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Royalton-Hartland's boys soccer team has had enough of the drama. So the Rams made sure that there wasn't any nail-biting Saturday to go along with their 2-0 victory over Bishop Kearney of Rochester in the Far West Regional.

And that's certainly a good thing.

The Rams and their fans may not have had any nails left to begin with, following their shootout victory over Holland in Wednesday's Class B Section VI final.

Roy-Hart was the only Section VI team to survive Saturday.

In Class A, Williamsville East lost to Pittsford-Mendon, 4-2, in a shootout after 110 minutes of scoreless soccer.

In Class D, Genesee Valley posted a 2-0 shutout over North Collins. Sweet Home in Class AA and Allegany-Limestone in Class C were eliminated on Friday.

An aggregate crowd of an estimated 600 took in the day's action despite the blustery and bone-chilling conditions in Lewiston-Porter's Elia Stadium.

With its victory, Roy-Hart (14-5-1) advanced to the state semifinals and will face either Potsdam (Section X) or Syracuse's Westhill (III) on Saturday at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. The state finals will be played the following day.

Roy-Hart goalkeeper Brandon Guild made 17 saves for his third shutout in postseason play. Brett Tinder and Kevin Morse anchored Roy-Hart's defense, which allowed Kearney (13-7-1) only a few quality scoring opportunities.

"(Kearney) had a lot of chances, but they really didn't have any solid chances," said Rams coach Jeremiah Hicks. "Most of their shots were from the outside, about 25 yards away. We played it exactly how we had to play to win."

Roy-Hart jumped out to an early lead when Jason Phipps scored just 48 seconds into the game. Morse coated the Rams' lead midway through the first half with a little help from the opposition. Morse's crossing pass from 45 yards out was headed into the net by a Kearney defender in a failed clearing attempt.

"I was proud of the kids," said Hicks. "They kept to the game and played their defense and they attacked when they had the chances. . . . The kids are playing probably the best soccer they've played all year."

"We're not happy with sectionals, we're not happy with regionals," Wilcox said of his team's playoff run, the longest in school history. "We're going all the way. We made it this far, we're going to win."

Williamsville East's (16-3-4) season came to a heartbreaking end as it went toe to toe with Pittsford-Mendon (17-1-2) in a defensive struggle, but the Section V representative prevailed in the shootout.

"I told (our team) that there are only five teams in New York State that end their season on a win, and unfortunately we weren't one of them," said Flames coach Ron Schumacher. "I feel badly that for 11 of our seniors, this was their last game. You hate to have them go out like this, but I'm real proud of these guys."

Brothers Dustin and Austin Kelley scored second-half goals for Genesee Valley (20-2-1), which ended North Collins' season. The Eagles' (17-3) potent offensive attack, including seniors Brandon Wilczynski (34 goals) and Chris Bley (23), was unable to get on the board.

"We just didn't score," said North Collins coach Grant Walters. "And if you don't score, you don't win soccer games. We're disappointed, but I think Genesee Valley really earned it."

Six players on the Eagles' roster, including three top reserves, were not in uniform Saturday for reasons Walters would not specify. That left the Eagles with just four players on the bench.

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