POTSDAM Hannah Cook and Chris Sullivan were the heroes in overtime as the Chateaugay girls and Harrisville boys each claimed Section 10 Class D soccer titles with 1-0 victories on Thursday night at Potsdam High School.
Cook scored in the 91st minute to give top-seeded Chateaugay (18-0-1) a win over second-seeded Heuvelton.
Sullivan scored in the 87th minute to send No. 2 Harrisville (16-1-2) past No. 5 Morristown.
Both teams will travel to Plattsburgh High School on Saturday for state quarterfinals against Section 7s Chazy. The boys game will start at 11 a.m. and the girls game will begin at 1 p.m.
HARRISVILLE 1, MORRISTOWN 0 (OT)
At halftime of the championship game, Harrisville coach Shane Country team talked to his team about the need to cross the ball against Morristown.
Morristown was playing four in the back and they were really tough, Countryman said. I told the guys that if were going to have to score we had to bring the ball the end line and score off a cross.
As it turned out, Sullivan, a junior, scored on a majestic cross with 6 minutes, 39 seconds remaining in the first 15-minute, sudden-death overtime to give the Northern Athletic Conference West Division champion Pirates the victory.
Carrying the ball down the left flank, Sullivan lofted a cross from 25 yards out that carried well out of the reach of Morristown goalie Luke King, bounding off the right goal post and rolling into the net.
I wasnt really shooting, I was just trying to get off a good cross, Sullivan said. It is just amazing to win this game. I really wanted to win it for our seniors.
Ironically, the goal came off a quick strike when the Rockets generated their best threats on transition runs while the Pirates generated their best chances off deliberated buildups.
Nate Weaver, who moved from the midfield to replace Jared Dreythaler who had suffered a broken leg in a 1-0 win over Chateaugay in semifinals, was extremely dangerous for the Pirates working off crosses from Sullivan and through balls from Tim Fowler.
Ryan Vollmer, who accounted for the Rockets best opportunities with power drives from the right wing, was denied by Pirate goaltender Zane Mono (11 saves) with 12:45 to play.
Running on to one of several long clears by sweeper Tyler Delosh, Vollmer broke in on goal running shoulder-to-shoulder with a defender and got off a shot that a diving Mono pushed wide of the net.
Nobody deserved to win more than this group, Countryman said. We lost an all-star player in Jared Dreythaler and had to rearrange over lineup with just one day of practice. But Morristown deserves a lot of credit they really played well.
Morristown coach George Beaulieu credited his fifth- seeded Rockets for peaking at the right time and for rendering an outstanding effort in the contest.
Our guys left it all on the field and have every right to hold their heads high, he said. This was just a great group to work with. It was a great game and they scored a great goal.
CHATEAUGAY 1, HEUVELTON 0 (OT)
In 200 minutes of soccer between the two teams, only one goal was scored. They played to a 0-0 tie in a nonleague game at Clarkson University on Sept. 28.
That was one heck of a battle, Chateaugay coach Steve Lang recalled.
Chateaugay, ranked second in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class D poll, scored the games lone goal just 47 seconds into the second 10-minute overtime session to hand the Bulldogs (16-1-2) their only loss of the season.
After the two teams fought for 80 minutes of regulation time and 10 minutes of the first overtime period, Bulldog senior Hannah Cook, who was named the East Divisions Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season, scored the games only goal from just inside the 18-yard line to keep the unbeaten run alive.
Katie Beach opened up the scoring rush with a steal on the far side of the field, beat a Heuvelton player up the line and slid a pass to Cook, who had moved up to the front line from her center midfield position.
Cook dribbled to the middle of the field against heavy pressure from the Heuvelton defenders, stopped on a dime, and, as the flow continued to move, she fired a low liner back inside the post much to the delight of her teammates, coaches and fans in the stands.
Katie did a great job stealing the ball and getting it to me, Cook said.
As I moved to the middle, I saw their goalie (Paige McCormick) move also, so I stopped and tried for the inside of the post behind her.
I was so happy when the ball went in. All game long, our shots were right at her and we needed to do something different, and we did.
Chateaugay, which reached the state title game last year, received three saves from Kennedy Boyea.
McCormick finished with 13 saves for Heuvelton.