PLATTSBURGH -- The road, so far, has been real good to the Seton Catholic girls' soccer team.

The Knights hope that trend continues over the weekend.

The Section VII Knights (21-1 overall) will take part in this weekend's NYSPHSAA Class C girls' soccer Final Four at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Seton Catholic opposes Section IV's Marathon in the Final Four semifinals today at 5:15 p.m.

To get this far, the top-ranked Knights recorded a 3-0 win over Section X's Brushton-Moira in regional play in Potsdam and then won a regional championship with a 5-3 victory over Section II's Maple Hill in a game played in the cold rain in Broadalbin last Saturday.

"Unfortunately, it's a five-hour trip to the Final Four, but that's the way it is," said Seton Catholic coach Sam Menton. "But, we've won some big games away from our home field and will be prepared for what happens. The girls are very excited about the weekend and know what to expect. They're ready to play."

Marathon, which is located not very far from Cortland, will have the home-field advantage and is 17-3-1 overall.

The Section IV champions had a first-round bye in the state playoffs and then recorded a 2-1 victory over Section III's Utica Notre Dame in regional finals play.

"I don't know very much about them," said Menton. "We're just concentrating on how we play."

The Knights have won 18 games in a row and have outscored their opposition by a 101-19 edge. Seton Catholic has nine shutouts to its credit.

"Every game, the girls surprise me more and more," said Menton, who is in her first year as coach of the team after playing three years of hockey for the Plattsburgh State women's team. "As the season has gone on, we've found our team chemistry and I really believe that the team is playing at the top of its game at this time.

"What people don't see is all the support I have received. I'm still a student and I couldn't ask for more from the team. They have been very helpful to me and it has been a great season for all of us."

Leading scorers on the team include Renee Egan (26-15-67), Rhea Breyette (18-4-40), Alexis Bushey (14-11-39), Kate Murnane (14-7-35) and Kaile Bushey (9-16-34). Breyette scored three goals and Egan added two in the win over Maple Hill.

The Knights have found the back of the net with regularity, averaging nearly five goals a game. Seton Catholic's offense hasn't slowed down any in state play, including scoring four times in the first half against Maple Hill.

Demi Pellerin has made 97 saves this season in net for the Knights.

Murnane has an injured knee and it will be a gametime decision on how much she can play.

"She's still not comfortable," Menton said.

Today's other semifinal, also at 5:15 p.m., has Section XI's Stony Brook taking on Section V's York. The Class C state championship contest will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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