- Millbrook CSD
Girls soccer makes NYS Final Four, sendoff planned
For the first time in Millbrook’s history, a soccer team has reached the New York State Class C Final Four competition.
The Millbrook Varsity Girls Soccer team will be competing in the NYSPHAA Girls Soccer Championships this weekend in Cortland. The team will play a semifinal match against Waterford-Halfmoon at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cortland High School with the state final slated for Sunday at SUNY Cortland should they advance.
They earned the spot by defeating TriValley High School 8-1 in the Section 9 Championship Nov. 1, and by defeating Haldane High School 4-0 in the Regional Final on Saturday, Nov. 5. The team's record is 14 wins and 2 losses.
The team is led by six outstanding seniors, forwards Hudson Heitmann and Beth Bosan, midfielders Sadie Krueger and Emily Grasseler, defender Jordyn Kaan and goal keeper Ella Wilson.
Heitmann, Grasseler, Krueger and Wilson were all named Section 9 All-Stars this year, and Heitmann and Grasseler were both named to the All-Section team.
“We only have 13 players, which should be a problem, but it hasn't been,” Athletic Director Al Hammell said. “Physically, their fitness is at a high level, and the players are used to playing a lot of minutes. Most important is the attitude of the team. The team's mantra is ‘Everyone Matters,’ because they HAVE to in order for us to succeed.” Everyone understands the importance of their role and contributes accordingly.
The Millbrook Girls and Boys Cross Country teams had successful seasons this year.
Ninth grader Dylan Vasquez qualified for the NYSPHSAA Cross Country Boys Championships for the second year in a row. Vasquez qualified for this meet as an individual by coming in 10th place at the Section IX Class D Championship with a time of 17:37 for the three-mile race. This is an improvement of 33 seconds compared to his time at last year's sectional meet.
“Dylan has an incredibly strong work ethic and thrives in competitive and close races where he can utilize his phenomenal kick at the end of the race,” Hammell said. “We look forward to seeing what Dylan will accomplish at the NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships in Verona, NY on Nov. 12, 2022.
To celebrate the accomplishments of the girls team and Vasquez, they will walk the halls of the school buildings Thursday afternoon from 1-2:30 p.m., starting at the high school, moving to the middle school and then Alden Place and Elm Drive, Hammell said.