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Fabius-Pompey captures Section III Class C boys soccer title with 1-0 OT victory over MPH

Varsity - 2012 Season
Posted Tuesday, November 06, 2012 by The Post Standard
Talk about calling your shot.   Fabius-Pompey’s Nick Randall kicked the game-winning goal Tuesday night after agreeing with a teammate on exactly where to kick it. The result was a 1-0 overtime victory over Manlius Pebble Hill, earning the Falcons the Section III Class C boys soccer championship and sending them to the state tournament for the first time since 2008.

“Just before I kicked it, I asked my teammate, Ben Kogut, what upper 90 he wanted it in and he told me the right one. So I had to put it there for him,” said Randall, a senior forward who had helped direct the Falcons’ game-long assault on the Trojans’ goal.

F-P’s offensive barrage at CBA’s stadium included eight official shots on goal — among multiple other chances — setting a tone indicating it would be only a matter of time until the Falcons scored. It took 80 minutes of regulation play, plus 9 minutes and 20 seconds of overtime for it to happen.

When it finally occurred — on a 27-yard direct kick — it was vindication for Randall, who was yellow-carded for reactively knocking the ball into the goal with his hands early in the second half. It also was validation for a second-seeded Falcons’ team that has yet to allow goal in the sectional playoffs while improving to 17-2.

F-P’s defense bottled up MPH leading scorer Solomon Ochieng, who had entered the game with 26 goals in 19 games.

“Our defense (did) a great job on Solomon,” Randall said. “He has like 26 goals on the season and our team shut him out all three times we played them. As soon as he received the ball, we tried to be on his back so he couldn’t even turn.”

Falcons coach Matt Neuner said the effort indicates that his team is peaking at the right time.

“Even though we’ve been in a couple of close games here in sectionals, the boys have been playing exceptionally hard and very unselfishly,” Neuner said. “That’s the way you want to be playing at this point of the season.”

The victory was the Falcons’ third 1-0 win of the year over MPH, a No. 5 seed that advanced to the sectional championship game by knocking off top-seeded Cooperstown on Friday. The Trojans, who displayed a bend-but-don’t-break defense Tuesday and throughout sectional play, ended their season at 14-6.

Neuner said Fabius-Pompey will face Lansing High School on Saturday in a first-round state tournament game at a Section IV site to be determined.

“Our last trip to the state tournament was in 2008,” he said. “We’re hungry to get back there.”

Chris Wagner


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