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Live Blog: MacArthur vs. Arlington, Class AA state championship game

MacArthur's #11 Jill Mulholland tries to control the

MacArthur's #11 Jill Mulholland tries to control the ball against Brockport. (Nov. 19, 2011) Credit: Gregg Ordon

In a Cortland, New York minute, everything can change.  

After scoring two late goals in a 56 second span during yesterday's 2-1 win over Brockport, MacArthur is now minutes away from playing in its first state championship game.

Yesterday, the third-ranked Generals beat the top-ranked Class AA team in the state.  Today, they'll have to go through Arlington, the second-ranked team in the state. 

Cloudy day in Cortland but unseansonably warm.  Perfect day for soccer and a state championship celebration.  

Be sure to refresh your page to get live updates throughout the game.  Kickoff is just minutes away...   

12:00 -- MacArthur starting lineup: Kristyn Alonzo, Sam DiClemente, Meghan Dockweiler, Katie Gerdes, Kelly Kempf, Arianna Montefusco, Jill Mulholland, Courtney Noakes, Jenny Scro, Sam Sherman and keeper Jena Cozza.

12:07 -- A lot of play in the midfield in the early going.  Kempf shoots wide from 25 yards out on MacArthur's first shot attempt.

12:13 -- Mulholland's first shot of the day comes from straightaway outside the box but is saved by Arlington keeper Kristen Skonieczny.  Scoreless through ten minutes.

12:20 -- Mulholland's second shot of the day gives MacArthur a 1-0 lead.  She knocks in a corner kick by Montefusco with 28:20 remaining in the first half.  MACARTHUR 1, ARLINGTON 0.

12:24 -- Scro breaks up a potential scoring opportunity by Arlington's Shannon Palmer.  Only the second time Arlington has made it into the MacArthur zone and we're midway through the half.    

12:28 -- Looping shot by Montefusco caught by keeper.

12:34 -- MacArthur dominating possession.  Unable to convert on two corner kicks.  13 minutes remaining in the half.

12:36 -- Shot by Christina Cottone from the top of the box goes wide.  Still nothing doing for Arlington on the offensive end.

12:38 -- Nice move by Mulholland to create space just outside the top of the box but her left-footed shot is saved.  Eight minutes left in the half.

12:43 -- Looping shot from 33 yards out by Noakes is saved by Skonieczny.  Three minutes to go in the half.

12:50 -- DiClemente sent a beautiful through ball down the middle to Mulholland, who was knocked down  on a sliding tackle by the keeper.  MacArthur was called for a foul about 40 yards out just as the half ended, ruining Arlington's first set piece opportunity.  

HALFTIME -- MACARTHUR 1, ARLINGTON 0 

Six shots on goal in the half for MacArthur.  General keeper Cozza is yet to get a touch on the ball.  An early lead for the Scro and Sherman-led defense is the recipe for success for MacArthur.  40 minutes away from bringing a state title back to Levittown.  

1:02 -- Second half underway.  MacArthur now has the wind at their backs 

1:05 -- Corner kick by Dockweiler caught on the fly by keeper three minutes in.

1:06 -- Mulholland sends short pass towards flag to Montefusco, whose shot is saved by Skonieczny.

1:09 -- Mulholland sends a beautiful cross from along endline that is swatted away in traffic by the keeper.  Best scoring opportunity for MacArthur since the goal. 

1:13 -- MacArthur still applying pressure, no signs of conservative play to nurse the lead. Cozza still awaiting her first action.  Someone should get her a magazine or something to pass the time. 

1:16 -- MacArthur is 25 minutes away from state supremacy.

1:20 -- MacArthur struggled to clear the ball but didn't allow any shot attempts.  Montefusco nearly broke free for a breakaway before the keeper came out of net to retrieve the ball.  Mulholland sent another cross to the middle of the box to Kempf, whose shot went just over the crossbar.  18:00 left.

1:27 -- Consecutive corner kicks for MacArthur .  Kempf played a short corner to Mulholland on the second attempt but her liner from the left wing was wide of the far post. Still 1-0, 13 minutes remaining.

1:32 -- 10 minutes remaining.  Let the countdown begin.

1:36 -- Looping shot by Dockweiler caught by keeper with just under six minutes left.  Arlington still has not threatened.  1-0, five minutes to go.

1:38 -- Arlington gets into the box for the first time all game but Scro fends off Shannon Palmer to clear the ball and thwart any opportunity.  Two minutes to go!!!!   

1:39 -- 60 seconds away from a state title.

1:40 -- Allie Pushkarsh gave MacArthur a scare by getting off their first shot attempt of the  game, but it carried just over the crossbar and onto the top of the netting.

1:43 -- MacArthur wins 1-0 to capture its first state title in program history.  Go crazy, Levittown.

FINAL -- MACARTHUR 1, ARLINGTON 0

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