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Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016: Livonia wins in penalty kicks after late goal

   Leading off today: Just 47 seconds away from seeing its season end, Livonia netted the tying goal and then went on win a penalty-kick shootout Saturday over the I-Prep/Grover boys soccer team in the quarterfinals of the NYSPHSAA tournament.

   The game ended in a 2-2 tie before Livonia won 6-5 on penalty kicks.

   Livonia went ahead less than a minute into the game, but found itself a goal down in the closing moments. Tyler Dolan put in the tying goal following a floating free kick.

   After a scoreless overtime, both teams converted their first five PKs. In the first sudden-death round, Tavlan Hino cashed in the winner for the Bulldogs.

   "This one put another couple of years on me, that's for sure," Livonia coach Ray Maxwell told The Buffalo News. "We practice penalty kicks, but we haven't done them in a game in a long while."

   The Livonia win helped Section 5 go 4-for-5 for the weekend against Section 6 boys teams.

   One of the weekend's more impressive efforts in any class came from Alfred-Almond, which outshot Pine Valley 29-4 and registered a 5-0 triumph. Jake Johnston scored a pair of goals.

   Speaking of PKs: Penalty kicks were also the order of the day when North Salem took on the S.S. Seward boys in Class C, but the contest never made it beyond overtime.

   John Martabano of North Salem scored on an overtime penalty kick in the 103rd minute to earn the win. The referee pointed to the spot following a handball inside the box.

   North Salem's regulation goal also came via a penalty kick. Seward goalie Ryan Stam struck North Salem's Frank DiGiacomo while fielding a ball and was assessed a yellow card. Michael Selzer then converted the PK vs. backup goalie Jack Gardiner.

   Seward had been playing a man down for 25 minutes due to a pair of yellow cards by the time Martabano scored the winning goal.

   More boys soccer: Junior Felipe Tobon cashed in a Cristian Valencia corner kick in the sixth minute of overtime as New Rochelle downed Newburgh 2-1 in Class AA.

   It keeps the Huguenots in the hunt for their first New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship since 1986.

   "Our captain (Ethan Manley) talked to us and was like, 'We have to take this home. We didn't come this far to lose. We're making history,'" junior Harwan Alzuabidi told The Journal News.

   Poland girls advance again: For the fourth time in five years, Poland will head to Cortland for the NYSPHSAA girls Class D semifinals.

   The Tornadoes struck for three overtime goals and defeated South Kortright 4-1 to join three other Section 3 girls teams in advancing this weekend.

   South Kortright led at the half, but Poland freshman Leah Basel equalized in the 44th minute. Basel scored the eventual winner 3:26 into overtime.


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  •    "I am a proud papa and a proud coach," Tom Basel said. "I am doubly proud."

       Jordan Batson and Shiane Irwin also tallied in overtime.

       Milestone goal: Abbie Seamans' 100th career goal was the only score of the game as Bolton beat Eldred 1-0 in a Class D Quarterfinal.

       Bolton registered its 12th shutout of the season.

       More girls soccer: The high-powered Grand Island offense finally met its match in the Class A semifinals. losing to Spencerport on penalty kicks 5-4 after a scoreless tie.

       The Vikings had averaged more than seven goals a game all season, but the Rangers came in having surrendered just six goals in their first 20 contests.

       "Anybody that was here noticed that that was probably one of the best games at this age level of high school soccer that I've ever seen," Grand Island coach Dave Bowman said. "They had a great team, great talent. They played hard and played their butts off, and we did the same thing. I couldn't be prouder of these girls."

       Monsignor Martin final: Canisius repeated as the Monsignor Martin Class A champion, winning its fourth straight one-goal game over rival St. Joe's 1-0.

       The lone goal was scored less than nine minutes into the first half, when sophomore Alex Nemeth headed the ball into the net off a corner kick from leading scorer J.P. Bobak.

       The Crusaders (14-3) moved on to the CHSAA championship game Friday at St. John’s University.

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