September 28, 2010


Lions get revenge tripping Marathon

After giving up an early goal, Dryden High girls recovered rather nicely on Monday afternoon.
Leighann Bennett had a three-goal hat trick and Taylor Bennett scored twice as the visiting Purple Lions came back to secure a 5-2 soccer victory over Marathon Central in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference NorthEast Division match-up.
Dryden improved to 6-4 on the season with the victory, and avenged an earlier 2-0 loss to the Olympians.
“Give credit to Dryden, they moved the ball very well,” said Marathon coach Trish Hayes, her team now 4-2-1. “We just made the same mistakes over and over again, so it was a team loss. It was one of those days, but if you can learn from it then it’s not a wasted game. I’d rather have a game like this now that you can learn from than have one later in the season.”
Dryden hosts Groton on Wednesday, when Marathon travels to Trumansburg. In other IAC NortheEast Division games yesterday, Trumansburg was a 5-1 winner over Groton, Lansing blanked Union Springs 7-0 and Whitney Point topped Southern Cayuga 3-1.
Dryden 5, Marathon 2: Ellena Holl gave the host Olympians an early lead, off a Lindsay Peri assist, but Dryden came back to grab a 3-1 lead by the time halftime arrived.
Taylor Bennett’s two goals put the visitors ahead to stay, her go-ahead tally a header off a Leighann Bennett corner kick. Leighann Bennett scored the first of her three unassisted goals before halftime and then scored to give Dryden a 4-1 second half lead.
Marathon pulled to within 4-2 when Rachel Parker dribbled across the box and sent a show into the lower right of the goal, but Leighann Bennett finished off her hat trick and any Olympian comeback hopes.
Dryden held a 28-12 shot edge, goalie Zoe Seznec Sweetland with eight saves. Samantha Courtney finished with 15 saves in goal for Marathon.
Trumansburg 5, Groton 1: The visiting Blue Raiders fired off 35 shots, which kept Groton goalie Molly Dempsey busy during an 18-save performance.
Five different players scored for the Blue Raiders, who held a 3-0 halftime lead. Ali Grunder, Ashley Reynolds, Carissa Zahans, Maddie White and Shannon Weber were those goal scorers. Groton avoided a shutout when Jenna Shufelt came up with a second half goal.


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