September 2, 2011
Olympians blank Dryden in debut
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Marathon’s Cody Morrison (2) goes up against Dryden’s Ross Cole in the first half of Thursday’s IAC soccer opener. Visiting Marathon was a 3-0 winner.
DRYDEN — It was a successful start to the boys’ soccer season for the defending Section 4 Class C soccer champions on Thursday.
Marathon Central scored a pair of crucial second-half goals to roll to a 3-0 road victory over Dryden in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division opener for both teams.
In another IAC North contest, Southern Cayuga edged Whitney Point 6-5. In IAC South play, Watkins Glen nipped Spencer-Van Etten 3-2, Odessa-Montour downed Newark Valley 4-2 and Elmira Notre Dame whipped Tioga 9-0.
In Section 4 field hockey, Marathon shut out Newark Valley 5-0 in the opening round of the Olympians’ season-opening tournament. Marathon faced Hancock in the championship game this morning.
In volleyball, Dryden posted a 25-17, 25-19, 20-25, 25-13 victory over host Moravia.
Marathon 3, Dryden 0: “We moved the ball very well,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said of his squad, also the defending overall IAC Small School champion. “We really squandered a lot of chances in the second half, scoring wide or high. We were a little impatient in the offensive third of the field, but we were getting our chances.”
Joey O’Shea netted the first Marathon goal of the season as the senior gave the visitors a 1-0 halftime lead.
Anson Dann got the Olympians some breathing room when he tallied an unassisted goal to start the second half scoring. Cody Morrison netted the final Marathon goal off a feed from Cameron Turner.
The Olympians held a comfortable advantage in shots (19-2) and corner kicks (13-1). Robbie Peri made two saves in his season debut for the Olympians. Haile Cutter recorded 13 saves for the Purple Lions.
Marathon will return to IAC action Wednesday as the Olympians host Lansing at 4:30 p.m. At the same time, Dryden will travel to Poplar Ridge to face Southern Cayuga.
IN FIELD HOCKEY —
Marathon 5, Newark Valley 0: There wasn’t any question that Marathon could score goals, the Olympians have been good a that for a long time. The Olympians have also been a good defensive team and that was the biggest worry for coach Karen Funk starting the 2011 season.
Those fears were answered Thursday in the opening round of the tournament at Appleby Elementary School.
“We basically put a backfield unit together,” Funk explained. “Except for one three-shot flurry, our girls did a great job. Margaret Thon, Emily Lawrence, Kassidy Stone and Ashton Hawks really stepped up and did a great job.”
The anchor of that unit is goalkeeper Sam McMahon, who made all three saves during that flurry and was never tested the rest of the match.
Marathon took a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the game when Shelby Underwood the the ball to Tatum Knapp who finished the play strong for the goal. Underwood netted her first of three goals with nine minutes left in the first half on a penalty stroke.
Two more Underwood goals and Brittanie Duda scored the first varsity goal of her career to account for three second-half tallies.
Hailey Pytel made 24 saves for Newark Valley, who faced Afton in the consolation game this morning.
IN VOLLEYBALL —
Dryden 3, Moravia 1: Dryden won the first two games, dropped the third, and then dominated the fourth game 25-13 to beat the Blue Devils.
Taylor Hoyt lead Dryden with 14 service points, including two aces, along five kills and four blocks. Thea Simonet added nine service points, four aces and three blocks.
Moravia was paced by Amy Richards (seven assists), Meghan Ideman (six kills) and Mattea Hilliard (four assists).
Dryden will return to action Thursday as the Purple Lions host Trumansburg.
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