September 18, 2012
One goal is enough for Purple Lions
One goal was all Dryden High boys needed to come away with an Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division soccer victory on Monday.
A first half header by Greg Nostrand lifted the visiting Purple Lions to a 1-0 victory over Whitney Point, Dryden’s fourth victory in six outings this season.
Still, Coach Laszio Engel is waiting for his Dryden squad to break loose.
“It will come. As you see we are so close,” said Coach Engel, whose team out-shot Whitney Point 19-4 and controlled most of the play. “I’m sure it will all suddenly click and we will really start putting everything in.”
In other North Division outings on Monday, Marathon was a 3-0 winner at Moravia while Lansing posted its sixth shutout by nipping Trumansburg 1-0.
Dryden 1, Whitney Point 0: Nostrand’s goal came with 22:30 left to play in the opening half, getting his noggen on a Mike Harvey delivery to the far post and converting.
“We certainly controlled the game, but the Whitney Point goalkeeper Brandon Dean kept them in the game,” said Engel, Dean with 17 saves. “He had three of four saves that were usually sure goals.”
Dryden goalie Haile Cutter came up with a half-dozen saves to make sure the Eagles stayed off the scoreboard.
“We moved the ball well and kept the pressure on,” said Engel,a good sign-up before hosting Southern Cayuga Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. “We just need to finish our opportunities.”
Marathon 3, Moravia 0: Marathon (6-1) held an 18-1 shot advantage over the Blue Devils, as Kyle Dann tallied twice. Goaie Kyle Young was not called upon to make a single save in earning the shutout.
The Olympians kept constant pressure on Moravia keeper Brian Badman, who finished with 11 saves. Cody Morrison also scored for the visitors, with Ryan Tillotson picking up an assist.
Marathon is idle until Friday night, visiting Trumansburg for a 7 p.m. North Division contest.
l IAC girls are slated for games this afternoon, with Dryden visiting Southern Cayuga while Groton enterains Union Springs in 4:30 p.m. contests.
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