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The Telegram
  • BOYS' SOCCER: Poland reaches Class D Final Four

  • NOVEMBER 10 BOYS' SOCCER



    Playing with their starting goalkeeper sidelined Saturday, the Poland Tornadoes persevered through overtime and survived a penalty kick shootout to earn a spot in the state’s Class D Final Four.

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  • POLAND 1, MARATHON 1 (Poland advances on penalty kicks)
    Playing with their starting goalkeeper sidelined Saturday, the Poland Tornadoes persevered through overtime and survived a penalty kick shootout to earn a spot in the state’s Class D Final Four.
    Junior Max Morrissey stepped in for Mitch Jones after his classmate was knocked out of the game by a collision with 2 1/2 minutes left in regulation. Morrissey, whose own action was limited by a leg injury for most of the season, stepped in to finish the second half and play both overtime periods; he made six saves to preserve a 1-1 tie then stepped back between the posts for the shootout.
    “I just told him, ‘This is your house now,’” Jones said of his advice to Morrissey at the start of overtime, “He had to do his job and he did it. I’m real proud of him.”
    Poland’s shooters went 5-for-5 on their penalty kicks while the first three Olympian kickers converted for Marathon. Jeff Contri, Marathon’s sweeper and scorer of the tying goal with 5:35 left in regulation play, fired wide of the right post on his kick and gave Ross Agen a chance to seal the win for Poland (17-0-4). Agen, a junior, calmly lined up his shot and sent the ball between goalie Kyle Young and the left post into the back of the net.
    “It’s not fun to be on the other end of that,” Poland coach Greg Haver said, “but we’ll take it.”
    Poland led 1-0 at halftime on Mark Hennings’ goal off a Cody Broadbent corner kick. Broadbent served the ball from the left corner into the crowd in front of the goal. Hennings outleaped Contri to head the ball into the net at the 16:43 mark.
    Contri evened the score in the 75th minute with a header of his own. Jacob Doran served the ball from the same corner as Broadbent and Contri charged from up the field to redirect the ball past Jones.
    The tying goal came with Jones in goal for Poland. A short time later, Jones jumped to grab a ball coming in from his right and was hit from behind by Marathon’s Tyler Abbott. Jones landed awkwardly and was examined on the field before being helped off by teammates. For his part, Abbott received a red card and left his team to play 10-on-11 for the rest of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime.
    The Tornadoes had a second goal waived of in the first half. Hennings was offside on Broadbent’s shot from the right wing. The shot came on the counterattack after Jones had laid out to make a save at the far end of the field.
    Jones was credited with 10 saves for the Tornadoes who were outshot 17-16. Young had 11 saves for Marathon (16-2-1).
    Page 2 of 2 - Poland’s semifinal opponent will be Section VII champion Chazy, a 7-0 regional winner Saturday over Heuvelton of Section X. The teams will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the second Class D semifinal at Middletown’s Twin Towers Middle School. Chazy has won five state championships since 2004, including 2007 when the Eagles beat Poland’s last Section III championship team in the title match.
    Section II Fort Ann meets the winner of Saturday’s western regional — Section V Jasper-Troupsburg vs. Section VI North Collins — at 9:15 a.m. The championship match will be played the following day at 12:30 p.m.

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