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Extra game puts Holland out

The Holland girls soccer season came to an abrupt end at Saturday's Section VI seedings meeting when it was discovered the team played 17 games during the regular season, one over the limit allowed by the NYS Public High School Athletic Association.

As a result, it has been disqualified from the Section VI tournament, which begins this week.

On the official Section VI girls soccer website, Holland reported it played 12 games in ECIC IV, two in the Portville Tournament and nonleague games against Hamburg, Iroquois and Depew.

Holland officials filed an appeal with Section VI on Monday, but were unsuccessful.

"Unfortunately a mistake was made and the consequences are severe," said Section VI Girls Chairman Chris Durr, now in his 11th year. "I know it was an honest mistake, not something they tried to do. They had a great team, great players, they went to regionals last year and had a great team coming back."

Holland was the defending Section VI Class C champions, won the ECIC IV title and would have been a No. 1 seed in the tournament. Holland will forfeit its last game of the season, a win over Alden.

-- Mary Jo Monnin

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