Senior forward Isabella Callahan scored three goals and head coach Renee LaValley’s Whitesboro field hockey team (7-9-1) on Wednesday advanced to the Section III Class B semifinals with a 6-1 win over New Hartford (5-12).
Sophomore forward Angie Cirasuolo, junior midfielder Morgan Misiaszek and sophomore Makayla Arnold – who was called up to the varsity team Sept. 18 – all scored goals for the Warriors during the first-round matchup at Whitesboro’s Ed Wadas Athletic Complex. Senior Kaiden Steele contributed two assists, while sophomore Emma Scranton and senior captain Kelcie Mulligan each provided one assist.
For New Hartford, junior Allie Carbone scored the Spartans’ lone goal, and was assisted by freshman Ella Grieco on the play.
Whitesboro goalie Jessica Mahardy had two saves, and freshman Emilee Clarey had 16 saves for the Spartans.
A year ago, Whitesboro finished 6-11 after being shut out 7-0 by eventual Class B champ Holland Patent in the semifinals of last year’s Section III tournament.
Whitesboro’s next matchup will be against top-seeded East Syracuse-Minoa (9-2-5) in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Central Valley Academy. Class B’s other semifinal will be between second-seeded Holland Patent (14-1-1) and No. 3 Cortland (7-6-2).
In Class D action, defending Class D sectional champion Sauquoit Valley (6-10) entered Wednesday’s first-round matchup with No. 4 Port Byron (9-7-1) as the fifth-seeded team in the Section III tournament.
Sauquoit Valley cut the Panthers’ lead to 5-3 with about 16:37 remaining in the second half, but were unable to complete the comeback and fell 9-3.
A year ago, Sauquoit Valley – led by all-state senior midfielder Maryann Lewandrowski and Section III All-Star senior forward Emily Lasalle – defeated Weedsport 1-0.
Port Byron will advance to face top-seeded Weedsport (13-2-1) in Sunday’s semifinal round. The other Class D semifinal will match third-seeded Little Falls (9-7) against No. 2 Morrisville-Eaton at 11 a.m. Sunday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.
In Class A, second-seeded Rome Free Academy (12-3-1) will face No. 3 Cicero-North Syracuse (7-6-2) at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Baldwinsville High School.
For Class C, top-seeded Camden (12-4) will face No. 4 Cazenovia (9-6-2) – which defeated No. 5 Mount Markham (10-6-1) 1-0 in Tuesday’s opening round – in a semifinal at 3 p.m. Sunday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.
The other Class C semifinal will pit second-seeded Clinton (14-1-1) against No. 3 Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (8-8-1) – which beat Canastota (8-9) 2-1 Tuesday. That game will be played at 5 p.m. Sunday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.
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