CORTLAND — The only thing that could ruin Chateaugay’s bid for a perfect season was a perfect shot, and Tara Seigle delivered one for Poland ‘s girls soccer team at the right time Sunday.
The junior forward’s second goal of the match gave the Tornadoes the lead for good midway in the second overtime period and the Section III team held on for a 3-2 victory in the Class D final at Cortland State. Twice Poland (21-1) took a lead in the second half but both times the Bulldogs (21-1) evened the score in dramatic fashion to force extra time.
Seigle’s goal came off a short pass from freshman Mikayla Blumenstock. It was in the middle of the field and Seigle had enough room to hit a floater of more than 30 yards that Bulldogs goalie Makayla Fleury jumped high to get, but was just beyond her reach. Unlike the first two scores, Poland had better possession after the score and was able to run out the clock, with a late corner kick being Chateaugay’s best chance to force more OT drama.
“The kids played well; we ran into a real good team,” Chateaugay Coach Steve Lang said. “We played with them at times and better them at times.
“We thought we had a chance to win after we tied it at 2. We wanted to win bad because Section X has never won a state title (in girls’ soccer) and for our fans. They were so supportive with their donations of money and food …”
There wasn’t a lot of drama early as both defenses limited scoring chances. Chateaugay’s best runs in the first half were by Hannah Cook and Alexis Beach while Seigle, Blumenstock and Paige Sullivan helped direct Poland ‘s precise passing.
“The first half was back-and-forth, but the second half was more wide open, people started spreading out and both sides stepped up play,” Lang said.