One team is making its third straight sectional final appearance. The other is seeking its second title in four years. Fillmore and Arkport-Canaseraga will meet Thursday to decide the 2020 Section V Class D1 Girls’ Soccer Championship. Here’s the breakdown:
No. 1 seed FILLMORE LADY EAGLES (14-0-0/Allegany County Division I) vs. No. 3 seed ARKPORT-CANASERAGA LADY WOLVES (10-1-0/Steuben County Division II)
How they got here: Fillmore defeated No. 8 seed Charles G. Finney, 5-1, in the quarterfinals and fourth-seeded Keshequa, 3-2, in the semifinals. Arkport-Canaseraga has shut out both of its sectional opponents: No. 6 seed Alfred-Almond, 1-nil, and seventh-seeded Genesee Valley, 5-nil.
Total goals scored: Fillmore (78), Arkport-Canaseraga (53)
Total goals allowed: Fillmore (12), Arkport-Canaseraga (7)
Trends: Fillmore has won 14 straight games, allowing just four goals in their last five games. Arkport-Canaseraga won its last seven games while only allowing three goals.
Names to know: Fillmore – Grace Russell (Fr. midfielder/forward 24 goals/15 assists), Hope Russell (Fr. forward 19 goals/8 assists), Sophia Templeton (Jr. midfielder/forward 16 goals/16 assists), Shelby Beardsley (Sr. midfielder 6 goals/12 assists), Preslee Miller (Fr. goalkeeper 980 minutes played/9 goals allowed/62 saves)
Arkport-Canaseraga – Julia Flaitz (Jr. midfielder/defender 13 goals/11 assists), Maureen Stuckey (So. midfielder/forward 9 goals/8 assists), Jenna Mess (Sr. midfielder/forward 8 goals/1 assists), Guilianna Smith (Sr. midfielder/forward 9 goals/5 assists)
Coaches: Jon Beardsley (Fillmore), John Lieb (Arkport-Canaseraga)
History 101: Fillmore is making its third straight sectional final appearance and seeking its second straight title. The Lady Eagles had previously faced Kendall in both appearances, winning, 3-nil, last season and losing, 2-1, in 2018. Arkport-Canseraga is seeking its second sectional title in four years. The Lady Wolves won the 2017 Class D1 championship. This is the second straight year Fillmore and Arkport-Canaseraga will match up in sectionals. The Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Wolves, 1-nil, in last year’s quarterfinals.
A 6 p.m. kickoff is scheduled at Fillmore High School.