Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Green beats Fayetteville-Manlius in Shendehowa Girls’ Soccer to enter State Final Four

HERKIMER – With less than seven minutes to go in regulation, Shendehowa senior Georgia Green scored her second goal of the game to propel her team to the state semifinals.

Green’s long-range shot from 30 yards went over the keeper and into the back of the net, giving the plainsman a 2–1 win over Section III Class AA champions Fayetteville-Manlius at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association regional. Got it. Final Saturday at Herkimer County Community College’s Wehram Stadium.

“I didn’t see the goalkeeper. I just hit it,” said Green.

Green’s goal was the only score for both sides in the second half as Shenendová traveled to the following weekend’s state semi-finals.

“I am very proud of the way we played today,” said Shenandoah’s coach Holly Nirsberger.

Green also scored the first goal of the game with an assist from Taylor Jourdanis for the plainsmen, with 29:47 remaining in the first half.

Fayetteville-Manlius responded exactly 4:08 later when Lauren Clarke scored on a corner kick from Morgan Goodman.

“It was good to get the first goal, but they came right back and answered,” Nirsberger said.

Despite taking a 7–2 lead in shots, Shenendehova was unable to score again in the opening half, drawing the game 1–1.
“We had better chances in the first half than in the second,” Nirsberger said.

After the break, the Hornets finished with a 5-2 lead in shots, but it was the plainsmen who were able to find the back of the net.

Green took his team to victory with only 6:40 and a shot from a long distance to make the final score 2-1.

“Georgia has been huge. She’s important to us,” Nirsberger said. “That goal, in this big game, was huge.”

Eva Pflom made five stops for the plainsmen, while Campbell Douxza made four saves for the Hornets.

“It feels great,” Green said. “I didn’t expect that we would go that far this year. We are taking it game-by-play and want to keep going for as long as we can.”

Shenendhova (15-3-1 on aggregate) will face Section I champion Arlington at Tompkins Cortland Community College in the state semifinal next Saturday. Arlington registered a 1-0 win over Section IX champions Monroe-Woodbury on Friday.

Fayetteville-Manlius finished their season with an 11-6-1 overall record.

Halftime Score: 1-1 draw. Shenendehova Scoring: Green 2-0, Jourdanese 0-1. Fayetteville-Manlius: Clark 1-0, Goodman 0-1. Goalkeepers: Shenendehova, Pflom, 5 saved. Fayetteville-Manlius, Dauksza, 4 saves.

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In a back-and-forth fight, Section III champions Fayetteville-Manlius won 3–2 over Shenendhova in the Class AA boys’ regional final.

“Credit to FM, they made the most of their opportunities today,” said Shenandoah coach Jonathan Bain.

Riley Warren-Nichols scored twice for Fayetteville-Manlius, while Antonino Pagano added a goal and an assist. Pagano has scored 41 goals and 10 assists for the Hornets this season.

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Mark Makhtadze finished with a goal and an assist for Shenandoahova, while Lochlen Clark also scored.

“Our overall resilience this season was great. Not only to deal with a pandemic, but within individual sports as well,” Bain said. “Our ability to fight and move forward was impressive.”

Pagano opened the scoring in the competition at just 7:35, ending the breakaway with a shot that kissed from the inside of the left post for a 1–0 lead for the Hornets.

“The first goal was just a miss by us and a great finish by them,” Bain said.

Shenendhova also leveled 1-1 when Mkhtadze scored a corner kick in the first half with a 19:45.

The Hornets, however, took the lead at 11:43 at half when Warren-Nicholas scored to give Fayetteville-Manlius a 2-1 lead in the half.
Despite his team’s loss, Bain said he had confidence in his team’s chances in the second half.

“I realized at halftime that we could score another goal and we did,” he said. “Unfortunately, we gave it back immediately.”

Makhtadze found Clarke with a cross that Clarke went home with 33:30 in the second half to tie the game 2–2.

The Hornets responded with the final game-winning goal only 55 seconds later when Warren-Nicholas scored on a corner kick by Pagano to make it 3-2.

“That third goal was the back breaker,” Bain said.

Shenendhova spent the rest of the game trying the game for the third time as well, sending serve after serve into the box, only to turn them away.

“We were at the door,” Bain said. “At this stage. There is very little difference and it is the difference between victory and defeat.”

Noah Flint made a save for the plainsman and was injured before being replaced by Andrew Moulton, who made three saves.

Jake LaValle made eight saves for the Hornets.

Fayetteville-Manlius (19-0-1 on aggregate) reached the state semifinals the following weekend in Middletown. The Hornets will face either Section XI champion West Islip (17-2-1 on aggregate) or Section VIII champion Westbury (11-4-1 on aggregate). West Islip and Westbury meet on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Shenendhova ended her season 14-1-4. It was the first loss for the Plainsmen since losing to Fairpoint in the state semifinals in 2019.

“It’s been a phenomenal group to coach,” Bain said. “it’s hurts.”

Halftime Score: Fayetteville-Manlius takes a 2-1 lead. Shenendehova Scoring: Makhtadze 1-1, Clark 1-0. Fayetteville-Manlius Scoring: Pagano 1-1, Warren-Nicholas 2-0. Goalkeepers: Shendehowa, Flint, 1 save, Moulton, 3 save. Fayetteville-Manlius, Lavelle, saves 8.

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