The Admirals are moving on.
Rallying from behind in the New York State Class AA regional semifinal, the Arlington High School girls soccer team defeated Section 4’s Elmira, 2-1, advancing to the regional final.
Arlington (18-3) will visit Section 9 champion Monroe-Woodbury on Tuesday at Middletown High School.
Heading into the regional semifinal, the Admirals were no strangers to playing from behind, having trailed in both the Section 1 Class AA quarterfinals and semifinals.
“Both in (sectional) quarterfinal and semifinal matches, we were down, we were losing both of those games,” Arlington head coach Kieran McIlvenny said. “We have a really strong pool of players and I think one of the strengths has been being able to rotate players in and keep things fresh. That’s been working for us all year.”
The winning score came from Meggie Buttinger, who side-footed a shot from in front into the corner of the net off an assist from Molly Feighan with 3:59 to play. Allie Coon scored the tying goal off a rebound with 7:39 to go.
Elmira scored in the game’s 12th minute, and McIlvenny praised the play of the Express: “They were fantastic and I know how hard it is to lose, and I applaud the effort from them. Their team was fantastic. It was just a great match.”
Arlington is seeking its first-ever state championship. The Admirals last played in the regional tournament in 2012, but went on to lose to Washingtonville, 2-0.