September 30, 2009


Marathon needs late goal to thwart Groton

MARATHON — The weather was the great equalizer for visiting Groton Central soccer boys, as was a red-hot goalkeeper.
Brandon Pollack made 22 saves for the Indians as they gave state-ranked Marathon all it could handle under rainy, wet conditions. Eventually, Tyler Nelson found the back of the net with 29 minutes remaining to lift the Olympians’ to a 1-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Small School Division victory.
It was the sixth straight shutout for Marathon (4-0 division, 7-1 overall) while Groton slips to 0-8, 0-4 in the division.
“Their goalkeeper played very well,” said Marathon coach Chip Stewart. “We had a lot of opportunities, but never finished them off.”
“Brandon really did have a great game,” Groton coach John D’Antonio added. “The conditions did even things out a little, but Marathon is a very talented team and had the better of play today.”
In another North Division matches, Lansing shut down Dryden 2-0, Trumansburg trounced Whitney Point 7-1 and Union Springs defeated Moravia 3-1.
Marathon 1, Groton 0: Nelson took a nice crossing pass from Brendan Morrison. He settled the ball and used a strong left-footed shot to beat Pollack..
“Tyler showed a lot of patience,” Stewart said. “That was one of the few things that our guys didn’t do. We actually had 54 shots, but only 31 were close enough to be considered good threats.”
“We played one of our best sustained games in terms of effort,” D’Antonio stated. “It is encouraging to see our team play that well against a very good team.”
Evan Holl made three saves for earn the shutout victory.
Lansing 2, Dryden 0: Fernando Nunez scored one goal in each half while Michael Bradford made four saves as Lansing (8-0) took control in the IAC North Large School Division. The Bobcat defenders held a high-powered Purple Lion (6-2) offense in check.
“We played a good first half, but could not find the net,” said Dryden coach Laszlo Engel. “We moved the ball very quickly and kept the pressure on the entire game. Their goalkeeper certainly stepped up and made a couple of great saves.”
Matt Cushman recorded two saves for Dryden.
Dryden 3, Groton 0: Kiera Sprouse had a solid all-around game to lead Dryden (8-1) to the 25-10, 25-19, 25-15 triumph over Groton. Sprouse has nine service points, six kills, six digs, four aces and one block for the Purple Lions.
Kayla Tenkate added 17 points, five aces and three digs to the winning attack with Brayden Van Winkle contributing seven assist, seven points, three aces and two digs.
Leading Groton (3-5) were Taylor Spafford with four attacks and Megan Marvin with three assists.