The brackets for girls’ and boys’ soccer in Section 4 Class C look very similar, with Elmira Notre Dame and Lansing hosting semifinals as the top two seeds and Trumansburg meeting the top-seeded Crusaders in the semis in both.
The Interscholastic Athletic Conference flavor is distinct, especially on the girls’ side, where sixth-seed Marathon rounds out the semifinal quartet. And four will become two in the girls’ bracket on Tuesday evening, as Notre Dame (14-1-0) hosts the Blue Raiders (11-5-0) and Lansing (12-4-1) hosts the Olympians (11-3-1) for the right to play for the title on Friday in Norwich.
The Notre Dame-Trumansburg game is set for 3:30 p.m. on the turf at Brewer Memorial Stadium in Elmira. Marathon-Lansing has been pushed back 90 minutes to 5 p.m., under the lights at Sobus Field in Lansing; according to Lansing director of athletics Adam Heck, the move was made so students wouldn’t have to miss class time.
The boys’ semifinals pit No. 1 Elmira Notre Dame (16-0-0) against No. 5 Trumansburg (10-4-2) and No. 2 Lansing (15-1-1) against third seed Greene (15-1). The Crusaders vs. Blue Raiders is slated for 3:30 p.m. at Brewer Memorial, but there is less certainty regarding the time — and even the date — of the Bobcats-Trojans contest.
According to Heck, who’s also the Lansing soccer coach, the time of the game could be pushed back 90 minutes, although a decision was still pending as of Monday afternoon. He also said that there is a possibility that the game could be played on Thursday, due to the threat of rain on Wednesday.
The local forecast Monday called for a 80 percent chance of rain and wind in excess of 20 miles per hour on Wednesday.
Both Notre Dame teams were dominant during the regular season and are ranked among the top Class C squads in the state. The Crusader girls’ only loss was to Class B Dryden, 2-0, in the IAC Large School final on Oct. 17 at Tompkins Cortland Community College, but END got back on track Friday in their sectional quarterfinal match, scoring just 43 seconds in and rolling past Sidney, 7-0.
Notre Dame was 15th in last week’s state Class C rankings. The Crusaders will face a Trumansburg squad that advanced with a 5-0 defeat of Bainbridge-Guilford on Friday at Tarbell Stadium.
Lansing, despite making last season’s state final and going unbeaten for much of this season, hasn’t been ranked all year under first-year coach Ken Kutler. The Bobcats’ only losses this season have come to larger schools — to Class AA squads Cicero-North Syracuse and eighth-ranked Baldwinsville, and twice in three days to Dryden at the end of the regular season.
Marathon’s girls upended third seed Unadilla Valley, 1-0, in their Friday quarterfinal.
Unlike their girls’ counterparts, the Notre Dame boys have had no hiccups this season. Coach Brian Adams’ squad, ranked third in the state, has outscored its 16 opponents by an amazing 149-3 and reached double-digits nine times, including a 10-0 blanking of Trumansburg in an IAC contest on Sept. 24 in Elmira.
Notre Dame beat Lansing in the IAC Large School final, 5-0, and cruised past visiting Spencer-Van Etten, 8-0, in their sectional quarterfinal on Saturday.
The Crusaders are looking to defend their Class C title but advance to the state tournament for the first time since 1986. That’s because last year’s sectional championship team withdrew from states when it was discovered that, due to a residency issue, the Crusaders had used an ineligible player all season. Notre Dame was ranked No. 1 in the state at the end of the regular season.
Notre Dame beat Lansing, 2-0, in last year’s sectional final but it was the Bobcats who moved on to states for the fourth year in a row. Lansing fell to eventual champion Rhinebeck, 2-1, in the state semifinals.
Heck’s Bobcats, ranked fifth in the state, earned their semifinal berth with Saturday’s 4-1 defeat of seventh seed Marathon, while Greene was a 2-1 winner over visiting Delhi in the quarterfinals. The T-burg boys edged fourth seed Tioga, 1-0, in their quarterfinal game at Tioga to earn another shot at the Crusaders.
CLASS B GIRLS: Fourth seed Dryden (13-2-1) heads to top-seeded Seton Catholic Central (12-1) on Tuesday for a rematch of last year’s semifinal, won by the Saints, 3-0. Dryden’s only two losses this season came in September, to Trumansburg and to state-ranked South Seneca in the final of the GLM Memorial Tournament in Watkins Glen.
Not only will a berth in Friday’s title game in Norwich be on the line, but the Section 4 scoring record is within reach for Dryden senior Taylor Bennett. The Syracuse-bound star has 33 goals for the season and 185 for her six-year varsity career; she’s just three goals shy of the Section 4 mark set by 2009 Lansing grad Rachael Palladino, who went on to play for four years at Ithaca College.
The Dryden-Seton winner will meet either second seed Chenango Forks (13-1-0) or third seed Susquehanna Valley (8-5-1) in Friday’s Class B final.