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Rams rout Golden Eagles in sectional quarterfinals

Tom Passmore
The Leader

BATH - On a frigid Saturday night in the Section V Class B2 quarterfinals, top-seeded Haverling looked like a team searching for its third-straight sectional title by winning in dominating 5-0 fashion against No. 9 Wayland-Cohocton.

The Rams' talent was on full display, scoring goals in a slew of different ways.

Four minutes in, Keefer Calkins capitalized on a handball in the box from the Golden Eagles that resulted in a penalty kick.

While just the beginning of what would be an onslaught of Ram goals, the first was important for Haverling in its first taste of the 2020 postseason. Wayland-Cohocton defeated No. 8 Mynderse in the pre-quarterfinal round on Wednesday.

"It's always good to score early," Haverling head coach Matt Hill said. "It always nice, it relieves pressure for the guys if you can put one in early."

Haverling's second score would come off a corner kick with 16 minutes left in the first half when Braden Yartym put a corner in the box that glanced off a defender and found the head of Zach Musso.

Hill has preached set pieces all season long to his team.

"We've been working throughout the year on set pieces, and we know how important they are," said Hill. "60 to 70 percent of goals in soccer are scored off set pieces, and we had a couple today. It was nice to see."

DJ Smith capped off a dominant first half for the Rams, putting in a right-footed shot in the top left corner of the net from just to the right of the goal.

Gavin Buckley and Keefer Calkins added to the scoring total with second half goals.

As impressive as Haverling's offense was, the defense played just as well if not better.

The Rams didn't allow Wayland-Cohocton to get a shot on goal off until just 22 minutes remained in the game.

"Ezra Hoad, Cayden Mattison, Brendan Strong and AJ Brotz did a great job out there," said Hill of his defense. "[Wayland-Cohocton's] two front runners are two really good players and we just did a fantastic job."

The Rams held a Wayland-Cohocton team scoreless that registered 32 scores in 13 games and had only been shut out once in the regular season.

Golden Eagle goalkeeper Mike Recktenwald played admirably in goal, stopping 15 shots.

Haverling will move on to play the fifth-seeded Williamson at a time and location to be determined on Tuesday. Williamson knocked off No. 4 Attica 3-0 on Saturday and holds a 7-4 overall record on the season.