Burr Guides Lady Red Dragons To Another Section VI Championship
It’s no fun giving the same award to the same person year after year.
For instance, this season several local girls soccer coaches did fine jobs leading their teams.
Derek Houser nearly led Southwestern to an upset of eventual state-semifinalist Allegany-Limestone; Kevin Rice led Silver Creek to a 14-4 season; and Scott Stone guided Frewsburg to the sectional finals and early in the season handed Maple Grove its first regular-season loss in nearly three years.
But Mike Burr seemingly always finds a way to navigate Maple Grove to at least the Section VI championship game, and this year the Red Dragons won their seventh sectional crown in Burr’s 14 years at the helm making him the 2018 Post-Journal Girls Soccer Coach of the Year — again.
Maple Grove went 17-2-1 this fall and while Frewsburg did hand the Red Dragons their first regular-season loss since October of 2015, what Burr’s team did following that loss showed just the kind of squad they were.
The Red Dragons outscored their final 17 opponents, 65-14.
In the Section VI Class C quarterfinals, Maple Grove beat Westfield/Brocton, 6-0.
Four days later, the Red Dragons topped Holland, 1-0, in the sectional semifinals and two days after that they beat Portville, 2-1, for the sectional crown.
Just over a week later, Maple Grove looked like it might finally get over the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Far West Regional hump when it took a 2-0 lead in the opening three minutes against Wheatland-Chili, but the Wildcats tallied the final three goals to pull off a dramatic comeback.
For their successful seasons, eight Red Dragons were honored on Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Central Division postseason all-star teams.
Senior midfielder Clare Crossley had 27 goals and 10 assists while being named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.
Senior forward Chloe Kibbe and senior defender Marisa Schuppenhauer were named First Team all-stars.
Senior defender Sarah Berg and senior midfielder Morgan Plymel were named Second Team all-stars.
Senior defender/midfielder Sammie Davis, junior midfielder Ana Pavlock and junior goalkeeper Addie Tanner were named Honorable Mention all-stars.
Crossley and Kibbe were also both named Third Team All-State selections by the New York State Sportswriters Association and Organization for Girls Sports.
Despite losing five seniors from his 2017 sectional finalist, Burr found a way to get the Red Dragons back in position to climb the mountain again.
And they did.