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Frewsburg Advances To Semis

Frewsburg’s Makenna McBride is challenged by Maple Grove’s Madilyn Seastrum during Friday’s Section VI Class C quarterfinal at the Robert H. Jackson Athletic Complex in Frewsburg. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

FREWSBURG — The Frewsburg Bears are making a habit of playing for Section VI Class C championships.

Senior Tyra Clark had two goals and freshman Ava Jimerson added the third as No. 3 Frewsburg beat No. 6 Maple Grove 3-0 in quarterfinal action Friday at the Robert H. Jackson Athletic Complex.

Next up for the Bears in their quest for a third straight sectional title is a semifinal date with No. 2 Portville at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Dunkirk High School’s Karl Hoeppner Field.

The Panthers are the third-ranked Class C team according to the New York State Sportswriters Association and Frewsburg is No. 12.

“This is the third out of four years that we’ll play Portville in the semifinals,” Frewsburg head coach Scott Stone said. “We’re excited to get a crack at the third-ranked team in the state on Tuesday night.”

Frewsburg’s Tyra Clark looks for a teammate to pass to during Friday’s Section VI Class C quarterfinal against Maple Grove at the Robert H. Jackson Athletic Complex in Frewsburg. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

The lone common opponent between the teams is Chautauqua Lake, which Portville beat 2-0 in another Friday quarterfinal. In two victories this season, the Bears outscored the Thunderbirds by a combined 14-0.

Frewsburg started strong Friday as senior Raena Bird hit a post and the Bears were awarded a pair of corner kicks in the opening minutes.

Clark broke through in the seventh minute as she took a pass from senior Kendal Sohl, found some space a couple of yards beyond the 18-yard box and let a shot go that beat a diving Kasie Craig to the post and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

“She was super aggressive. She finished balls that we needed her to finish today,” Stone said of Clark. ” … She’s playing really well. She’s in a groove and hot at the right moment.”

Frewsburg dominated possession all game long, but the Red Dragons were rewarded one of the few times they did pressure the Bears defense as a foul was called and Maple Grove was awarded a free kick. The attempt sailed high and wide in the 20th minute.

Red Dragons’ Kasie Craig makes a save during Friday's Section VI Class C quarterfinal. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

“I’m super happy with the way we possessed the ball. We had to have had it 90 to 95 percent of the time,” Stone said. ” … When you possess the ball for that long you never really get nervous. We controlled the game.”

Clark made it 2-0 with under three minutes remaining in the first half when Ava Jimerson dribbled in tight and passed to her sister Taytum, who took a shot that bounced off a Maple Grove defender in front of the goal. Clark gathered the rebound and tapped it into the net for a 2-0 lead that Frewsburg carried into halftime.

Sophomore Braelyn Stelmack replaced senior Cadence Rodgers in the Frewsburg net to start the final 40 minutes, but much like her predecessor was not needed to make a stop.

“We relied on our depth today,” Stone said. “Everybody played.”

Bears senior Makenna McBride was taken down inside Maple Grove’s 18-yard box with under 14 minutes remaining, but Frewsburg’s penalty kick missed the mark high.

Clark nearly completed a hat trick with just under 12 minutes left when she put home a rebound, but she was ruled offside when the original shot was taken nullifying the tally.

Ava Jimerson finally gave the Bears a three-goal lead with 6:50 remaining when she took a pass from Clark and beat Craig.

“Ava and Taytum as freshmen both came in and were ready to play. They probably could’ve played on this team last year,” Stone said. “For them to be so young and contributing, it absolutely helps.”

Maple Grove’s goalkeeper could not be blamed for her team’s loss Friday as she was credited with 24 saves on the afternoon.

“She played another great game,” Stone said of Craig. “That’s three games in a row now that she’s taken four or five goals away from us.”

NO. 1 HOLLAND/WEST VALLEY 8, NO. 8 CATTARAUGUS-LITTLE VALLEY 0

Caelan Hartke scored four goals to lead Holland/West Valley to an 8-0 shutout of Cattaraugus-Little Valley.

Julia Galley, Ava Linder, Lilyan Teijeira and Paige Hoffman each added a goal for the Lady Dutchmen. Galley had two assists while Linder, Hoffman and Jemma Conrad each chipped in an assist.

Jessica Hymers made two saves in net for Holland/West Valley.

NO. 4 WILSON 6, NO. 5 RANDOLPH 1

Wilson scored six goals in the first half and beat Randolph 6-1 in another quarterfinal.

Leia Cloy had three goals and an assist; Sara Urban and Emily Phillips each had a goal and an assist; Madelaine Schultz had a goal; and Kaylee Allcorn and Peyton McInnis each had an assist for the Lakewomen.

Isabella Lemke and Brooke Urban split six saves in net for Wilson.

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