CORTLAND — It didn’t take long for Holland Patent to make a final four statement in its first trip to the state tournament's semifinals.

Thanks to the Golden Knights' precise execution on the defensive end, a sixth-minute goal by Anna Dornburgh was all they needed during Saturday’s frigid New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Class B girls soccer semifinal at Cortland High School.

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Holland Patent netted two more first-half goals, added another in the second half, and posted its 17th shutout of the season while romping to a 4-0 victory over Allegany-Limestone.

"Our team is so blessed to be given this opportunity that we have right now," Holland Patent junior goalkeeper Haedyn Roberts said. "To be able to make Holland Patent proud is one of the best feelings in the world. Making history as Section III champions was a gift enough, and to be in the final four is so surreal. And now, to be in the state championship is so amazing. I wouldn’t want to be here with any other group of girls."

Holland Patent (21-1-1) will take its 18-game unbeaten streak into the NYSPHSAA Class B championship game at 10 a.m. Sunday against Section IV’s Chenango Forks (20-0-1). The Blue Devils defeated Wheatley (Section VIII) 3-0 in a snowy Saturday morning semifinal.

The Golden Knights, ranked No. 2 in the state, are 17-0-1 in their last 18 games. They’ve outscored opponents 93-9 this season, and have allowed only four goals in their last 14 games.

"I’m really excited," senior forward Hannah Bochniak said. "This is really awesome, especially to come out with a 4-0 win in a state semifinal game. It’s awesome."

On Saturday, Bochniak, Mayle Lupia-Eannace and Alexis Johnson added the insurance goals.

Holland Patent coach Josh Olney, meanwhile, said that Roberts played "spectacular" in net — she even made a stop on a penalty kick — while defenders like Lupia-Eannace, Maddie Pflieger, Sara Rachon and Paige Stalker teamed up with the midfield, double-teaming Allegany-Limestone stars like Alyssa Spring — who entered the game with 33 goals — Molly McClelland and Sofia Fortuna.

"They had a very good counter attack," Olney said. "We noticed that right from the beginning. As soon as the ball was moving in the midfield, we knew their forwards were making runs."

"They’re better than we are," said Allegany-Limestone’s 37-year coach Dale MacArthur, whose state-ranked No. 3 Gators ended the season 18-3 after winning last year’s Class C state championship. "That’s a really nice team. I think they’ve got a real shot tomorrow against a team I thought was the prohibitive favorite."

Saturday’s game was played in freezing temperatures, but Holland Patent got off to a hot start on Dornburgh’s goal in the sixth minute. Bochniak set up the play with a cross by the right corner, where Samantha Rachon and Dornburgh fought with Gator defenders for possession before the junior's shot beat keeper Tierney Hemphill for the score.

"To score that early, it gives the team a lot of momentum," Dornburgh said. "Everyone’s like ‘Yes, we got this!’ It made us go harder."

In the 10th minute, Dornburgh played a ball by the right post but it was just out of Bochniak's reach and it rolled out of play.

Holland Patent had plenty of other chances, like when Lupia-Eannace — whose triple-overtime goal in the Central Region final eliminated Academy of Holy Names — blasted a shot that sailed just out of the reach of Hemphill’s fingertips for a 2-0 lead in the 25th.

After Roberts made a handful of difficult saves — including a diving save with her legs — to keep Allegany-Limestone off the board, the Knights took a 3-0 lead into intermission when Dornburgh found Alexis Johnson for a goal in the 37th minute.

Holland Patent’s final goal came in the 45th minute. Samantha Rachon’s shot deflected off of Libby Waugaman’s hand inside the box. The Knights didn’t get a handball call, but Bochniak made up for it with a goal by the right post, sneaking her shot between Hemphill’s legs.

Allegany-Limestone’s best chance at a goal was when Roberts stopped Spring’s penalty kick in the 66th minute.

"That would’ve been a huge turning point," Roberts said. "They score that one goal and you change the whole momentum of the game."

Pflieger from Holland Patent and Liz Collins from Allegany-Limestone were given sportsmanship awards.

Contact reporter Marquel Slaughter at 315-792-4963 or follow him on Twitter @OD_Slaughter.

 

Holland Patent 4,

Allegany-Limestone 0

Holland Patent (21-1-1): Anna Dornburgh 1-1, Alexis Johnson 1-0, Hannah Bochniak 1-0, Mayle Lupia-Eannace 1-0, Samantha Rachon 0-1. No goalie stats available.

Allegany-Limestone (18-3): No goalie stats available.

Halftime: 3-0 Holland Patent.