December 1, 2021

Sustad breaks record, Cincy girls to semis

CINCINNATUS — Kyla Sustad etched her name into the Cincinnatus history books early in Thursday’s NYSPHSAA Section III Class D quarterfinal.

Then she kept on scoring, because of course she did.

Sustad scored five goals, including her 123rd career varsity goal, breaking the all-time Cincinnatus record, as part of the No. 3 Lions’ 7-0 win over the No. 6 DeRuyter Rockets at Fireman’s Field.

Kyle Sustad scored the record-breaking goal in the 23rd minute, and the game was paused so the fans and Kyla Sustad’s teammates could honor the moment. And as a junior, Kyla Sustad has another season to add on to her record.

But that goal only made the score 2-0 Lions. The Lions had beaten the Rockets twice by 11-0 scores in the regular season, but the bell-to-bell dominance that might be expected wasn’t evident at the start. Whether it was postseason nerves or better play by the Rockets, it took a while for the Lions offense to get going.

“The girls seemed a little nervous tonight,” Lions coach Lisa Sustad said. “I know there’s going to be so much more stress on Tuesday that it actually makes me feel a little bit more nervous the way that tonight went. Hopefully we get our nerves under control the next couple of practices.”

Jarisa Temple got the first goal in the 18th minute, her 14th of the season, and once Kyla Sustad got her first one past Rockets goalie Kelsey Brown (13 saves), it was hard to stop her. Shea added goals in the 27th and 40th minutes to net a hat trick at halftime, and tacked on two unassisted goals in the 50th and 71st minutes to get her up to 127 career goals and 62 on the season.

Cassia Schuyler added a goal in the 63rd minute off a deflection, her 12th of the season.

The Lions (14-1) will face No. 2 Poland in the sectional semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday at V-V-S. The Tornadoes blew out No. 7 Belleville-Henderson, 10-0, in the quarterfinals Thursday. Sustad believes her team’s schedule has helped them prepare for a big neutral site game.

“We’ve been traveling a lot this year,” she said. “We’ve had a lot more away games than home games, and I think that will help us.