Indians advance to Class C semifinals

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — After one half of soccer in the quarterfinals of the Section II, Class C boys tournament on Thursday, it seemed like a game that would go down to the wire, maybe even to a penalty kick situation.

Cambridge's 13 seniors wouldn't let it get to that.

The No. 4 seeded Indians broke through with 18 minutes left and came away with a 2-0 win over No. 5 Bolton-Warrensburg to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.

"I told them to have a little more fun in the second half, they were playing a little tight," said Cambridge coach Jason Sutliff. "The idea of this being their last game got them a little nervous, but they got over it and started to play a little more free soccer."

The eventual game-winning score was built on some nice passing in the Cambridge offensive zone. Eventually the ball found its way to Carter Hall, who tapped it to Ian Montgomery for his team-leading ninth goal of the year.

"We definitely had more patience in the second half," Sutliff said. "Every time they got the ball to their foot, they were trying to attack something whether it was there or not. In the second half, they let some things build, and guys made good runs, made the easy pass and let things happen.

The goal was only the 12th allowed by B-W on the year.

"We knew Bolton was a really good defensive team, they'd only given up [11] goals this year [before today]," Sutliff said. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy to score on them, we had to be patient because running right into the box was not going to work."

With six minutes left and B-W pressing for the equalizer, Cambridge sealed the match. Hall made a beautiful run down the far side of the field, crossed it past Emerson Lopez, who missed on a bicycle kick, but it went right to Alex Hommel, who was in the right place at the right time to blast it past B-W goalie Garry Ross for the 2-0 lead.

"Scoring that second goal gave us a chance to get back to who we are as a team," Sutliff said.

The score was Hommel's first of the year at an opportune time.

"Alex is getting more playing time as we go, but for him to do the perfect thing, just put his foot on it, not take a shot and block it back in, he played it perfectly," Sutliff said.

Cody Oldham made four saves, all in the first half, for the Indians, while Ross had nine stops.

The Indians move on to face the winner of today's game between No. 1 Mayfield and No. 9 Berlin on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Stillwater High School.

"We've played on the turf a couple times, including against Mechanicville in the Wasaren championship," Sutliff said. "We had a solid game against [Mechanicville], a state-ranked team in Class B, we'll go in with all the confidence in the world, no matter who we play."


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