They took place hours apart and at different locations. But the winning goal that sent the Rhinebeck girls soccer team to the final might as well have been an instant replay of the one that punched Spackenkill’s ticket there earlier on Thursday.
First, Morgan Dominick scored on a free kick in the 60th minute as top-seeded Spackenkill High School beat No. 4 Dover, 2-1, in a Section 9 Class B girls soccer semifinal.
The midfielder gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead, launching the ball from 28 yards over the heads of the defenders, and curving it into the upper right corner with what coach Mike Corbett called “picture-perfect placement.”
Later on, Michelle Giamportone scored on a free kick — in almost identical fashion — to lift No. 3 Rhinebeck over second-seeded James I. O’Neill, 1-0, in the other semifinal.
Giamportone, from 26 yards, lofted the ball over the defensive wall and hooked it just beneath the crossbar eight minutes into the second half.
The mirror-image goals set up a face-to-face. The Hawks will meet Spackenkill in the final at noon Saturday at Marlboro High School. The Spartans have won four straight sectional Class B titles and Rhinebeck moved up to “B” after winning the Class C championship last year.
“We faced Rhinebeck twice already and gave them their only two losses, so they’ll be prepared and fired up to face us,” Corbett said, referring to the teams’ regular season meeting and their matchup in the Mid-Hudson Athletic League semifinals. “They’ve got us scouted and it’s hard to beat a team three times.”
Gabby Prichard scored on a penalty kick in the 58th minute and Savannah Barefoot made three saves for Spackenkill (18-0) against Dover. Backs Lexie Close and Alyssa Barahona, stopper Julia Riehl and sweeper Brooke Scianna anchored a Spartans defense that controlled the game.
Dani Amidon made 11 saves, including a stop of a corner kick with 25 seconds left as the Hawks (14-2) held on to beat O’Neill.
Rhinebeck coach Matt Grande said his team will have to “get the ball wider” against Spackenkill and avoid contending as much with its midfield play. The Hawks also are nursing some injuries, he said.
“It’s gonna be just as intense as ever,” Dominick said of facing Rhinebeck. “It’s going to be a tough, interesting game.”
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