September 16, 2011


Indians blanked by Lions

SoccerBob Ellis/staff photographer
Groton goalie Brandon Pollack grabs the ball away from Dana Smith (31) of Dryden and teammate Chad Weldon during Thursday’s IAC soccer outing. Host Dryden posted a 2-0 shutout.

Displaying consistency at both ends of the field, Dryden High boys notched their third straight Interscholastic Athletic Conference soccer victory on Thursday.
The Purple Lions (3-1) scored once in each half, while goalkeeper Haile Cutter made eight saves, in posting a 2-0 home field win over visiting Groton in an IAC North Division encounter. The Indians fell to 0-3 with the setback.
Elsewhere in the IAC North, defending Small School overall champion Marathon shut down Southern Cayuga 6-0 and Trumansburg blanked Union Springs 4-0.
In field hockey, Marathon was slated to host Whitney Point Thursday in a clash of perennial Section 4 powers. That game was postponed because of wet field conditions and will be played this afternoon at 4:15 p.m.
Also in the IAC, Dryden dropped Southern Cayuga 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18 in volleyball while Dryden swimmers ended up with a 93-93 tie against host Watkins Glen.
Dryden 2, Groton 0: Jake Czapranski and Dana Smith scored goals for the Purple Lions, who out-shot the Indians 24-10. John Czapranski picked up one assist during the match.
“We played well and continue to improve,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “It was a very entertaining game and Haile Cutter keeps a clean sheet. Our defense played well in front of as well. We were able to create many good opportunities and so now we need to work on finishing them.”
Groton goalie Brandon Pollack had seven saves to keep the visitors close.
“Groton certainly played well,” Engel added. “They made us work and, luckily, we wore them down enough to score.”
Dryden will return to IAC North Large School Division action by hosting Whitney Point Monday. Groton will entertain Southern Cayuga the same day in a Small School Division clash. Both matches start at 4:30 p.m.
Marathon 4, Trumansburg 2: Anson Dann scored two goals and had one assist to lead the unbeaten Olympian (3-0 overall). Tyler Nelson, Cameron Turner, Tyler Abbott and Evan Holl each netted one goal. Nelson also dished out two assists with Tyler Hollerer having one helper.
“We are moving the ball around well,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said. “We still hold it too long at times, but it s getting better.
“This was a trap game in my mind,” he added. “We were coming off the big win at Trumansburg Tuesday and we have Lansing this afternoon. It was nice to get a lead so I could rest some guys for the game today.”
Starting keeper Robbie Peri did not make a save in 65 minutes of action before giving way to Dan Wickham, who recorded one save. Brad Reiks made eight saves in goal for Southern Cayuga.
Marathon and Lansing begin their match this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
Dryden 93, Watkins Glen 93: It was a very rare occurrence Thursday as Dryden girls traveled to Watkins Glen for an IAC swim meet. The rarity was the final score, a 93-93 tie between the Purple Lions (1-0-1 overall) and the Senecas.
Dryden won just two events and each time the winner was named Seymour. Alex Seymour won the diving competition with a score of 167.05 points. Miranda Seymour claimed the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.76.
The Purple Lions may not have won a lot of events, but 10 second-place finishes coupled with six third-place efforts for huge in determining the final outcome.
Dryden 3, Southern Cayuga 1: Malinda Bickham led Dryden (3-0 overall) with 42 assists, 13 digs and two points. Samantha Nash added 10 points, eight digs, seven assists and five aces with Thea Simonet adding seven kills, six point and four digs. Anna Bruer helped out as well with eight kills, four digs and two points.
Kacie Akers paced Southern Cayuga with 16 points, 12 assists and seven aces. Maddy Purser added 14 points with six aces while Holly Signor contributed 12 points, six kills, five aces, two assists and two blocks.
Dryden will travel to Lanisng for IAC action Monday at 5 p.m.


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