Northstar Christian Academy will try to capture its first sectional title since 1999 while the C.G. Finney Falcons will look to claim its second title in program history. The Knights and Falcons will face off on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the 2022 Section V Class D2 Girls’ championship up for grabs. Here’s the tale of the tape:
No. 1 seed NORTHSTAR CHRISTIAN ACADEMY KNIGHTS (16-1-1/ Private Parochial Division 2) vs. No. 2 FINNEY FALCONS(13-4-1/ Private Parochial Division 2)
How they got here: Northstar Christian Academy (No. 8 NYSSWA Class D) advanced to the Class D2 semifinals with its close victory over No. 8 Andover/Whitesville 2-1. Allie Skeval’s two-goal performance led the Knights to a 4-0 win over No. 4 Hammondsport. Finney won two comfortable games against No. 7 Mount Morris and No. 3 Jasper-Troupsburg 6-0 and 4-1.
Total goals scored: Northstar Christian Academy (90), Finney (81)
Total goals allowed: Northstar Christian Academy (14), Finney (23)
Last time they met: The two met twice during the season on September 19 and October 7. The Knights claimed the first meeting 3-2 and the two tied 1-1 during their second meeting.
Trends: Northstar Christian Academy has won eight out of its nine games with the other result being a tie. In the Knight’s last nine games, they scored 46 goals. Finney has won its last three matches and has only given up two goals during that span.
Players to Watch for Northstar Christain Academy: Grace Kearney So. M/F 21 goals, 13 assists; Ava Thomas-Guzman Sr. M/F 17 goals, 7 assists; Allie Skeval 8th F 15 goals, 9 assists; Katelyn Demarest Jr. M/F 13 goals, 9 assists; Lydia Demarest So. M/F 4 goals, 14 assists; Alisha Demarest 8th GK/M 101 saves, 10 goals allowed, 1026 minutes in goal.
Finney: Gracie Groome Sr. F 31 goals, 12 assists; Allie Frederickson So. M/F 16 goals, 15 assists; Ava Lombardo 8th D/M 4 goals, 5 assists; Addy Bochno Fr. M/F 3 goals, 6 assists; Grace Vitti Sr. Gk/D 67 saves, 13 goals allowed, 880 minutes in goal.
Coaches: Andrea Demarest (Northstar Christian Academy), Earl Blackmon (Finney)
History 101: Northstar Christian Academy is looking to capture its first sectional title since 1999. A Knights victory would give them their third sectional title in program history. Finney is seeking their first sectional title since 2000. A Falcons victory would give them their first Class D1 title and second overall.
A 2 p.m. kickoff is scheduled at East Rochester High School.