Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
The 2017 Section V Girls Soccer Playoffs begin today, as several local teams have aspirations of claiming championship glory in the coming weeks.
Beginning in Class A, #9 Batavia (7-7-2) enters the tournament as the 9-seed, out of 15 teams, and hopes to work their way through a tough draw and perhaps have the opportunity to play for a title. First up for the Devils will be #8 Our Lady of Mercy (8-8-0) this Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 pm @ Mercy.
Batavia’s offense has been paced by sophomore midfielder Katie Moore, who recorded a total of 12 goals during the regular season, while seniors Brianna Bromley (6 goals) and Sophia Dinehart (6 goals) have served as solid compliments to the team’s leading scorer. In net for the Devils, Bri Janes has allowed just over 1.5 goals per game, and will give her team a chance to win on Wednesday.
In Class B, #16 Attica (0-14-0) heads to #1 Hornell (12-0-3) this afternoon for a 6:00 pm opening round contest. The Devils have struggled mightily throughout the regular season, and it would be shocking if they are able to pull of the upset tonight.
Four local squads will compete for the Class C1 championship, as #2 Byron-Bergen (11-4-1) [Oct. 20, 6:00 pm vs TBD @ B-B], #6 Pembroke (10-6-0) [Oct. 17, 6:00 pm vs #11 Holley (7-8-1) @ PEM], #8 Le Roy (9-5-2) [Oct. 17, 6:00 pm vs #9 Gananda (10-6-1)], and #11 Holley (7-8-1) [Oct. 17, 6:00 pm vs #6 Pembroke (10-6-1) @ PEM] will all begin their postseason journey this week.
For the second-seeded Bees, a trio of scorers have led them offensively throughout the regular season, as sophomores Kelsey Fuller (17 goals) and Miriam Tardy (16 goals), and senior Makenzie Muoio (12 goals) have been the pace-setters for their squad.
In Pembroke, the #6 Dragons will likely be led by senior Bethany Zwolinski (11 goals), and freshman Serene Calderon (10 goals) during the postseason, as both M/Fs have done a nice job sparking the team’s offense during the regular season.
Freshman forward Bryn Luckey has been perhaps the most-impressive individual performer throughout Class C1 locally, scoring 20 goals during the regular season and leading Le Roy to the #8 seed within their classification.
Holley’s Madison Papaj has been one of the top-goaltenders in the area this season, as the #11 Hawks will look to their senior leader to help them compete during the playoffs.
Three local squads will begin their trek towards the Class C2 Title this week. As #8 Alexander (6-10-0) [Oct. 17, 3:00 pm vs #9 Bloomfield (5-9-2) @ ALEX], #4 Cal-Mum (9-6-1) [Oct. 17, 6:00 pm vs #13 Oakfield/Elba (3-13-0) @ C-M], and #13 Oakfield/Elba (3-13-0) [Oct. 17, 6:00 pm vs #4 Cal-Mum (9-6-1)]
For Alexander, senior Lauren Hume sits in between the pipes as the team’s net-minder, and has recorded an 82.32 save % and has allowed just over 2 goals per game this season.
Cal-Mum’s Makenzie Wilson has been perhaps the most-impressive goalie within Class C2, finishing the regular season with a 90 save percentage. She will undoubtedly aid the Raiders’ efforts during the postseason.
In Oakfield/Elba, sophomore forward Kelly Mickey and junior midfield/forward Brenna Ilacqua have been the team’s two leading-scorers – recording 8 and 5 goals respectively during the regular year.
In Class D1, the defending NYSPHSAA Champion, #1 Wheatland-Chili Wildcats (14-1-1) [Oct. 21, 6:00 pm vs TBD @ W-C] are the leaders of the pack – which also features local squads #13 Pavilion (5-11-1) [Oct. 18, 6:00 pm vs #4 Kendall (12-4-0) @ KEN], and #10 Notre Dame (8-7-1) [Oct. 18, 5:00 pm vs #7 York (10-5-1) @ YOR].
Wheatland has the co-GR Players of the Year on their roster in Hannah and Abby Callaghan, along with a slew of other talented athletes which should allow the Wildcats to compete for yet another State Championship in 2017.
Junior midfield/forward Jordan Barrett (7 goals), along with senior captains Emma Milligan (5 goals) and Kim Davis (6 goals), have all propelled the Golden Gophers efforts on offense. Pavilion will have a tall task in #4 Kendall to open the postseason, but if they are to advance it will be this trio leading the way.
Callie McCulley (12 goals), Addison DiMatteo (8 goals), and Morgan Rhodes (7 goals) have all taken turns sparking the Notre Dame offense, and despite being the underdog in their upcoming matchup with #7 York, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Irish pull the upset in Round 1.
All in all, I expect an extremely competitive Section V Girls Soccer Tournament. Results should be rolling in soon, so stay tuned for my Section V Girls Soccer Scoreboard – coming soon!
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