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2018-11-07 / Sports

Eagles Fall to Cincinnatus in Regional Finals

By Rosie Cunningham


Downsville goalie Olivia Brunner makes a save against Cincinnatus’s Montana Wolf as teammates Mackenzie Burnham and Zelda Adams look on during Downsville’s 1-0 NYSPHSAA Regional loss at Herkimer Community College on Friday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Downsville goalie Olivia Brunner makes a save against Cincinnatus’s Montana Wolf as teammates Mackenzie Burnham and Zelda Adams look on during Downsville’s 1-0 NYSPHSAA Regional loss at Herkimer Community College on Friday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter HERKIMER – Cincinnatus took down the Eagles 1-0 on Friday during the Class D girls soccer regional final.

Downsville topped South Kortright 3-0, last Monday in the Section IV Class D championship game to advance to the quarterfinal.

“Overall, I thought we played extremely well against a very good opponent that had highly skilled players all over the field,” Downsville head coach Burt Reed said of the game on Friday. “I felt that defensively, we held our shape and kept them out wide for large parts of the game. Offensively, we struggled once in the final third, against the wall they built with defenders. We needed to get in behind earlier in the attack and also get the ball wide and keep it there. We had a tendency to cut the ball back into the middle and when we did that, we were met with a wall of defenders.”


Downsville’s Emily Brown plays the ball during her team’s Friday loss to Cincinnatus. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Downsville’s Emily Brown plays the ball during her team’s Friday loss to Cincinnatus. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Downsville controlled possession early in the first half but couldn’t turn it into shots, finishing with just three in the loss.

Ten minutes into the second half is when the

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Downsville’s Maddy Ackerly heads the ball in front of Cincinnatus’s McKayla Maroney during Downsville’s 1-0 NYSPHSAA Regional loss at Herkimer Community College on Friday.

strike happened, Cincinnatus’ Deslinn Rutan sent a ball back toward

the middle of the field, which was collected by teammate Montana Wolf, who sent a shot from the top of the box over the hands of Eagle keeper Olivia Brunner.

“I thought everyone played extremely well on Friday, but offensively Kailee (Young) and Zelda (Adams) were fantastic and commanded a lot of attention from the Cincinnatus defense. As for defensively, Emily was outstanding, running down dangerous balls and players all over the field and I felt Olivia played her best game of the year in goal and let nothing by her. The goal they scored was a tremendous shot and Olivia had no chance of getting it.”

The coach added that overall, it was a phenomenal season.

“We improved as the season progressed and I’m so proud of these girls,” said Reed. “The seniors on this team will be missed.”

Downsville is graduating 12 seniors: Kenzy Hammond, Emily Brown, Luccia Martucci, Mackenzie Burnham, Maddy Ackerly, Kayla Zamenick, Ka- tie Hendrickson, Cheyanne Ryder, Madison Rhodes, Taylor Roseo, Alexa Pastrana Vasquez and Ariannah Norwood.

“Overall, I was tremendously happy with our season,” said Reed. “The girls exceeded expectations and winning my second section title is very exciting for me as well as the girls. I will remember this season for the hard work and fun we had at practice. Everyday, my staff and I would bring something new in to challenge and improve the girls and they accepted it and put 100 percent into it everyday. I want to thank the community for all the support. We had so many fans at the regional final. The sea of purple was amazing.”

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