Wheatley falls in NYS Class B final
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The scoring chances came in bunches and the shots either went wide or were stopped by Broadalbin-Perth goalkeeper Madison Wilcox. Wheatley dominated play for most of the game and that's why the outcome was tough for the Wildcats to digest.
A terrific run for Wheatley came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Broadalbin-Perth in the state Class B boys soccer championship Sunday at Middletown High School. Broadalbin-Perth is 19-0-3.
"We had great opportunities," Wheatley senior Jonathan Kowalczyk said. "We just didn't finish. We could have won it all. I'm disappointed we didn't win it all."
Wilcox, who made six saves, made one of his biggest less than 10 minutes into the game. Another time, two different defenders kicked the ball out before it could go into the net on consecutive shots in the 24th minute, and then Wilcox made a diving save five minutes later to stop the Wildcats.
"I thought we dominated," Wheatley coach Steve Cadet said. "I thought we had the better chances. Sometimes you get lucky bounces and we didn't get them. They had maybe two shots in the second half and put one of them away. "
It came on a terrific play by Ben Bellandi. He dribbled around two Wheatley defenders to get an open look at the goal and drilled a shot that curved into the left corner with 13:14 left.
"I thought we had it defensively," Cadet said. "Even when he got the shot off the goalie covered it well. They got their one on target and our seven or eight were off target."
Sticking to the theme of the game, one minute after the goal Wheatley (15-4-2) had another good chance to score, but a shot went wide.
"We usually outshoot teams and outpossess teams," Cadet said. "It was a great year. The kids won't realize it for a little while."
Wheatley started seniors at every position except one and they capped their careers with two consecutive Nassau Class B titles and the second best team in the state. It was the first time the Wildcats lost to a Class B team this season.
"We thought we could win it all," Kowalczyk said. "It just didn't work out. It was a great season, but a little disappointing in the end. It didn't end the way we wanted it to."