playing, we’ll make them adapt to us. We do our thing, we’ll be fine.
“This is a special group, deserving of this game.”
Goalie Megan Faulkner made 12 saves for Unatego, which did have some decent offensive chances, particularly in the second half but could not sustain consistent pressure.
“This group is so young, I only have three seniors,” Unatego coach Sue Herodes said. “We lost 10 players from last year’s (Section 4 Class C) championship team. For us to jell together as well as we did this season, I can’t ask for more.”