BY STEVEN HEATON
MASSENA - The Madrid-Waddington boys soccer team needed just 2:07 of additional time, in the first 15 minute sudden-victory overtime period, to knock off defending Section 10 Class C champion Norwood-Norfolk at Mike Nicholas Field on Wednesday evening.
Quinn Shoen ran down a long pass from the midfield to the left corner, broke free from a good effort by a Norwood-Norfolk defender sent an endline shot which Flyer keeper Jeremy Waite couldn't scoop up. Tyler Jaquith was in the right position to knock home the rebound for the game-winning goal - his third goal of the season, for a 2-1 victory.
"You're not going to see a better assist than that in a high school game. Quinn just made a heck of a run and sent in a tough pass. It was just a gutsy effort," said M-W Coach Gary Tischler whose team returns to the State Tournament after a one-year hiatus.
The Jackets (13-1-3) face the Section 2 or Section 7 champion on the weekend of November 12-13 at Section 7 or Section 10. Also in the victory, the Jackets reversed their only loss of the season, 2-1 to N-N on October 14. The Flyers earned a 3-2 decision over Brushton-Moira last season in the championship and the Panthers fell 2-1 in 2008 to Madrid-Waddington in the finals.
"I told the team that win or lose after regulation that we weren't losing on a lack of effort. Everyone on this team one through 20 stepped up this week. Tom Mayette and Josh Tiernan are nursing injuries and our team played with passion tonight. Norwood-Norfolk is a very dangerous team. They pushed us to the very end," said Tischler.
Norwood-Norfolk Coach Don Peterson knew it was going to be a battle from the start.
"I wasn't surprised Madrid-Waddington came back from 1-0. They're a good team. The turning point of the game was when Jake Fregoe got hurt. They stepped up after that. I was hoping to switch to a double sweeper but Madrid-Waddington got their tying goal before I had a chance," said Peterson whose team ended the season at 7-8-3.
The Flyers took a 1-0 lead with 13:24 left in the first half when Andrew Stone sent a corner kick from the right side to the far left post where Alex Ploof knocked it belt high out of the air and into the cage for his eight goal of the season. The goal came 20 minutes after Tyler Jaquith rifled a dangerous direct kick off the crossbar.
The Jackets recorded their equalizer with 9:40 to play in the second half when Zach Marcellus sent a through-ball from the 40 to the right wing where Kody Sharlow blasted home a shot to the far left corner for his 10th goal of the season. Marcellus almost ended the game before regulation, driving a low shot on goal stopped nicely by Waite with 4:42 to left to play.
Alex Brock finished with three saves as the Jackets had a 15-8 shot advantage and a 4-2 corner kick advantage. Waite made eight stops for N-N.