Poland Lady Tornadoes Introductions
Jeff Petxton-MHTS/PGI Photo
Mikayla Blumenstock and Paige Sullivan scored back to back goals, just a minute and fifty two seconds apart in the first half of this afternoon’s NYSPHAA Class “D” Girls semi-final match to lead Poland past Jasper-Troupsburg by a score of 2-1.
Then New York State Final Four victory earned Poland a trip to the their first-ever Class D state championship game.
It wasn’t easy and it was in doubt for all but about two of today’s 80 minute contest.
Blumenstock’s goal, her 36th of the season, came 23 minutes into the first half, when she was the lucky recipient of a bouncing ball in the box, directly in front of J-T keeper Elizabeth Groff.
Blumenstock, just a freshman, calmly knocked the rock past Groff and gave Poland a 1-0 lead, seemingly deflating the State ranked # 3 Lady Wildcats and their numerous traveling faithful.
Poland, the state’s #2 team entering today’s Final 4 action, wasn’t done in the first half and unbeknownst to the hundreds of fans in attendance today at Homer High School, the next score by the Lady Tornadoes was all they would need.
Poland junior Paige Sullivan hit the shot heard round the State with 21:03 remaining in the first half when she struck a ball perfectly from just inside 30 yards away, into the top right corner of the Jasper-Troupsburg net to give the Section III and Central Section champions a strong 2-0 first half advantage.
To say that J-T’s Lady cats were stunned by the score half way through the first half would be an understatement.
The Section V champs out shot Poland 6-2 in that time frame, yet they trailed by two goals.
Lauren Wyant finally got Jasper Troupburg on the board when she hit a through ball from Kaitlyn Huyer into the Poland net with 5:06 remaining in the first half, pulling the Lady Wildcats to within 2-1, which is the way the teams went to the intermission.
The remaining forty minutes was simply a matter of survival for Poland, as the Tornadoes did not muster a single shot on goal in the second half.
In fact, if Poland spent 3 of the 40 second half minutes in the J-T end, it would be a lot.
Poland keeper Courtney Green was nothing short of amazing in goal, stopping 7 more J-T shots in the second half, shutting the door on the vaunted Jasper-Troupsburg offense and earning Poland a heart pounding 2-1 victory.
Green finished with 14 saves on the afternoon for Poland.
Poland improves to (21-1) and will move on to face unbeaten Chateaugay (22-0), at 1 p.m. on Sunday at SUNY Cortland.
Chateaugay, the #1 team in New York State all season long, simply demolished Smithtown-Christian by a score of 6-1 in today’s other semi-final match.
MHTS will be there to cover all of the action! See you there.
Poland 2 Jasper-Troupsburg 1
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