Kayla Greco | Democrat
Livingston Manor’s Tabitha VanWagner beats a Coleman defender to the ball during Saturday’s Class D semifinal game won by Manor. The Lady Wildcats play Eldred today in the Class D final.
Manor win sets up title game with Eldred
Story by Kayla Greco
LIVINGSTON MANOR October 29, 2013 Livingston Manor and Eldred will get to play a rubber game after all. Manor shut out Coleman 2-0 in a girls’ soccer Class D semifinal game Saturday to set up the championship showdown with Eldred, who received a first-round bye. That game will be played Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Middletown’s Faller Field. The two teams split their two regular season games.
Manor dominated the game both offensively and defensively firing off 24 shots while limiting Coleman to just five shots of its own. Still the score was tied 0-0 at halftime as Coleman goalie Lacie Callahan kept her team in the game with a bunch of saves. She ended up with 13 for the game.
Manor’s first-year coach Jennifer Gorr was overjoyed by how well her team played, especially in the second half when the game was on the line.
“We focused on everything we’ve been focusing on from the beginning; teamwork, creating space, strong defense, strong offense and supporting each other because that’s what brought us this far,” said Gorr.
After the scoreless first half, senior Farrah Mills scored what proved to be the winning goal 10 minutes into the second half. Ami Calo added an insurance goal with 12 minutes remaining. From there, Manor’s stout defense didn’t allow Coleman many scoring opportunities, controlling the ball in their end of the field.
“We know we have to work even harder to beat Eldred,” said Gorr. “They’re going to come out quick and strong. They’re going to be attacking us so we have to use good footwork and go in with a good mindset.”
Manor improved to 9-8 on the season.