By Chris Metcalf
NUNDA – When you combine to outscore your opponents 158-15 and finish a combined 28-5-1 on the season, it’s hard to imagine meeting that opponent in a sectional quarterfinal matchup.
But that’s exactly what is happening Friday night in Nunda, as No. 6 seeded Geneseo visits No. 3 Keshequa in a Section V Class C2 quarterfinal.
First kick is slated for 6 p.m.
This promises to be the game of the night in Section V.
Both teams split a pair of 1-0 contests this season.
Geneseo defeated Keshequa on Sept. 11 at Don DeBadts Field while the Lady Indians returned the favor with the same victory in Nunda Oct. 4.
Geneseo enters the game with a 13-3-1 record, outscoring opponents 64-8 on the year.
They are led offensively by seniors Maddie Mark (16G, 6A), Rachael Matthews (8G, 5A) and Emily Lamb (6G, 2A) along with a pair of freshmen in Madilyn Ladelphia (9G, 7A) and Alison Fowler (9G, 4A).
Other scoring contributors include sophomores Olivia Bucci (3G, 4A) and Sierra Whitney (3G) and seniors Britney Collado-Mendez (3G, 2A) and Lili Weber (3G).
Keshequa enters the game with a 15-2 record including outscoring opponents by a 94-7 margin.
The Lady Indians are led by the LCAA’s top scorer in freshman freshman Braelyn Isaman who has netted 24 goals with 10 assists.
Seniors Libby Benner (15G, 10A) and Kelsey Davis (7G, 12A) also bring the offensive firepower on game night.
Also for Keshequa, junior Madeline Strain (6G, 2A), sophomore Alivia Cartwright (4G, 12A) and seniors Julia Rautenstrauch (4G, 5A) and Payton Bugman (5G, 2A) also contribute on the offensive end.
Geneseo head coach Nick Drollette says his Lady Devils are expecting another highly competitive contest.
“Keshequa is very tough,” coach Drollette said. “We split the season series and I think both teams feel like they lost on the lone mistake they made that night. They are obviously very strong and they match up well with us in the midfield. The C2 bracket is insanely difficult so this is probably going to have some sectional final vibes in it. If you’re an impartial soccer fan, Friday is going to be fun.”
The winner of Friday’s game will play the winner of No. 2 Naples and No. 7 Wheatland-Chili.