September 10, 2013
CCL Soccer: Cincy edges out McGraw
The latest matchup between the rival Cincinnatus Central and McGraw Central boys’ soccer teams didn’t disappoint.
Cincy senior midfielder Matt Lindley scored the only goal of the game with just 1:41 left as the visiting Red Lions headed home with a 1-0 win over their Central Counties League rivals.
The DeRuyter boys’ team fell to 0-2 overall in a 7-0 non-league loss at Blessed Virgin Mary Academy. In CCL girls’ soccer, Stockbridge Valley was a 3-0 winner over host DeRuyter.
Cincinnatus 1, McGraw 0: Lindley’s tally came right after the Red Lions, now 2-0 in league play and 3-0 overall, had missed a wide-open net. Junior forward Jason Rice’s corner kick found Lindley unmarked, and he headed the ball home past Eagles senior goalkeeper Ryan White.
“We had a couple of real good chances that I don’t know how we missed,” Cincy coach Gordy Brown said. “McGraw had a couple of good opportunities too, but Josh Heath did an outstanding job for us, especially in the second half.”
Senior goalie Heath made seven saves for the shutout, two less than counterpart White, as the Red Lions had a 10-8 shot advantage.
“McGraw is a good team. They always seem to have a good defensive squad on the field,” added Coach Brown.
The Cincy coach also singled out Lindley, junior defender Collin McKee, sophomore left fullback Logan Schmidt and sophomore striker Caleb Eaton for their individual performances.
“Well it was another one of those Cincy versus McGraw games,” said Eagles coach Cory Smith, whose team is now 0-2 overall after having to forfeit last week’s win over Edmeston due to an ineligible player. “ The game went back and forth with us missing a couple of good chances to score in the first half. I would say it was mostly even throughout the game, with both teams taking control at times. Cincy scored off of a corner in which we did not mark well. It was going to be the team that could take advantage of the other’s mistake and Cincy was able to do that.
“The boys played well and came out to play. We could not finish on the couple of chances we had and that may have cost us the game. You’ve got to give it to Cincy. They played hard for the whole game,” he added.
Both teams are back in action Wednesday, the Red Lions at Madison while McGraw hosts Otselic Valley.
— Coach Smith took time to pay tribute to referee Mike Smith, who tragically lost his life recently in an automobile accident.
“This was a game, and there are more important things then just a soccer game,” McGraw Smith said. “I would like to extend my condolences to the family of Michael Smith, who passed away recently. He was a great referee and more so a great person. No matter how tough a game he was refereeing, he would always come off the field with a smile. He was no doubt a professional at the job on the field, but was also a great person and will be sorely missed.”
IN CCL GIRLS’ PLAY —
Stockbridge Valley 3, DeRuyter 0: Tiffani Jacobs scored all three goals as the Cougars won their league opener and improved to 2-0-1 overall with the win in a game rescheduled from last week.
The game was tied at halftime, Rockets coach Tom Springer said, noting that his team (now 0-2 league and overall) lost its focus after junior midfielder Andrea Newton suffered a knee injury. “That’s not taking anything away from the Stockbridge girls,” he said. “They played very hard and deserved the win. They definitely beat us to the ball and controlled the second half.
“I was pleased with the play of junior Breanna Hare up front with her hustle and the midfield of senior Emily Cirbus and junior Courtney Randall. Defensively I thought junior Caitlin Haggart and freshmen Andrea Chapman and Micheala Gordon played well.”
Cougars goalie Olivia Marshall made six saves to seven for DeRuyter’s Samantha Gordon, the winners with a 10-6 shot advantage.
The Rockets host Madison Thursday.
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