MORRISVILLE, N.Y. — The Poland Tornadoes earned the chance to defend their Section III title with Wednesday’s 3-0 shutout of Cincinnatus in a Class D semifinal at SUNY-Morrisville.
Poland had beaten Cincinnatus 5-3 in last year’s final in Chittenango. The Tornadoes’ opponent Saturday will be undefeated Copenhagen, the No. 1 seed and a 2-1 winner semifinal Tuesday over Remsen.
Sophomore Mikayla Blumenstock had a hat trick Thursday for Poland (16-2-0), adding three goals to the school’s career record she broke in the Tornadoes’ previous win. Shiane Irwin and Jourdan Flansburg each assisted on one goal scored by Blumenstock who had two goals before halftime and one after.
Neither Courtney Green nor Claire Lepper was called upon to make a save in the shutout for Poland.
Carly McCumber had 16 saves for Cincinnatus (16-3-0).
Poland and Copenhagen will play at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on SUNY-Cortland’s red field in the second match of a championship tripleheader. Little Falls and Beaver River will play the Class C match at 2 p.m. East Syracuse-Minoa meets Jamesville-DeWitt in the Class A final at 7 p.m.
LOWVILLE, N.Y. — Copenhagen’s undefeated Golden Knights broke a tie with a goal in the second half Tuesday and earned a spot in Section III’s Class D title match with their 2-1 victory over the Remsen Rams.
The Golden Knights (18-0-0), seeded first for postseason play, will play Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on SUNY-Cortland’s red field against the winner of Wednesday’s match between No. 2 Poland, the defending sectional and state champion, and No. 3 Cincinnatus, last year’s sectional runner-up.
Tuesday’s match was tied at 1 at halftime at Lowville Academy. Emily Roberts’ goal in the second half broke the tie and proved to be the winner. Maci Spaulding had scored earlier for the Golden Knights and Mackenzie Wheeler made nine saves.
Elisha Hamilton scored for the Rams (14-3-0) with an assist from Joleen Marfone. Mieka Scott made 12 saves.
Remsen’s two previous losses were against Poland.