Kendall girls down Kearney to gain semis

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 October 2017 at 10:32 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Hailee Mitchell tries to keep the ball away from Bishop Kearney’s Amata Valentini during the host Lady Eagles sectional win this evening.

Rebounding from an early deficit, No. 4 seed Kendall rallied to defeat visiting No. 12 Bishop Kearney 3-1 this evening in the quarterfinals of the Section V Class D-1 girls soccer playoffs.

Improving to 14-4, Kendall now faces  No. 1 Wheatland-Chili, a 4-0 victor over No. 8 Alfred-Almond, in the semifinals next Wednesday at a site to be determined. W-C downed Kendall 3-1 during the Geneesee Region League season.

Kendall’s Taylor ReQua brings the ball up field.

Kearney grabbed a 1-0 lead when Kaia Goode scored on a breakaway with 11:49 remaining in the first half.

However, Kendall answered right back with a pair of goals in the final four minutes to the half to move on top for good.

Kendall knotted the contest on a penalty kick goal byTaylor ReQua with 4:47 to go. The Lady Eagles then took the lead on a goal by Michela Hanlon with just 40 seconds remaining on a rebound shot off a corner kick by ReQua.

That same combination Hanlon from ReQua later added an insurance goal midway through the second half.

Katherine Pearson made 5 saves to earn the win in goal for the Lady Eagles.

The Lady Eagles also downed Kearney by a narrow 1-0 margin early in the season at the Kendall Tournament.

Kendall’s Michela Hanlon drives toward the goal.