By TIM IRVING
Palmyra-Macedon senior Kylie Waeghe flew up the right side of the field 1:30 into the Class B State Quarterfinals against Lewiston-Porter and fired a shot off the crossbar.
It looked like the beginning of an end-to-end affair at Caledonia-Mumford High School but things changed dramatically from there.
Sophie Auer and Logan Monteleone scored goals for Lancers a minute apart and less than ten minutes into the game, the Red Raiders were looking at a deficit.
Pal-Mac kept the pressure on and earned a corner kick. Mercedes Buckingham sent a corner kick into the goal mouth and Molly Seither put it in to cut the lead in half.
A couple of minutes later, the Section VI champs scored again to make it 3-1.
Despite the score, junior keeper Clare Boesel was brilliant in the nets for the Red Raiders, making a couple of diving and jumping saves to keep the game from getting out of hand.
“Thank God she showed up today because that would’ve been really ugly,” coach Mike Karns said.
With 23 minutes to play in the second half, Waeghe sent a cross to Maya Ikewood and the sophomore netted her team-leading 26th goal of the season to cut the lead to 4-2.
“We get one more in there and it’s 4-3 and we haven’t given up five goals and I-don’t-know-how long but, they’re good,” Karns said after Auer knocked a ball in with 1:52 to play to lock up the victory.
The Red Raiders (18-3) return eight starters and Karns sees Lewiston-Porter as the type of team his team needs to be next season.
“We had a great season. We’ve got some work to do in the off-season to get to this level, I mean, you get past this game and it gets even harder but they’re good. We gave it our best shot.”
The Lancers face Wheatley of Long Island in the Class B State semifinals in Cortland.