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  • The state Class C girls soccer title came down to one goal Sunday as freshman Jordyn Haynes claimed Hoosick Falls’ second trophy in two years.

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  • The state Class C girls soccer title came down to one goal Sunday as freshman Jordyn Haynes claimed Hoosick Falls’ second trophy in two years.
    The Indians had picked up a 3-1 win over Sauquoit Valley Saturday at Cortland High School, but Sunday was the first time Keshequa returned to White Field at SUNY Cortland since the 2011 semifinals. However, the Indians again saw a loss at the venue where they ended the 2011 season with a 3-2 loss on White Field against Friends Academy.
    Keshequa coach Pete Goho said prior to Sunday he had not seen the Panthers play; however, he went into the game knowing Hoosick Falls would be a tough opponent, having secured a 3-0 win over Friends in the semifinals.
    “They’ve been on a run,” Goho said of the Panthers. He pointed out that Hoosick Falls scored 109 goals all season and over the last five games leading to the state final, the Panthers won by an average four goals.
    “At the beginning of the year, we knew we were going to be good — we were here last year,” Panthers coach Tom Husser said. “We kept saying, ‘Eyes on the prize.’”
    But Keshequa turned out to be a challenge, with the Indians outshooting the Panthers 12-11.
    “They were very athletic, but they had a little trouble finishing,” Husser said after the championship game.
    The first half went scoreless for both teams and, Goho said he figured within the first few minutes that the game would be a one-point win one way or the other. He turned out to be right, with both teams fighting for goals until the 53rd minute of the game when Haynes scored on an assist from Panthers senior Ali Martin.
    “I knew the last 20 minutes, we were not going to score again, they are going to be pressing us,” Husser said. “It would have been the same if it was the other way.”
    Keshequa was unable to respond in the final 27 minutes and the single goal spelled the win and the title for the Panthers.
    “They are very quick, they are athletic. That game could have gone either way,” Husser said.
    “That’s how a state final should go. It shouldn’t be a blowout,” Goho commented. “The kids never gave up. They played hard all game. We had a lot of chances to tie it up. Our timing was just a little off. Some of the things we were connecting on before, we just weren’t connecting on today.”
    In two years, the Indians roster has seen little revision. Over that time, Keshequa has only lost two games. They finish the 2012 campaign with a 21-1-1 record and 99 points to their credit while allowing just nine.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It’s a great accomplishment for the team. We played well all through sectionals and states,” Goho said. “The accomplishments they have made the last few years — they ought to be proud of them.”
    The end of the season also means saying farewell to the Indians three senior captains: Grace Mehlenbacher, Kristen Jackson and Alexandrea Flint. And while it’s premature to figure on the 2013 season, Goho expects to see the same level of play next year with many players eligible to return.
    “We expect to be back there next year,” he said.

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