September 9, 2009
McGraw nipped by Lions
Nick Constantino’s goal 2:04 into the second half was the game-winner as the Cincinnatus Central boys’ soccer team beat host McGraw Central 2-1 Tuesday in the season-opener for both Central Counties League teams.
In CCL girls’ soccer action, visiting McGraw was a 4-1 winner over Cincinnatus and DeRuyter scored a 5-1 road victory over Otselic Valley.
Cincinnatus 2, McGraw 1: Constantino came down the middle, took a pass from Jake Stone on the right side and put the ball low to the near post for the deciding goal.
The Red Lions opened the scoring 5:08 into the contest when Shondel Wright, at the top of the box, played a ball to Constantino, who put it from the end line to the corner of the goal box for Jake Stone, who went near post with his shot.
McGraw got its only goal just under two minutes later as Jake Griffin scored off a corner kick at 33:03.
“We made poor decisions in the first half that resulted in poor shots or no shot an all,” Cincy coach Leigh Wright said. “In the second half we made better decisions, however didn’t finish like we need to.”
“We have worked hard all preseason to get to this game, and it was nice to see that we were able to compete with a very good Cincy team,” McGraw coach Cory Smith said. “I have to give (goalkeeper) Austin Chambers kudos for his outstanding job in goal for us today. Without him, this game could have been a lot different. I am happy with how we played today, but we do still have many things to cover.”
Chambers made 20 saves to four for the winners’ William Rheinheimer as Cincy had a 32-9 shot advantage.
The Red Lions will compete in the Hall of Fame Tournament in Oneonta against Poland on Saturday and Margaretville Sunday while the Eagles compete in the Waterville Tournament Thursday and Saturday, taking on the hosts in the first round.
IN CCL GIRLS PLAY —
McGraw 4, Cincinnatus 0: The Eagles improved to 3-0 coming off their championship in the Sherburne-Earlville Tournament over the weekend, getting goals from four different players and one save from goalkeeper Hayley MacLean for her second shutout in three games.
Kaitelyn Leonard, Kierra Mack, Nicole Law and Nicole Purcell each scored a goal for the Eagles in both team’s league opener, Law with two assists as well.
“Even though the score does not show it, we came out very sluggish,” McGraw coach Dave Law said. “We had just come off a very aggressive tournament and I think the girls were still tired.
“We had several opportunities as Kristen Guy and Maddy Tucker put several corner kicks across the mouth of the goal and we were unable to finish. We need to work on that. Our defense again held very strong, keeping the ball
wide and out of the middle, only allowing three shots on Hayley for the evening to 20 for the winners).”
Juanita Diaz made eight saves for Cincy.
McGraw hosts Stockbridge valley Thursday, while Cincy’ girls are also in the hall of Fame Tournament in Oneonta Saturday (against Millbrook) and Sunday.
DeRuyter 5, Otselic Valley 1: Emily Cirbus scored twice and added an assist in her first varsity game as the Rockets got their season off to a successful start on the road. Danielle Cuddeback, Carissa Clark and Amber Schlafer scored one goal each for the winners, who outshot the Vikings 26-7 and got six saves from goalkeeper Kayla Hampton (to 14 for OV’s Jessica Loomis).
Forward Cirbus, midfielder Schlafer and defender Amber Marshall all earned praise from coach Tom Springer for their individual performances. Nikki Olin had the lone goal for the hosts.
DeRuyter was to take on Morrisville-Eaton today in the first round of the Hamilton Tournament, with the event concluding on Saturday with the championship and consolation games.
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