Highlights from Pearl River’s game against Spencerport in the 2017 New York State Girls Soccer Class A championship game.
Simon Wheeler/For The Journal News
CORTLAND – After advancing to the Class A state final Saturday evening, Pearl River senior midfielder Cate Feerick said an upcoming rematch with defending state champs Spencerport would be “the perfect end” to the Lady Pirates’ season and her varsity career.
She had no idea it would end on a cliffhanger.
Pearl River played the Section 5 champions to a 2-2 draw through four overtimes Sunday at Cortland High School to earn co-state champion honors with the Rangers, who ended Pearl River’s season in the state semifinals last year.
“Now there’s no end,” Feerick said. “Being a champion is a great way to end it, but I just feel – with Spencerport – it’s unfinished business.”
It is the 11th time in New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls soccer history that there are co-state champions, and the third time (1992, 1994) is has happened in Class A. It is also the first state championship in program history for Pearl River.
Despite sharing the state title with the sixth-ranked team in the country by USA Today, several Pearl River players were upset with the end result. The Lady Pirates (19-1-3) entered the game eager to face Spencerport, which extended its unbeaten streak to 45 games after Sunday’s draw. Many of Pearl River’s players said they would have rather seen the game determine an outright winner.
“I think we were all kind of bummed it wasn’t us on top in the end,” Pearl River senior Kayleigh Miederich said. “I’m not upset about how it turned out, I’m actually happy.”
Pearl River head coach Tim…