PORTVILLE, NY — The second-seeded Portville High School girls soccer team defeated 10th-seeded Randolph, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the Section VI class C tournament.
Portville (12-3-2) controlled the ball for most of the game and had numerous scoring chances.
With 11:33 left in the first half, the Panthers got on the board. Freshman forward
Teagan Kosinski broke free into the box and shot the ball into the bottom right corner to give her team a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, with 29 minutes left, Kosinski struck again. This time, senior midfielder Harley Robison found Kosinski on a through ball, and she finished it with a low shot into the net.
With the game nearing its end, Randolph (4-11-1) finally put one in, but it was too late. With just two seconds left in the game, senior midfielder Valerie Crouse found sophomore forward Tyra Clark in front of the goal and she put it past the goalkeeper to make it 2-1.
While the Panthers weren’t able to capitalize on all of their chances, head coach Mark Bossert knew that sometimes that’s just how the game goes.
“We’ve had it happen several times this year when we’re able to keep the ball in our half for stretches of time and not always get a good clean shot off,” Bossert said. “Part of this is due to Randolph being very good defensively, and part of it is just because that’s how the game goes sometimes.”
Bossert is confident in his team going forward and believes if they can make some changes tactically they will be able to make a run at the title.
“I believe if we can control the ball in the midfield and change it to the other side of the field when we need to, as well as stay in position defensively, then we have just as good as a shot as anybody else,” Bossert said
Portville will play the number three seed Westfield in the semifinals on Monday. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. at Eden High School.
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