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The Cincinnatus Lady Lions beat Keshequa in the semifinal round of the Class D State Tournament at Homer High School Saturday afternoon.
Cincinnatus won the game with a final score of 2-0.
“We really talked a lot about possession and getting to our passing game,” said Cincinnatus Head Coach Lisa Sustad. “I feel like in the past couple of games we haven’t connected well in the midfield, so we really focused on that in practice.”
Both of Cincinnatus’ goals were scored in the second half of the game by senior Kyla Sustad, who also reached her 200th career goal in the game.
When asked about her reaction to reaching the 200th goal milestone, Kyla Sustad said, “ I just keep working hard, and we all just work as a team. I couldn’t have done it without my team. We all push each other and are happy that we got the win today.”
Kyla Sustad’s goals were assisted by Jarisa Temple and Madelyn Pittsley.
Here is a score breakdown of yesterday’s game:
At the game, Cincinnatus’ Alayna Holtmart was awarded the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to one teammate from each team that has shown good sportsmanship throughout the season.
Cincinnatus will now play in the state championship game against Mount Academy today (November 13th) at 12:30pm at Cortland High School.
“I think that it will come out to be a mental game,” stated Coach Sustad. “It’s going to be really challenging.”
According to the latest state rankings from the New York State Sportswriter Association, Cincinnatus is currently ranked second in the state for Class D; just under No. 1 Mount Academy.
Here are some photos from yesterday’s semifinal game (photos provided by Kaitlyn Hession):