HILTON — The celebration was somewhat businesslike after the Honeoye Falls-Lima boys soccer team beat Wilson on Friday night to win the Class A2 title. Maybe that was because the final score was 4-0 and unlike the past two years, when HF-L edged Pittsford Sutherland in overtime, the result was well in hand before the final horn.
Or maybe it was because this was the top-seeded Cougars’ third straight title. But perhaps the best explanation was this: HF-L (15-3-1) has designs on doing a lot more this postseason.
“I think we have bigger plans,” said junior goalkeeper Nico Coria, who was named the match MVP for his team. “Our plan is to beat the winner of this game right here. That’s the one that gets us to states.”
Coria pointed at Greece Athena and Greece Arcadia, which were about to play for the Class A1 title, as he said that. HF-L meets the winner at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Spencerport in the state qualifying match. It lost to Athena two years ago. Last season, the Cougars beat Athena but saw their season end, 2-1, in overtime to Grand Island in the Far West Regionals.
“I think they’re happy to win this championship and we’re excited but we certainly want to go further,” said HF-L coach Mike Merrill, whose team has outscored opponents, 56-9.
Despite losing, second-seeded Wilson (10-6) out of the Rochester City Athletic Conference, made school history. The Wildcats reached the final for the first time, but they couldn’t hang with HF-L, which saw three defenders stop shots from going in and led 2-0 at halftime.
Wilson held HF-L off the scoreboard until 5:50 remained in the first half. Junior Roth Wetzel sent in a cross and Tanner Smith nodded it home in front for his first goal this fall.
“All I had to do was put it in there and Tanner, Parker (Hotchkiss) and Kieran (Papalia) they’re all really good at going up and getting that ball so all I had to do was put it in the right spot,” Wetzel said.
Wetzel has a team-best 11 assists. Just 3:17 later, he made it 2-0 by rifling home a 15-yard shot after a poor clear.
Papalia (16 goals), one of only four seniors on the team, and Hotchkiss (12) added two second-half goals for HF-L.
“They’re a big, strong physical team. When we watched them in the semifinals, we knew we had our hands full,” said Wilson coach Scott Miller, whose team rebounded from a 2-4 start this season. “To get here is a great feeling for them and I’m proud of them.”