September 1, 2011
Marathon toppled by Dryden’s sister act
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Dryden’s Leighann Bennet (27) moves the ball downfield against Marathon’s Bailey McCarthy (2) in the first half of Wednesday’s IAC soccer showdown. Visiting Dryden was a 3-1 winner.
MARATHON — With the help of the Bennett sisters, Dryden High girls got their soccer season off on the right foot Wednesday.
Taylor Bennett scored the go-ahead goal in the final minute of the first half. Leighann Bennett got an insurance goal off a second-half penalty kick as the Purple Lions posted a 3-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division victory over host Marathon in the season opener for both sides.
Marathon drew first blood in the match at Lovell Field. Drew Barber fired a rebound shot into the back of the net 40 seconds into the match. It would be the only shot to elude Dryden goalkeeper Zoe Seznec-Sweetland who stopped five of six shots on goal. Ellena Holl fired the shot that Seznec-Sweetland initially stopped before Barber scored on the follow-up.
Sabrina Jenner tied the game when she headed a corner kick by Leighann Bennett beyond the reach of Marathon netminder Samantha Courtney. Taylor Bennett’s tally gave the visitors a 2-1 lead at the intermission with a nice shot off a steal into the corner of the net.
“Giving up that goal in the final minute of the half really hurt us,” Marathon coach Trish Hayes. “We just played with the ball thinking we could run out that final minute. Taylor stole it in our third of the field and raced in to score the goal.
“We switched things up for the second half and really controlled ball,” she added. “We controlled play, but Dryden capitalized on one real scoring chance. It was an unfortunate hand-ball call in the box. It is the right call, just a bad break for us. Dryden is a very good team and I thought we really played with them with a number of freshmen and sophomores on the field at one time. The girls never gave up and I liked seeing that.”
Visiting Dryden held a 13-6 shot edge, goalie Courtney with seven saves for Marathon.
Dryden will open its home season by hosting Southern Cayuga Friday at 4:30 p.m. Marathon will hit the road Friday for a 7 p.m. match at Lansing. Groton girls will also be getting their season going on Friday, playing host to Trumansburg at 4:30 p.m.
Trumansburg was a 7-0 shutout winner over Moravia to get the season going yesterday, while Whitney Point booted Southern Cayuga 8-0. On IAC South soccer pitches, Newark Valley blanked Odessa-Montour 5-0, Spencer-Van Etten doubled up Watkins Glen 6-3 and Waverly handled Newfield 4-0.
l The IAC North Division boys’ season gets underway with a key early season showdown today, defending Section 4 Class C champion Marathon traveling to take on Dryden at 4:30 p.m.
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