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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016: Protest reverses Section 1 soccer result

   Leading off today: What's it like to wake up and find out the game you thought you'd won a day earlier was actually a loss? Well, Yonkers Montessori Academy now has first-hand knowledge in that area, having had its Section 1 girls soccer win reversed -- and its season ended -- because of an outlandish officiating gaffe.

   Tenth-seeded YMA had left the field Saturday thinking it had beaten No. 7 seed Edgemont on penalty kicks after the squads battled through regulation and overtime scoreless. Eighth-grader Geraldine Rodriguez had seemingly clinched the win by converting her kick in the 10th round of the shootout.

   As documented on Twitter by Mike Dougherty of The Journal News, who was not at the game but quickly was in communication with people aware of the problem, the victory started to unravel shortly after the contest ended.

   The officials on the field were not familiar with the Section 1 procedure for breaking ties after the conclusion of overtime, which is a pretty significant issue in itself. When the mandatory five-round shootout ended in a tie, each team should have designated five new players who would take football site

penalty kicks -- but now it would be one round at a time and sudden death.

   Instead, the officials had the teams go through the full five rounds. Though YMA ultimately made more kicks, the contest should have ended when Edgemont scored in round six and YMA did not.

   Edgemont subsequent- ly protested and was awarded the victory Sunday morning, per sectional rules that required a decision by noon.

   Here's one problem discussed as a number of people -- myself included -- batted the reversal around on social media: How could Section 1 not insist that the penalty kicks be replayed beginning with round six? While a coach may save a reliable shooter for later in a five-round shootout, they naturally would stack their better players at the start of the sudden-death phase.

   Basically, you don't save Frank Lampard or Cristiano Ronaldo for round 10 of penalty kicks if the game could theoretically be over after the sixth round.

   As you think this through, keep in mind the distinction between a blown call -- such as errantly ruling offsides on a play resulting in a goal or missing an obvious handball in the penalty area -- and a botched application of a procedure spelled out (seemingly) clearly in the sectional handbook. Section 1 cannot in good conscience advance Edgemont to the quarterfinals without giving YMA a do-over beginning with the sudden-death penalty kicks.

   More girls soccer: Sydney Campilii scored twice as 19th-seeded Our Lady of Lourdes upset third-seeded and Sleepy Hollow 3-1 in the first round of the Section 1 Class A tournament.

   Meanwhile, two high seeds crashed out of the Section 5 Class A tournament by 2-1 scores. Pittsford Mendon, seeded 11th, beat No. 3 Brockport as Anna Ecklund registered a goal and an assist. Seventh seed Aquinas eliminated Brockport in overtime on Alana Piano's second goal of the game.

   ICYMI: Glen Cove Harbor Patrol officers helped nine members of the Manhasset girls rowing team out of Hempstead Harbor on Wednesday evening after a passing power boat upended their vessel and spilled the crew into the water about 200 yards from shore, officials told Newsday.

   No injuries were reported, Port Washington Fire Department Chief Brian Waterson said. All the rowers declined medical attention and were released to their parents.

   Alumni news: Mary Cain, the former Bronxville distance star who has spent the last several years with Alberto Salazar's Oregon Nike Project running team, has left to train with former New Zealand Olympic runner John Henwood, she announced on her website.

   Cain began training with Salazar four years ago and turned professional three years ago while she still had high school eligibility remaining. On her website, Cain said she had become a full-time student at Fordham University and had decided to remain on the East Coast with Henwood "for the foreseeable future."

   Though still regarded as a prospect, Cain, 20, has struggled in competition the past two years and was a non-factor at the Olympic Trials this summer.

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