CLINTON — Third time’s a charm for Holland Patent’s girls soccer team.

After falling to Clinton in both regular season games this fall, Emery Crossley’s second-half goal helped Holland Patent avenge those losses in Saturday’s Section III Class B quarterfinals, lifting the fifth-seeded Golden Knights to a 1-0 victory over the fourth-seeded Warriors at Clinton Central School in another epic postseason meeting between the Center State Conference Division I rivals.

"Because we lost (to Clinton) twice before, winning this proves that we can do whatever it takes," said junior Rory Richard, Holland Patent’s leading scorer. "We’re a true family. Coming together and playing with these girls, it just means a lot. And this game meant a lot to us."

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Crossley netted her game-winning goal in the 70th minute. The sophomore was alone on the other end of a long ball on the right side of the field. Her shot made it just inside the near post — not far from where a Holland Patent fan held a "Cross it like Crossley #7" sign.

"I was really excited to get that goal," Crossley said. "To see all the girls run up to me — and just to be a family — it’s such a good feeling."

Holland Patent (15-3-1) — No. 17 in the state rankings — moves on to Tuesday’s semifinals at 5:30 p.m. at Jamesville-DeWitt. Coach Josh Olney’s Golden Knights will play Central Valley Academy — which defeated South Jefferson 1-0 on Saturday thanks to senior Reilly Rich's last-second goal — for a spot in the section final.

Clinton coach Beth Baker’s CSC Division I champion and fourth-seeded Warriors — ranked No. 12 in the state — ended the season 16-2-1. They defeated Holland Patent 2-1 and 2-0 in the regular season.

Last year, Holland Patent and Clinton went 1-1-1 against each other en route to sharing the Section III Class B championship — the first section title for both programs. The Knights advanced on penalty kicks and eventual appeared in the state championship game.

"I’m so grateful for this team," said Haedyn Roberts, Holland Patent’s senior goalkeeper who is committed to play basketball at Le Moyne next year. "These 18 girls work their butts off every day in practice. We got through this game by hustling and trusting each other. I trust them with everything and I don’t want anyone else playing in front of me other than these girls."

Thanks to an even more competitive Section III Class B girls soccer bracket this year, the postseason rematch came a few rounds earlier.

Clinton’s Gwen Williams, Alexa Bohling, Madison Luke and Mia Lopata helped the Warriors dominate possession in the first half. The tide turned in the final 40 minutes, when Jessica Landman, Annastasha Dornburgh and others pressured Clinton’s junior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Williams — who has a school record 46 shutouts — and her defense while Richard was marked by Avery Maxam.

Roberts praised her defenders — Olivia Bochniak, Paige Stalker, Meaghan Greenway, Sara Rachon and "lightning bolt" Sam Buley — after posting her 12th shutout. Her Knights are on a five-game winning streak. They are outscoring opponents 73-9 this season.

"They don’t give up on me. They don’t give up on each other," Roberts said. "I love playing defense with them."

Elsewhere in Class B, Rich's game-winning goal for the top-seeded and state-ranked No. 6 Thunder (17-1-1) was her 36th of the season. The senior broke her own singe-season mark that she set as an eighth-grader.

it took penalty kicks for second-seeded Marcellus (15-2-1) to advance past 10th-seeded Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (12-5-1).

Marcellus will play third-seeded Westhill (15-1-1) — a 2-1 overtime winner over Chittenango — at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jamesville-DeWitt.

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