On maybe its lone quality chance of the night, Pearl River converted.
Senior Shaelynn Guilfoyle lined a beauty of a shot into the side-netting with 3 minutes, 18 seconds left and the Pirates defeated Section 4’s Vestal, 1-0, Tuesday at Johnson City High.
Pearl River (13-5-1) advances to play Section 9’s Goshen in a Class A state quarterfinal at 11 a.m. Saturday at Middletown.
On this pleasant autumn night, neither side created many scoring chances. The ball spent much of the night bouncing between the teams’ 30s and goalies Katherine Carstensen of Pearl River and Alyssa Warren didn’t see much action.
That changed late in the second half. Vestal had two chances to clear the ball but both failed. The ball popped out to Guilfoyle on the right side and about 20 yards out. Guilfoyle quickly turned a shot with her right leg. The moment it left her foot it looked perfect. Warren made a lunging effort but touched nothing but air and Guilfoyle celebrated with her teammates.
“I really have no idea how it happened it all,” Guilfoyle said of her winner. “I just took a right-footed shot and it went the side-netting. It was good timing in the game. It was toward the end and they had to scramble.”
Added Pirates coach Tim Peabody: “They knew what to do with her all game long, channeling her wide, wide, wide. She didn’t get any looks. That was probably her best look of the day. You have to tip your cap because that was a great shot.”
The game’s other two quality scoring chances went to Vestal and both came in the first half.
With 24:10 left, Vestal’s Nicole Chisdak had possession on the right side and sent a cross to the far post. Sophomore Annie Fahrenkrug made a mad dash to it but came up inches short. Fahrenkrug wound up in Pearl River’s goal after the play.
“I asked what size shoe she wears,” Vestal coach Bill Stepanovsky said. “She said a 9. I told her she would have had a goal if it was a 9 ½.”
Carstensen tipped away a shot by Lauren Myers about three minutes later.
Vestal finishes its season at 16-2-1.