3 area teams set sights on sectional titles

Friday morning sports wrap

COPENHAGEN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A pair of local high school teams are going after sectional titles this weekend -- one on the soccer field and one on the gridiron.

The Copenhagen Lady Golden Knights will meet Poland at SUNY Cortland Friday night for the girls' Section 3 Class D soccer championship and OFA and Gouverneur collide Saturday afternoon for the Section 10 Class C football championship.

The Lady Golden Knights is the one Frontier League team left in the Section 3 soccer playoffs

Coach Charity Smykla's team advanced to the Class D championship game by beating Fabius-Pompey 4-3 in penalty kicks Wednesday night.

Up next is a meeting with the Poland, the top-ranked team in the state in Class D. A trip to the states is on the line.

"We just hope to come to the game and compete like we've done all season long, take it one game at a time, play our best and hope for the best," Smylka said.

"It's definitely a little bit nerve wracking, I'd say, but I think if we all give it our 100 percent, I think we have a pretty good chance," junior Brooke Smylka said.

"We're pretty excited to be matching up against them," senior Chelsey Hancock said. "I think it will be a good game and we're ready to show up for it"

"It's kinda exciting to go against them, because we have never played them," goalie Olivia Buckley

For coach Smykla, it's a rare opportunity.

She won a sectional and state championship playing for the Lady Golden Knights and now the former player has a chance to bring home a title as the coach.

"You know, when it's over and you look back, immediately I knew I wanted to be a part of the Copenhagen tradition and I really wanted to be a part of soccer, because I feel what's instilled in us at Copenhagen as we grow up it's still with us and we want to keep passing it down," she said, "and you know being a small school, that's what passes it down, it's the kids that grow into adults and give back to the community."

Gouverneur vs. OGA on the gridiron

The Section 10 Class C football championship is set for Saturday at Gouverneur, where the top-seed and undefeated Wildcats square off against OFA for a trip to the states.

The Wildcats hope history doesn’t repeat itself. Last year, an undefeated Gouverneur team lost to OFA 28-0 in the section 10 Class C title tilt.

OFA and Gouverneur are set to clash on the gridiron this weekend for the Section 10 Class C football championship.
OFA and Gouverneur are set to clash on the gridiron this weekend for the Section 10 Class C football championship. (Source: WWNY)

"When we beat someone in the season and then they beat us in the championship game, I take that personal," Wildcats coach Shawn Devlin said, "so I'm going to make sure that I do everything in my power that we are prepared and our coaching staff is prepared and our players are prepared, so we have a better opportunity to fix that issue."

"We have to do everything better if we want to beat Ogdensburg," Wildcats quarterback Caleb Farr said. "I mean they know our every move, we know their every move -- it's just going to be a really physical game.

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

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