PREVIEW: HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER
State Class D semifinals
Saturday: Northville vs. Poland, 10 a.m.; Hammond vs. Avoca, 12:30 p.m., Homer High School
Sunday: Championship game, 10:30 a.m. at SUNY Cortland.
Outlook: Hammond (19-1) reached the semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Section 7’s Chazy last weekend. The Red Devils beat the Edwards-Knox Cougars 2-0 in the Section 10 title game. Kelsey Bennett has scored all the goals for Hammond in the last two games and leads the team with 40. Bennett made the all-Northern Athletic Conference West Division first team, along with teammates Avery Kenyon, Zoey Cunningham and Norah Pease. The Red Devils have outscored the opposition 83-22 this season and their only loss was to South Jefferson, 8-4. Avoca (19-2) beat Fillmore 1-0 to win the Section 5 title and then defeated Section 6’s North Collins, 7-1, in a state quarterfinals. This is the first final four appearance for Avoca. Delaney Stowe picked up a hat trick in the win over North Collins and Selina Jud produced a hat trick in a 5-1 victory over Hinsdale in a Section 5 semifinal.
Note: Hammond has been dedicating its games to retired coach and athletic director Tom Chapman, who is undergoing hospice care at home but continues to regularly attend Red Devils games.