November 23, 2014

Clarence soccer set for state championships

Shannon Carr, right, and the Clarence girls soccer team will compete for a state championship this weekend. The Red Devils became the first Class AA team in Section VI history to advance beyond the Far West Regionals, according to head coach Tom Furminger. Photo by Joe Valenti.

For the first time ever, the Clarence girls soccer team has advanced to the NYSPHSAA championships.

Clarence will face defending state champion Massapequa from Long Island in the semifinals on Saturday (Nov. 15).

The Red Devils earned their spot in the state final four with a win over Webster Thomas on Nov. 8.

It’s been a postseason of firsts for Clarence, with Sunday’s win also making history.

“It was the first time in history that the Class AA team from Section VI ever defeated their Section V counterpart,” Clarence coach Tom Furminger explained.

It was a complete team effort by Clarence that won it the game against Webster Thomas, 3-1. Sydney Cerza scored two goals, Amanda Burns had a goal and an assist, and Anna Davies had two assists. All of the goals were scored in the first half, which Furminger said “was one of the most complete first halves we played all year.”

The second half was a little different, but Clarence held on, played well, and picked up the win.

“Thomas came out with some intensity, and the team did well to absorb the pressure and create some chances of our own,” Furminger said.

The entire team stepped up when it needed to, from goalkeeper Molly Barden to defenders Hannah Spitzer and Alex Valenti to center back Talia Williams. Lauren Perry came in to replace Davies, who went down with a knee injury, and did exactly what she needed to do to fill the void left by Davies.

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