Groton and Lansing will get their re-match immediately out of the gate back in the Bobcats’ house at Sobus Field in Lansing Friday afternoon in a Section IV Class C girls soccer quarterfinal match-up.
Groton, seeded fifth, and Lansing, seeded fourth, were given automatic byes into the final eight teams along with No. 1 Trumansburg, No. 2 Unadilla Valley and No. 3 Elmira Notre Dame.
The three top teams await their competition from the opening round of games held Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Sectional seeding is awarded by a points system that gives a certain number for each win, loss or tie to teams higher, even and lower in classifications. A win over a higher-classification team is awarded more points than defeating a lower one.
The way the brackets and points worked out this year, No. 5 Groton (12-4) will travel to No. 4 Lansing (8-4-2) almost one month to the day after Groton took down then-state ranked No. 11 Lansing in the 100th minute of play.
Since then the Bobcats have hit a skid, going winless in four of their final six games. Groton continued its surge, losing only one of the five regular season games down the stretch that was capped by a second consecutive IAC Small School championship Saturday afternoon.
“We just need to keep working hard. We can’t let up,” said junior Maggie Ossit, who scored the first of two goals in the title game. “Just because we’re Groton doesn’t mean we’re going to win, ya know? It’s that simple.”
Groton’s two leading scorers notched goals in the Saturday win; Ossit reached 15 on the year alongside 13 assists and sophomore Lauren Reeves hit 19 goals with nine assists minutes later.
The Indians can be an offensive juggernaut, accruing nine games of four or more goals. Six of those games Groton scored seven or more. In September against Lansing, the Indians were held scoreless until the final minute of overtime when if 27.3 more seconds had elapsed it would have gone down as a tie. Reeves had the game-winning goal.
“Lansing’s defense is good. Their defense is real good,” Brecht said. “So we’re going to have to be more precise with our passing. We’re going to work on our touches (this week) a lot. We’re going to work on passes a lot. And just playing together, being in the same mindset.
“Lansing is Lansing for a reason, you know.”
The Bobcats closed their regular season on a high note with a 1-0 victory over Whitney Point on a goal by Catalina Zaloj, her third of the season. Their nil-nil tie to Dryden three days prior broke a three-game losing streak that consisted of a 0-4 score to Trumansburg, IAC North Large champions; 0-1 in overtime to Dryden, which played T’burg in a North Large tiebreaker; and 0-6 to Athens (Pa.) in a non-league game.
Lansing has been without senior Kassie Riemer since that Groton game when she injured her ankle. She still leads the team in goals with 12 over eight games played. Ashley Stanbro and Abbie Jones each have four goals and an assist.
No one else has more than two goals. Catie Eisenhut has four assists.
Lena Gisler has taken all but three minutes in net, giving up 14 goals (1.080 goals-against average) with 61 saves.
This article ran in the Oct. 18 issue of the Finger Lakes Community Newspapers.