September 23, 2008


Olympians pass week’s first test

The start of a crucial week of soccer challenges went pretty well for Marathon Central boys Monday afternoon.
The Olympians got two goals from Eric Gofgosky and defeated visiting Spencer-Van Etten 4-1 in a rematch of last year’s Section 4 Class C title game.
“For two teams that had 13 wins coming in, it was a pretty sloppy game,” felt Marathon coach Chip Stewart, though adding the aggressive nature of both sides played a part in that scenario during this Interscholastic Athletic League cross-division clash.
Still, the Olympians never trailed while improving to 8-0-1 — with a tough test also arriving on Wednesday when Dryden visits in yet another rematch of note.
Unbeatens Dryden, also 8-0-1, and Marathon played to a 4-4 overtime tie earlier this season.
Everyone got into the scoring act as Dryden unleashed a 58-shot onslaught while knocking off visiting Moravia 12-0 in an IAC mismatch yesterday. Dan Holland scored four times and Mark LaLonde had four assists to go along with a goal for the Purple Lions.
In other outings, Lansing blanked Groton 7-0, Newark Valley went overtime to beat Tioga 5-4, Odessa-Montour stopped Union Springs 2-0, Southern Cayuga blasted Waverly 10-0, Watkins Glen tipped Trumansburg 2-1 and Elmira Notre Dame shut out Candor 4-0.
Marathon 4, Spencer-VE 0: Marathon held a 2-0 lead when Spencer-Van Etten (6-2) made things interesting when Tyler Bailey set up a Mike Prlonjic second half goal to pull the visitors close.
Gofgosky would come up with a crucial goal with 10:29 left to play, heading in a Tyler Marsh corner kick to provide some crucial breathing room for the Olympians.
Marsh had a solid game, in Coach Stewart’s mind, creating at midfield and providing space for Gofgosky in this outing. Mike Bellefleur also scored for Marathon, with the Olympians also getting an own-goal assist from S-VE.
Coach Stewart also praised defenders Jared Davenport and Dylan Barber for their marking job on the most dangerous Spencer-VE players — Davenport shadowing Colton Wigsten while Barber kept an eye on Bailey.
Marathon finished with a 14-10 shot edge, goalie Evan Holl contributing a handful of saves to the victory.
Dryden 12, Moravia 0: The Purple Lions scored eight times in the opening half and coasted from there.
“We moved the ball well and the combination play was great,” said Dryden coach Laszio Engel, as Dryden had 10 assists in the lopsided contest.
While Holland did the brunt of the scoring, Andrew Horton, Ben Eck, Austin O’Brien, Shane DeGaetano, Mark Durkee, Sean Nostrand and Sam Hodgson all collected goals. O’Brien and Josh Piger picked up a pair of assists apiece.
Lansing 7, Groton 0: Nick Geisler had two goals and an assist as Lansing blanked the Indians, Brandon Pollack with 10 saves in goal for visiting Groton.