Semifinal Preview: Class C1 Boys’ Soccer

Reigning Class C1 champion East Rochester. (PHOTO: MIKE GENTILE)

By PAUL CIFONELLI

With two of the top four seeds already out of the tournament, the path for East Rochester to win its second consecutive Class C1 title will run through a league foe and the last team to beat it in a sectional match. On the other side of the bracket, Pavilion/York is coming off a victory over the No. 2 seed. The semifinals will be played on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Here’s the breakdown:

No. 1 seed EAST ROCHESTER BOMBERS (11-1-0/Wayne County) vs. No. 5 seed SODUS SPARTANS (7-5-0/Wayne County)

How they got here: East Rochester beat Byron-Bergen/Elba 14-0 in the quarterfinals. Sodus knocked off Bloomfield 2-1 as the lower seed in the quarters. Both teams got a bye through the opening round.

Total goals scored: East Rochester (82), Sodus (31)

Total goals allowed: East Rochester (17), Sodus (28)

Last time they met: East Rochester beat Sodus twice this season, 6-1 and 4-1. Chuck Domm had four goals and two assists over the two games.

Trends: East Rochester has won its last nine games. All 11 of the Bombers’ wins are by multiple goals, with eight of them being by four or more. Sodus has wins in its last four matches, which snapped a two-game skid.

Names to know: East Rochester – Chuck Domm (Sr. attack 40 goals/23 assists), Russell Domm (Sr. attack 22 goals/24 assists), Max Wagner (Sr. attack 11 goals/9 assists), Ian Szemcsak (Jr. midfielder 4 goals/3 assists), Jalen Patterson (Sr. back 4 goals/2 assists)

Sodus – Donovan Fillmore (Sr. attack 10 goals), Herbert Ray (Sr. attack 7 goals/2 assists), Kyle Zerbe (Jr. attack 5 goals/1 assist), Jose Zuniga Vega (Jr. midfielder 3 goals/1 assist), Marcellus Burton (Sr. midfielder 2 goals/8 assists), Mason Karasinski (Sr. back 2 goals/4 assists)

Coaches: Mike Domm (East Rochester), Kevin Hauck (Sodus)

History 101: East Rochester won the Class C1 title in 2010 and 2019 and was a finalist in 2011 and 2018. Sodus captured the C1 championship in 2018 with a win over the Bombers. The Spartans also advanced to the C1 semifinals in 2017 and 2019.

The division rivals will meet again on Tuesday at East Rochester.

No. 3 seed HOLLEY HAWKS (9-3-1/Genesee County) vs. No. 7 seed PAVILION/YORK GOLDEN GOPHERS (8-5-1/Livingston County Division II)

How they got here: Holley advanced to the semifinals after Addison forfeited in the quarters. Pavilion/York defeated Canisteo-Greenwood 1-0 in the play-in round, then beat Avon 1-0 in the quarterfinals.

Total goals scored: Holley (23), Pavilion/York (47)

Total goals allowed: Holley (15), Pavilion/York (21)

Last time they met in the postseason: These teams haven’t met in the postseason since 2002.

Trends: Holley ended the regular season with a loss and draw after winning four matches in a row. Pavilion/York has won six of its past nine games, including a draw. All of the Golden Gophers’ wins over that time have come by shutout.

Names to know: Holley – Nathan Nothnagle (Sr. back 11 goals/6 assists), Kayden Servais (Sr. back 6 goals/6 assists), Cameron Bates (attack 4 goals/2 assists), KJ Biedlingmaier (Sr. midfielder 1 goal/3 assists), Broek Ostrum (Jr. goalkeeper 77 saves/1.04 goals against average)

Pavilion/York – Kyan Tiede (Fr. midfielder 12 goals/7 assists), Jackson Feltham (Jr. midfielder 12 goals/4 assists), Zack Tillotson (So. attack 6 goals/2 assists), Caleb Brooks (Jr. midfielder 4 goals/2 assists), Jake Taylor (Sr. attack 9 assists), Evan Amberger (Sr. goalkeeper 83 saves/1.50 goals against average)

Coaches: Josh Carpenter (Holley), Matt Roth (Pavilion/York)

History 101: Holley made the Class C1 semifinals in 2011, 2016 and 2017. The Hawks also won the 2010 Class B championship. Pavilion/York’s last sectional win was in 2010, when the team wasn’t combined. Pavilion has the victory.

Holley and Pavilion/York will square off on Thursday at Holley at 6 PM.

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