New York State boys soccer championship game roundup

The 2011 New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys soccer tournament at Middletown’s Faller Field complex wrapped up Sunday with five title games.

Maple Hill's Kyle Hall (20) tucks his head into his jersey at the end of Sunday's Class C championship game at Middletown's Faller Field Complex. Port Jefferson won, 2-1. (Will Montgomery photo/Times Herald-Record)

Class B
Broadalbin-Perth 1, Wheatley School 0
Ben Bellandi scored with 13:14 remaining in the second half to lead Broadalbin-Perth to a state championship as well as an undefeated season. The Patriots, the Section 2 champions, finished with an unblemished record of 19-0-3.
Wheatley School, of Section 8, finished 15-4-2.

Class C
Port Jefferson 2, Maple Hill 1
Vincent Antonelli and Connor Crovello scored goals for Section 11′s Port Jefferson (19-1-1) in the Class C championship game victory.
Paul Ancin scored for Maple Hill with 6:31 left in regulation, leading to an exciting flurry of chances for the Section 2 champions in the game’s waning moments. Maple Hill finished 21-2-0.

“Soccer is a funny game. You have to be good and you have to be lucky,” said Maple Hill head coach Dan Gillespie. “Sometimes luck is a matter of inches. Sometimes luck is a call. Sometimes luck is a slip on the field. To get here you have to be good and lucky. I think we were good and at times we were lucky, maybe just not enough today.”

Class AA
Hicksville 1, Webster Schroeder 0
Hicksville’s Lucas Munoz scored with 25:42 remaining in the second half to lead the Comets to their first state title since 1979.
Hicksville, the Section 8 champion, finished 18-1-2.
Webster Schroeder (20-2-1, Section 5) had defeated Newburgh Free Academy in Saturday’s semifinal round, 3-1.

Class D
Hamilton 1, Chazy 0
Hamilton’s Devin Askew scored the game-winning goal with 5:41remaining in the second half as Hamilton avenged 2009 and 2010 Class D title game losses to Chazy with a 1-0 victory.
It was the fourth consecutive season in which Hamilton (21-3-0, Section 3) and Chazy (18-4-0, Section 7), had met in the state championship game.

“I started out as a forward and I think I have 13 (goals), that being my 14th,” Askew said. “I’m a stopper now, so sometimes I go up like I did in this game. It worked out.”

Class A
Jericho 2, Maine-Endwell 0
Jericho defeated Maine-Endwell to win the Class A championship. It was the first state title for Jericho (16-2-2, Section 8 ) since 2004 when it played to a 1-1 draw against New Hartford and the teams were named co-champions.
Section 4’s Maine-Endwell wrapped up at 12-4-1.

Maple Hill head coach Dan Gillespie (kneeling) talks to his players after their 2-1 loss to Port Jefferson in the Class C championship game. (Will Montgomery photo/Times Herald-Record.)

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