Photos by Steve Harrison, story by John Anderson
The Canisteo-Greenwood girls’ soccer team scheduled several outstanding non-league opponents this season in addition to the tough Class C league schedule.
It paid off during the season with wins over quality opponents and paid off Tuesday night to open the Section V soccer sectional tournament with a 1-0 victory over Bishop Kearney.
The only goal was a penalty kick by Kylie Williamson at the 58th minute. In goal, Brooke Burd made six saves for the shutout.
Canisteo-Greenwood, the #5 seed, is now 15-2 and will play Marcus Whitman in the quarterfinals.
C-G coach Collin Button said the win was a result of everyone on the team doing their part for the shutout and the goal.
“We leaned a lot on some of our players. Kylie Williamson anchored the midfield and moved around all over the field to win the ball,” Button said. “Sarah Coddington, Mya Rexford and Riley Winans all applied some pressure on their defensive backs and created some nice chances. Brooke Burd, our senior goaltender, made some nice saves to preserve the shutout.
“Our defense led by Lillian Mullen and Elaine Roach did a great job keeping a strong attack from B-K in check,” Button added.
Canisteo-Greenwood was prepared for a 6 p.m. start. BK had to change it until 6:30 p.m. and when the bus was late, the game started at 7 p.m. It was a physical contest, but C-G has prepared for sectionals
“As one of three Class C schools in Steuben County, we have to ensure we build our non-league schedule with as many Class C or Class B schools as possible,” Button said. “The end the regular season 14-2 and come in as just a 5-seed, this tells you the level of competition that is in our sectionals.”
“Class C1 and C2 are loaded this year with 32 teams competing for one spot. Our county tournament games were good in a sense that they allowed us to see the tournament atmosphere,” Button continued. “The risk is playing all Class D schools which cold push you down further (less sectional posts for a win) but we were fortunate to have matched up with two class C schools. We ended up winning the tournament, which gave our girls a nice boost going into sectionals.”
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