Leading off today:
Talk about cutting it close ...
Down two goals with under 17 minutes to play in the NYSPHSAA girls Class B final, Pleasantville tied the match and finally beat Central Valley Academy 3-2 on a goal with four seconds remaining in regulation on Sunday.
Junior Katie Moses delivered the tying and winning goals.
"I've watched a lot of soccer and coached a lot of soccer, and I've never seen a finish like that," Panthers coach Chris Osterhoudt said. "To be down with like 20 minutes left, just be relentless at the end, and fight to the very bitter end was just absolutely amazing. Credit to every single girl on this team for the hard work they put in all year, and the hard work just paid off."
The championship was the program's first in girls soccer.
"It's the best accomplishment that any of us have been a part of," Moses said. "We worked so hard for it. We deserved it so much, We put in so many hours, it's just the best feeling in the world."
M-W, Stillwater girls repeat: Monroe-Woodbury retained the Class AA title with a 1-0 win over Fayetteville-Manlius on a Josephine Sorce goal from 10 yards out in the 55th minute.
"It was my first game-winning goal," the senior said. "I was going to one-time it, but I had so much time to settle it."
Senior goalie Angela Fini posted the shutout.
"We played our hearts out," Fayetteville-Manlius coach Brent Ostrander said. "We played all right, but that's a heck of a team."
Meanwhile, Stillwater wan its two-season record to 43-0-3 by defeating Unatego 1-0 to repeat as the Class C champion.
Paige Brinsko scored the goal off a free kick late in the first half.
"I couldn't ask for any other way to leave this program than as a state champion," senior Brooke Pickett said. "To win it last year was amazing. We wanted to come back this year and prove we were the real deal."
Said senior Keelyn Peacock: "After last year, the goal was to keep winning until we can't win anymore."
Pickett finished her career with 208 goals, three short of the Section 2 record held by Queensbury graduate Brittany LaPlant.
"I don't even care," Pickett said of coming up shy of the record. "I am so happy right now. We won. We won."
A first for S-WR: No Shoreham-Wading River girls soccer team had ever won a state title until Sunday's 2-0 win over Spencerport in Class A.
Senior midfielder Elizabeth Shields went on a run to the net and finished a cross from Gianna Cacciola to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with 15:29 remaining in regulation, and Ashley Borriello tacked on an empty-netter with :23.9 to go.
"There wasn't much time left in the game, it was still 0-0 and I was making that hard run in and I said, 'Something has to come out of this,'" Shields said. "It was just all or nothing in that moment."
Poland coasts: Sophomore Lexi Bates finished with three goals and an assist in Poland's 6-1 rout of Avoca in the Class D final.
The four-time defending Section 3 champs are 41-0-1 since falling to Wheatland-Chili in the 2017 state final. The Tornadoes' first state title came in 2012 before losses in the 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 title games.
“It's very satisfying," said senior Leah Basel. "This is my third time here, so this is like a third time's a charm. So I'm very pleased."
Island dynamos: A pair of Long Island squads with rich boys soccer histories added to their trophy cases with championships against Section 5 opponents in the two large-school classes.