October 3 , 2006


Eagles tighten first place grasp by nipping Rockets


Photo provided by Dick Reygers
Dryden High’s Jessica Bush launches shot during Monday’s non-league showdown against No. 1 state-ranked Marcellus. Dryden was blanked 2-0.

McGRAW — The McGraw Central boys’ soccer team won a close one Monday to make the race for the top spot in the central Counties League a little less close.
A direct kick by the Eagles’ Eric Law from just outside the 18 settled just inside the left post for the only goal of the game 12 minutes in, and keeper Evan Emery made 11 saves as the hosts scored a 1-0 victory to improve to 6-0 in league play and 8-1-1 overall.
The Rockets are now 4-1-1 league and 4-5-1 overall.
“As expected, neither team was going to run away with this one,” said McGraw coach Dave Law, whose squad is looking for its fourth straight league title. “We came out strongest in the first 20 minutes, controlling the ball and getting several opportunities. It looked at first as though we were going to dominate. Eric went with his left foot after switching sides and neither the DeRuyter wall nor (Rocket keeper) Dustin McClure could adjust quick enough.
“DeRuyter picked up a lot of momentum the last few minutes of the first half. Both teams hit the post on various shots, five or six in all,” said Law. “I don’t believe I’ve seen a game when the post was hit so many times by both teams. There was a lot of action in the box at both ends. In the second half we found ourselves going against the wind, sun and DeRuyter’s seemingly tireless offense. They put a lot of pressure on us, and Evan made most of his saves in the second half.”
Dave Law also noted that his team had to make a number of adjustments at midfield and defense, and tried to keep the ball low to get it up the field. DeRuyter ended up taking 12 shots in the contest, two fewer than McGraw, as McClure stopped four shots.
“If there was ever a game for him to be hot, this was it,” Law said. “He had a superb game, saving goals with both his hands and his feet. This was his best game so far. Brandon Mack, at left fullback, also had his best game. The ball came down his side of the field much of the time, and he was ready.
“If you were a fan, you saw an exciting game; for the coaches, it was very nerve-wracking, with too many close calls.”
McGraw visits William George Agency Wednesday in a non-league, while that same day DeRuyter hosts Cincinnatus in a league game.



Cortland Christian girls rally, boys capture first-place battle

NORWICH — In order to remain undefeated, Cortland Christian Academy soccer girls had to stage a second half rally on Monday.
Bethany Brown scored twice and Courtney Hall came up with the game-winning goal with 10:30 left as the Lady Saints pulled out a 3-2 victory over Valley Heights.
The escape improved Cortland Christian to 5-0-1 in Empire State Christian Athletic League play and 6-0-1 overall.
The winners got off 24 shots, but trailed 2-0 at halftime when Valley Heights (2-3-1) got goals from Hannah Vidler and Becky Lawton. With defender Emily Farewell helping to keep Vidler under wraps, Cortland Christian took over and out-shot Valley Heights 15-2 in the second half to rally.
Amanda Yunger provided the pass down the right flank that set Hall free, taking that delivery right to the goal for the decisive tally.
CORTLAND CHRISTIAN boys won a first place showdown over Valley Heights, getting four goals from Peter Sargent and four assists from Aaron Burnett in a 6-2 win over Valley Heights.
C.J. Burnett added two goals and an assist and Kyle Ripley stook out defensively at midfield as the Saints improved to 6-0in ESCAL and_9-0 overall.
Luke Halberg had a pair of second half goals for Valley Heights (5-1).
Cortland Christian hosts Baldwinsville Christian this afternoon.



Vassar takes Martin title

Vassar College finished first out of six schools at the Dr. Larry Martin Memorial women’s golf tournament, hosted by SUNY Cortland.
The host Red Dragons would wind up third in the final team standings during Monday’ s play at the Cortland Country Club.
The victorious Brewers, despite fielding only four golfers, finished with a team score of 343. Elmira College placed second at 358, followed by Cortland (360), St. Lawrence (368), Nazareth (384) and William Smith (392).
St. Lawrence’s Kristin Beretta and Vassar’s Kayleigh Horn each finished the day with a score of 82. Beretta earned tournament medalist honors after defeating Horn on the first hole of a playoff.
Vassar’s Danielle Gibbins placed third with an 84, while three golfers – Cortland senior Jenna Chamberlain, Elmira’s Erika Godwin and St. Lawrence’s Kim Sikule – tied for fourth, each with an 85. Hamilton’s Lauren Steates, an individual entry, finished seventh (87) in the 35-golfer field.
For Cortland, in addition to Chamberlain’s finish, freshman Rebecca Infante and freshman Katie Geoghegan were among a group of three golfers tied for 10th with scores of 89. Geoghegan earned that spot despite being an individual entry for the Red Dragons.
The tournament concludes Cortland’s fall_season.