September 10, 2008


McGraw shuts down Red Lions

McGraw Lions

Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Kierra Mack (right) of McGraw and Chelsea Brown of Cincinnatus prepare to collide while  going after the ball during Tuesday’s CCL soccer clash. Mack would score a goal seconds later, with McGraw going on to win at home, 3-0.

McGRAW — Despite having picked up a win against a rival Tuesday afternoon, McGraw Central girls’ soccer coach Dave Law wasn’t what you’d call ecstatic.
“Even though we walked away with the win, I wasn’t overly pleased with our style of play,” Law said of the Eagles’ 3-0 win over visiting Cincinnatus Central. “We did not do a good job of keeping the ball on the ground. I’m not sure why we were in such a big hurry to get rid of the ball.”
In other league games Tuesday, DeRuyter beat Madison 1-0 on a goal by sophomore forward Katie Becker with four minutes left in the second overtime period and Stockbridge Valley beat Otselic Valley 4-0.
McGraw 3, Cincinnatus 0: Junior forward Kierra Mack had a goal and an assist while junior midfielder Casey Millard and junior forward Nicole Law scored once each as the Eagles opened league play with a win and improved to 3-0 overall.
Mack scored with 19:47 left in the first half, shaking a defender on the right-wing side beating Red Lions keeper Tricia Root one-on-one.
Kierra headed the ball to Millard six minutes later to set up the second tally. Nicole Law closed things out in the second half, collecting a bouncing ball after a shot by freshman Kaitelyn Leonard glanced off a defensive player and scoring fro the 18-yard line.
In talking about the quickness and versatility of Mack, Nicole Law and Leonard at forward, Dave Law noted: “These girls can become very dangerous on the field any moment when they are working together. With 22 shots, however… where did they all go? We only scored three goals.”
Dave Law also cited his defense of senior goalkeeper Chelsea Hayes (one save), seniors Alicia Giamichael and Erin Patch and juniors Kelly Gilbert and Jenna Tobias for their efforts in the shutout, and the midfield trio of Millard and junior classmates Kristen Guy and Kelsey Bordwell for the job they did in feeding the ball to the forwards.
“It’s always fun to play one of our all-time rivals,” Dave Law said. “Most of the girls know each other, and it’s usually a fun game. Cincy (1-1 league and overall) has a very young team this year, and I know we can count on them being stronger as the season progresses.”
Red Lions goalie Tricia Root made seven saves as the winners had a lopsided 22-2 shot advantage.
McGraw hosts Brookfield Thursday, while Cincy meets Sackets Harbor at 5 p.m. Friday in the first round of the DeRuyter Tournament.
DeRuyter 1, Madison 0, OT: Becker took a pass from the left corner by sophomore forward Bridget Way and scored the only goal of the game from eight yards out on the right side as the Rockets opened league play with the win and upped their overall mark to 2-1.
DeRuyter had a couple of stellar scoring chances earlier in the game that were turned back by Madison keeper Caitlyn Smith. She stopped a penalty kick with three minutes left in regulation, and made the save during a one-on-one situation in the first overtime, coming up with nine saves in all.
“Our defense player real well,” Rockets coach Tom Springer said, singling out junior Carissa Clark, Way and sophomores Amber Slocum and Amber Marshall. “They marked up and kept Madison from threatening most of the game. We controlled things but are young up front; it will take us awhile to get set up there.”
The Rockets had a 13-8 shot advantage and got eight saves from sophomore keeper Kayla Hampton. DeRuyter junior defender Amber Schlafer suffered a foot injury with 10 minutes left in regulation and will be lost for an undetermined length of time.
DeRuyter hosts Otselic Valley at 3 p.m. Friday in the first round of its tournament, the game counting in the league standings. The tournament continues Saturday with the consolation game at 10 a.m. and the championship at noon.
IN CCL BOYS play today, McGraw will play host to Cincinnatus at 4:30 p.m. — the visiting Red Lions coming into this league opener as the defending champions.
DeRuyter gets its CCL season underway with a visit to Stockbridge Valley.