The Black River High School boys' soccer team has done it again... can you say "dynasty?"
On Saturday afternoon at the College of St. Joseph, the Presidents knocked off Sharon Academy on penalty kicks to win their third consecutive Division IV state championship. And indeed, it wasn't an easy road to the title.
In the semi-final match up against a top-seeded Proctor team coming in at 15-0-1, the number-four seeded Presidents pulled off the upset, with Kippie Turco nailing a penalty kick and assisting on a goal from Ben Farrow in a stunning, 2-0 win over the Phantoms in Pittsford.
However along with the two goals, perhaps the biggest factor in this contest was the defense job BR senior James Greenwood did on Phantoms sharp-shooter Keagan McDonnell, who only managed to get a few shots the entire game.
The win propelled the now 13-3-1 Presidents into the title game for the third consecutive year.
In the championship match up against number-two seeded Sharon Academy, the two teams battled through regulation and two over time tied at one goal apiece, before the Presidents finally won the title, 4-2, on penalty kicks.
Jake Covell scored the first goal of the game at 3:11 of the second half coming on a beautiful corner kick from Kippie Turco that floated perfectly into the box.
In the waning moments of regulation however, Sharon took a chance by pushing all 11 players in the goal area on a corner kick and their effort paid off as they scored with just 37 seconds to, sending the game to overtime.
The two 10 minute overtime stanzas did not produce a winning goal, which brought on the penalty kicks.
Black River keeper Chris Kawalski would make two big saves, while Noah Schmidt, Covell, James Greenwood and finally, the senior captain Turco, making the last kick to end the shoot out.
The victory gave Black River their third consecutive Division IV title.