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Farmington soccer nets state sectional triumph

IMPERIAL, Mo. – Bryce Sancegraw spent much of the first half frustrated on Tuesday night after his usual shooting accuracy wavered on a number of quality scoring chances.

But teammate Tristan Stotler got the Farmington soccer team rolling for a second straight contest, and Sancegraw soon found the range to register the seventh hat trick of his senior season.

The Knights reached the Class 3 state quarterfinal round for the second time in four years, as four goals during a contentious second half punctuated a 5-0 sectional victory over Windsor.

Four yellow cards were issued within a span of 16 minutes – two against each squad – and Farmington (17-3) steadily increased its 1-0 halftime lead during that sour stretch.

Sancegraw used a subtle move to freeze his defender, and slid the ball over Stotler for his second tally and 16th of the season as the Owls retreated too late in the 43rd minute.

Windsor (14-12-1) lost a key midfielder moments later as Cameron Gay was helped off the field with an injured lower leg after being kicked on a clean tackle against Tyler Herzog.

The Owls could not ignite a spirited comeback following the lengthy stoppage, however, as Farmington instead put the contest farther out of reach just 26 seconds later.

Sancegraw sent a diagonal pass ahead to Stotler, who returned the favor with an excellent ball in stride to Sancegraw for the running finish and 3-0 cushion.

Windsor junior Hayden Holmes was shown yellow after being beaten on a dribble by Stotler and pulling him down with a jersey grasp from behind.

Chad Silvey made four saves in the shutout win as his team outshot the opposition 18-7 overall. His best was a diving stop on Tanner Berry near the left post the briefly left him shaken up.

Alejeo Albeba replaced Silvey for about 40 seconds, and added a tremendous save on a redirected shot inside the box to preserve the three-goal margin.

Windsor produced five corner kicks compared to three by Farmington, and applied its best pressure for a stretch of eight minutes late in the match.

But the Knights’ back line stood its ground. Kody Winch delivered a sliding block as Cole Stelling tried to sneak one inside the near post, and Max Reid cleared an airborne dangerous free kick in front.

Windsor keeper Jared Tanner stoned Sancegraw one-on-one in the 79th minute. But with no defensive recovery, Sancegraw circled the rebound and buried the second chance.

Sancegraw then converted a penalty kick for his 40th goal with just 41 seconds remaining after the Owls collected their 17th foul of the game.

Farmington will travel to Webster Groves (13-11-1) on Saturday afternoon while seeking its first state final four appearance in program history.

Gatlin Roberts earned the assist when Stotler broke the ice by gaining a step on a man down the left side and accelerating to create greater separation in the 29th minute.

Stotler threaded a rolling shot past the diving Tanner that caught the opposite post and caromed into the net, giving Farmington an awaited payoff for its dominant ball control in the first half.

The Knights pushed nine men forward to the offensive side of midfield during one juncture, and notched an 8-3 edge in shots before intermission.

Sancegraw had five of those chances, but whistled three drives slightly high while finishing runs and being sprung by Stotler passes. He also drilled the crossbar from 20 yards out in the 37th minute.

Silvey had two stops during an otherwise quiet opening stanza near his cage. He caught a long free kick, and atoned for a stolen soft pass by denying Gay on a drive from the left side.

Farmington threatened once on three corner kicks, but a crowd of defenders prevented Cole Gerstenberger from executing a clean header in the box.

Farmington defender Kody Winch slides to block a shot by Windsor senior Cole Stelling during second half action in a Class 3 state sectional soccer match on Tuesday night in Imperial, Mo.

Farmington defender Kody Winch slides to block a shot by Windsor senior Cole Stelling during second half action in a Class 3 state sectional soccer match on Tuesday night in Imperial, Mo.

Farmington junior Gatlin Roberts (16) dribbles past a Windsor defender during second half action of a Class 3 state sectional soccer contest on Tuesday night.

Farmington junior Gatlin Roberts (16) dribbles past a Windsor defender during second half action of a Class 3 state sectional soccer contest on Tuesday night.

Farmington senior Tristan Stotler reacts after opening the scoring with a goal in the 29th minute of a Class 3 state sectional soccer match against Windsor on Tuesday night.

Farmington senior Tristan Stotler reacts after opening the scoring with a goal in the 29th minute of a Class 3 state sectional soccer match against Windsor on Tuesday night.

Farmington senior back Max Reid (7) carries possession with Windsor senior Cameron Gay (9) in pursuit during the first half of a Class 3 state sectional soccer match on Tuesday night.

Farmington senior back Max Reid (7) carries possession with Windsor senior Cameron Gay (9) in pursuit during the first half of a Class 3 state sectional soccer match on Tuesday night.

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