October 30, 2014
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Late goal pushes top-ranked Clarence girls soccer by Niagara-Wheatfield in Class AA semifinals

Shannon Carr (18) scored with 19 seconds left to lift Clarence over Niagara-Wheatfield in the Section VI Class AA semifinals.

As undefeated Clarence faced Niagara-Wheatfield in Tuesday’s (Oct. 28) girls soccer sectional semifinals, expectations were high for Clarence. But the Falcons didn’t go down without a fight.
Niagara-Wheatfield held onto a 1-0 lead for most of the game until Clarence scored two goals in the final minutes of the game for a 2-1 win.

Clarence coach Tom Furminger said his team was confident coming in but knew that Niagara-Wheatfield would be a tough opponent.

“We like our team and we like our chances to win, but we knew Niagara-Wheatfield was going to be a great test, and they were,” Furminger said. “This could have very easily gone the other way, but I thought our kids played very very well.”

Niagara-Wheatfield jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 10:44 into the first half. Danielle Chatten scored the goal on a breakaway as Clarence was unable to defend.

The Falcons’ strong defense held onto that 1-0 lead for the rest of the first half and most of the second. Although they had trouble getting the ball out of their own end, they limited Clarence’s shots to hold the 1-0 lead.

“I thought Niagara-Wheatfield played a heck of a game,” Furminger said. “They defended absolutely brilliantly.”

Clarence finally found a way to score with just over seven minutes left in the second half. After a few shots wide and high, it was Sydney Cerza who scored the game-tying goal with 7:21 left. Shannon Carr assisted the goal.

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