The Tompkins Cortland women's soccer team made it to the Region III-B semifinal in dramatic fashion, advancing on penalty kicks in Tuesday's upset of the #6-seed team in the region. Playing at home on Thursday against #3-seed SUNY Broome, the Panthers couldn't muster up any dramatics as the Hornets won by a score of 5-0. The Panthers, the #11-seed in the region, end the season with a record of 6-8-2. Broome advances to the Region III-B championship game with a record of 13-3.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Broome, but the wet weather left that field unplayable, so the game was moved to Tompkins Cortland's turf field. In the very first minute of play, the Panthers put together a quality scoring chance. After Broome started the game, the Panthers gained possession and Elisa Clavel (Ithaca/Lehman Alternative Community School) played a pretty pass through the defense to Shannon DeRosa (Poughquag/Arlington H.S.). DeRosa pushed the ball forward and was able to get an open look from inside the box, but the Broome keeper came up big with the save. It would prove to be the best scoring chance of the afternoon as the Panthers were limited to just four shots for the game. Broome didn't have a ton of chances of their own, but the Hornets were able to capitalize, scoring the first goal in the fourth minute of play and then adding three more before the halftime break. The Hornets added another score early in the second half to make the final 5-0.
The season ends for the Panthers with the semifinal loss. It marks the fourth time in the past seven seasons the team has made it at least to the semifinal round of the NJCAA Region III playoffs.