Kendall girls capture Section V Class CC championship with double OT victory
In a double overtime thriller, No. 2 seed Kendall avenged a narrow 1-0 loss in last year’s final by defeating top seeded Caledonia-Mumford 2-1 to capture the Section V Class CC championship Friday night at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School.
Taylor Rutland scored the game winner with 6:30 remaining in the second 10 minute overtime period, off an assist from her sister Maya Rutland, to give Kendall its’s ninth sectional championship and the first since 2003.
“They played with their hearts and that’s what it took to win. We certainly had to work for it,” said a jubilant Kendall Coach Pam Beres. “They played 100 minutes with all their heart and they played as a team.”
Kendall also got off to a quick start as Maya Rutland scored on a line drive shot just 11 minutes into the first half. It was her team leading 28th goal of the season.
Cal-Mum though came out strong at the outset of the second half to net the equalizer just 1:48 into the half on a goal by Rachel Hume.
The teams then traded a pair of scoring opportunities over the last 20 minutes of the half as Jenna Jacob came up with a pair of key saves in goal for the Lady Eagles. Jacob also had one key save in the first 10 minute overtime period .
Kendall turned up the offensive pressure at the outset of the second overtime period getting three good shots on the Cal-Mum net before Taylor Rutland netted her sixth goal of the season for what proved to be the game winner.
Jenna Jacob and her defensive mates including Kristen Jacob, Tania Arellano, Julia Smith and Amelia Patrick did the rest in blanking Cal-Mum over the last six minutes to preserve the win and the Lady Eagles first sectional championship in 11 years.
Improving to 17-1-1, Kendall will next play in the Section V Class C state qualifier game on Wednesday at a site and time to be determined. The Lady Eagles will face the winner of Monday’s qualifier game between Class CCC champion Avon and Class C champ York.
Avon nipped Byron-Bergen 2-1 for the CCC title. York shared the Class C title with Keshequa after the teams played to a 1-1 tie after four overtimes. However York advanced by edging Keshequa 3-2 on penalty kicks.
Cal-Mum finishes the season at 18-1.