Eagles advance with 1-0 home win

COHOCTON — Wellsville opened the season at the Cohocton Sports Complex back on Sept. 4, and Wednesday night, the season ended for the Lions on the same field.

Whereas the season opener was a 3-1 defeat to the Golden Eagles, Wednesday night’s contest went down to the wire with No. 8 Wayland-Cohocton advancing in the Section V, Class B2 bracket with a tight 1-0 win over No. 9 Wellsville.

Tyler Perkowski made the difference for Wayland-Cohocton (5-11-1), netting the game-winner far post in the 30th minute of the second half to send the Eagles home happy.

“It was an evenly matched game,” said Wellsville coach Matt Buckley. “In the first half we had a couple good chances and didn’t capitalize. In the second half they turned up the pressure a little bit. They probably deserved the goal but our guys played really hard. Both teams went after it and it was a good game, a well officiated game. We both play similar styles and need to play direct to get the ball over the top and condense the midfield. It was a back and forth game.”

Jamie Carman made one save in Wayland-Cohocton’s third shutout of the season. The Eagles had the edge in shots, 12-5.

Wayland-Cohocton advances to face No. 1 Haverling Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Bath in a Livingston County Division I league rematch. The undefeated Rams won both regular season meetings with the Eagles, 4-0 and 3-0.

Logan Dunbar made five saves for the Lions, who wrap up the season 4-10-3. Wellsville will lose a dedicated group of seniors including Holden Hoffman, Austin Keib, Hunter Kear, Griffin Majewski and Connor Majewski to graduation.

“Tonight our effort was really good. Our seniors are going to be missed,” Buckley said. “They put in a lot of time these last four years. It’s always tough to lose the last one and say goodbye to our seniors. They mean a lot to the program.”

For Wellsville, this fall was all about growth as the program began a rebuilding process in Buckley’s first season.

“We were figuring out our style and the way we need to play, working out kinks defensively and starting to get an idea of how we need to score and move the ball. I think our guys did that,” Buckley said. “We were able to hit through balls tonight and get balls over the top. We didn’t do that the first time against them. It goes back to working hard in practice with a good staff and everyone clocking in to work every day.”

Coincidentally, the Way-Co girls also defeated Wellsville by a 1-0 count on Tuesday in an 8-9 matchup, although the seeds and the home field were reversed.