All four IAC soccer championship games include teams in the greater Ithaca Times coverage area, meaning Tompkins Cortland Community College should be packed Saturday as the title games get underway.
Unlike last year it's forecasted to be an odd-for-October gorgeous day at 72 degrees and sunny.
IAC SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday, Oct. 14 at Tompkins Cortland Community College
2 p.m. | Spencer-Van Etten/Candor at Groton (11-4, 11-2)
It’s a rematch of last year’s Small School title game, which Groton won 2-1 on a windy afternoon on the turf. It was the first IAC title for the Class D school in 18 years.
In that contest, now University of Buffalo freshman Sydney Reeves put away the first goal on an assist by Maggie Ossit, who scored the second on an assist by Reeves. Maggie Hollenbeck, who graduated, scored for SVEC to cut the lead.
Sophomore Lauren Reeves has led the effort statistically, scoring 18 goals and nine assists. She had a hat trick against Union Springs/Port Byron and went only three games without registering a point. She bolsters the Groton defense and sets up the offense.
Sophomore Brooke Brecht has led the team in assists with 18, kicking in eight goals. She had a hat trick against Moravia and has also notched a point in all but three games (the two losses at the Section III tournament and the 1-0 win over Lansing).
Junior Maggie Ossit tied her regular season total from last year with 14 goals and added 13 assists, good for second-best on the team. She also had a hat trick in an early season win over Moravia along with two assists. She has four games with two or more assists.
Sophia Bell has 12 goals and eight assists as a speedy presence up the sideline.
SVEC has repeated as South champs, making it 2-for-2 in divisional titles in its combined existence. The squad is led by MVP Mackenzie Grube alongside speedy junior Searra Allen and senior Ari Blaasch. No scores have been reported for SVEC to Ithaca.com this season.
The teams also met in the sectional playoffs at Groton Elementary the following week. Groton won by the same score and finished the season as Section IV Class D semifinalists.
4 p.m. | Trumansburg (12-2, 8-1) at Marathon (12-1, 9-1)
Trumansburg will play in its first IAC championship game in seven years after winning the Small South title in its first year there.
The Blue Raiders only league loss is to Large South champion Elmira Notre Dame. Conor Baird has led the charge with 26 points, 21 of which are goals. He has four hat tricks and is one a three-game streak of having scored at least two goals (three against SVEC, two against Newfield, three against Odessa-Montour). He has a point in all but one game, the 1-0 win over Waverly.
Logan Bonn, who moved back to sweeper this year, has nine goals and three assists for 12 points. It’s tied with Dom Mikula, who has six goals and six assists.
Five other players have scored goals for T’burg this year. The defense has combined for eight shutouts.
Marathon will look to repeat as South champions after a 1-0 victory over Spencer-Van Etten/Candor last year in overtime. The goal came after the Olympians kicked it into the box from midfield and it bounced past a screened goalkeeper.
6 p.m. | Waverly (14-0 overall) at Trumansburg (13-0-3, 10-0-3)
Trumansburg defeated Dryden, 2-1, in a third overtime period Thursday night to earn the Large North title and the spot against Waverly in the championship game.
T'burg's Alexia Angelo-Stevenson put away the game winner after the teams moved from the varsity soccer field to Tarbell Stadium for lights. Regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods had pushed the game toward being engulfed in darkness.
Hannah Morpurgo put a cross in to give T'burg the 1-0 lead at half. Ashleigh Scheidweiler got the equalizer early in the second half.
For Dryden and Trumansburg the teams played twice this season and tied in each bout.
They went scoreless in a continuation of a game delayed by lightning and a few days later played to a 1-1 tie, both through two 10-minute overtimes. In the second game Keri Daley scored unassisted for Dryden 15:37 into the game and Trumansburg’s Hannah Morporgo answered unassisted three minutes later.
The Large Girls Championship is the only one without a returnee from last season. Elmira Notre Dame defeated Lansing, 1-0. Lansing, Trumansburg and Dryden were in a heated race for supremacy when Lansing senior Kassie Riemer was lost to the season due to injury. Lansing and Trumansburg had tied once. Dryden and Trumansburg had tied twice.
8 p.m. | Elmira Notre Dame (10-0, 8-0) at Lansing (13-2, 10-0)
This article ran in the Oct. 11 issue of the Finger Lakes Community Newspapers.