Upset Saturday: Section 1 boys soccer finals
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On Saturday at SUNY Purchase, the world of Section 1 boys soccer was turned upside down. We saw big-time upsets in the three biggest games.
In Class AA, No. 13-seeded Greeley became the lowest seed to ever win a Section 1 AA boys soccer title, edging No. 3-seeded John Jay-EF, 2-1. The Patriots were ranked No. 12 in the most recent NYS Class AA poll.
In Class A, No. 7-seeded Lakeland pulled off the biggest shocker of the day, blanking previously undefeated and No. 1-seeded Port Chester, 1-0. The Rams (18-1-1) were ranked No. 1 in the most recent NYS Class A poll.
In Class B, No. 3-seeded Blind Brook knocked off No. 1-seeded Bronxville, 2-1, in double-overtime. The Broncos were gunning for their second straight sectional crown.
MSG Varsity was there to provide wall-to-wall coverage of all three classic games. Check it out below:
Greeley 2, John Jay-EF 1
The No. 13-seeded Quakers became the lowest seed to ever win the Section 1 Class AA championship. Even more impressive, Greeley was led by 25-year old first-year coach Adam Borman. Jeremy Kesselhaut was the standout for the Quakers, burying a pair of second-half goals on breakaways. Freshman Oliver Harrison recorded an assist on Kesselhaut's second goal, giving Greeley a two-goal cushion in the 70th minute. Ryan Kaplan tallied the lone goal for No. 3-seeded John Jay-EF in the 75th minute. It was the only goal Greeley's defense gave up in four playoff wins. Keeper Harris Pollack spearheaded the effort with three saves. The Quakers, who last won a sectional title back in 2007, will play Section 9 champ Newburgh in the regional semifinals on November 8 at 4 p.m. at Middletown's Faller Field.
Lakeland 1, Port Chester 0
No. 7-seeded Lakeland (14-4-2) pulled off the upset of the year, shocking previously undefeated and No. 1-seeded Port Chester (18-1-1). Sebastian Marquez scored the game's lone goal less than two minutes into regulation, pouncing on a long-range free kick from Gonzalo Prando. Lakeland keeper Steven Reiche was fantastic in net, making 10 saves to blank a potent Rams offense for the first time all year. In addition to Reiche, sophomore defender Jon Pinto came up huge, sticking like glue to Port Chester star Kevin Riveros. It marked Lakeland's first Section 1 title since 2004 and fourth in school history. The Hornets, who have never won a state tournament game, will square off against Section 9's Goshen in the regional quarterfinals on November 9 at 4 p.m. at Middletown's Faller Field. Goshen defeated Byram Hills in the regional finals last year. The Rams — ranked No. 1 in the most recent NYS Class A poll — created countless opportunities but struggled with their finishing. Port Chester was going for its first sectional title since 1994. It was the first time the Rams had played in a final since 2005. Port Chester defeated Lakeland — which was top-seeded and 18-1 at the time — in the '05 semifinals.
Blind Brook 2, Bronxville 1 (2OT)
The No. 3-seeded Trojans (14-4-2) edged defending champ and No. 1-seeded Bronxville (16-2-1) in a double-overtime thriller. Blind Brook won it with 5:49 left in the second overtime on an own goal by Bronxville. Trojans senior captain Matthew Christal set it up with a low, line drive corner kick toward the near post that deflected off a defender and into the net. Senior striker Lucas McBride gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute, blasting a beautiful dipping free kick that ricocheted off the bottom of the cross bar and in. Bronxville senior defender Ned Carpenter got the equalizer in dramatic fashion, finishing a corner kick with 46 seconds left in regulation. The Broncos lost starting goalie Jack Connors midway through the first overtime period with a leg injury. It marked the first-ever Class B sectional title for Blind Brook, which won the Class C title in 2009. The Trojans will play Section 9 champ Burke Catholic in the regional semifinals on November 8 at SUNY Purchase at 5 p.m.