DeWitt Nick Randall called his shot.
Tied 0-0 with Manlius-Pebble Hill in overtime of the Section III Class C boys soccer championship game Tuesday night at CBA's Alibrandi Stadium, Randall huddled with Fabius-Pompey teammate Ben Kogut 25 yards of the net. The Falcons had a free kick and Randall was preparing to take it.
A goal would send Fabius-Pompey to the state regionals for the first time since 2008. Kogut asked Randall — whose goal in regulation was disallowed due to a hand ball — which upper 90 he would score with on the ensuing free kick.
Right, Randall replied. And he did.
“It was amazing just to deliver,” Randall said. “I can’t even explain how I feel right now.”
Randall curled a shot from 20 yards out over the three-man Trojan wall and into that top-right corner. The ball deflected off the intersection between the right post and the crossbar, down and left, behind the goal line and back out where Colton McDevitt cleaned it up for good measure.
With the 1-0 victory, the Falcons won its first sectional title since 2008 and advanced to face Section IV foe Lansing in Saturday's regional final in Oneonta.
F-P controlled possession for the majority of the Tuesday night’s match and neutralized Trojans leading scorer Solomon Ochieng, who entered the game with 26 goals.
“It’s just pure elation right now,” Fabius-Pompey head coach Matt Neuner said. “These boys have been working so hard for such a long time. I’m just so thrilled for them and so thrilled to be in this spot right now.”
The Falcons got the first chance of the game in the second minute when Chase Breed ripped a low shot from the right side. The ball slipped through Dougherty’s hands, but he was able to recover before it crossed the goal line.