Mohonasen advances to semifinals

The Mohonasen boys soccer team is one step closer to its ultimate goal.

The Mighty Warriors defeated Section X champion Massena 1-0 last Saturday at SUNY Plattsburgh to win the Class A regional final and advance to this weekend's state tournament at the Hall of Fame Complex in Oneonta.

They're focused, and they want to win Saturday, said Mohonasen coach Josh Gregg. "They're not satisfied with just making the semifinals " they want to win and play on Sunday."

Gregg wasn't satisfied with his team's performance against Massena in the regional final, despite the fact that the Mighty Warriors controlled the action from start to finish. Mohonasen (15-8-1) outshot Massena 21-3, but only got a Taylor Rabolvsky first-half goal out of it.

"We were making bad decisions in the offensive third (of the field)," said Gregg.

The defense continued its solid play, though. The Mighty Warriors rarely allowed Massena a good look at the goal in posting their fourth shutout in their last six games.

"We've given up two goals in six postseason games, so our defense has been solid," said Gregg.

Mohonasen is hoping to continue its solid play Saturday when it meets Long Island champion Comsewogue in the state semifinals " a team Gregg said he knows little about.

"The bottom line is we don't know them too well, but at the same time, they're not going to know us too well. I think it's a level playing field," said Gregg.

If Mohonasen beats Comsewogue Saturday, it would meet the winner of the Class A semifinal between Kenmore East (Section VI) and Harrison (Section I) in Sunday's state championship game.

"The icing on the cake would be the state championship," said Gregg. "It's been a great run so far but we want more."

Saturday's Mohonasen-Comsewogue game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Complex off Interstate 88 south of downtown Oneonta.""

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