October 4, 2012
Olympians roll for good cause
Marathon stickers remain unbeaten
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Marathon’s Eryn Griep (left) breaks away from Moravia defenders Casey Michas (10), and Jackie Becker (2) in the first half of Wednesday’s field hockey outing. Host Marathon won, 10-1.
Not only did Marathon Central’s field hockey team raise some money for a good cause, the Olympians also raised their unbeaten record to a perfect 9-0 on the season Wednesday afternoon.
With Shelby Underwood and Amanda Horton leading the scoring, the Olympians came up with a 10-1 victory over visiting Moravia in a Section 4 Division III confrontation at Appleby Elementary School.
The match-up was also the fifth annual “Corners for Cancer” fund-raiser where donations and pledges help raise money to battle that disease, with a post-game tailgate party held which drew a gathering of some 125-150 people.
Underwood had three goals and two assists in the win over Moravia, Horton finished with three goals and four assists and the Olympians got off 19 penalty corners to help the cancer cause.
In IAC North Division boys’ soccer play, Marathon won its 12th consecutive game beating Moravia 5-0, Southern Cayuga blanked Groton 4-0 and Union Springs posted a 3-0 shutout over Whitney Point.
In an IAC North girls’ soccer make-up game, Marathon pulled out a 3-2 home field victory over Southern Cayuga to remain atop the Small School Division standings. Also, Trumansburg girls trimmed Moravia 4-2.
In volleyball, Dryden was a 25-16, 25-17, 25-18 winner over visiting Groton in an IAC North match-up.
Marathon 10, Moravia 1: The Olympians were in 7-0 control by halftime, which enabled Coach Karen Funk to get plenty of playing time for her reserves who also got involved in the scoring.
“Amanda and Shelby got their assists while playing at midfield, and they usually are our forwards,” said Coach Karen Funk after Underwood and Horton each had three-goal hat tricks. “Amanda was even a (defensive) back on one of the goals that Cienna Morrison scored.”
Morrison had two goals and an assist, while Logan Vincent and Savannah Montoya also found the cage for the home side. Caitlin Serowick and Caroline Chaffinch were among the reserves who played well with some extended time on the field.
Moravia got a second half goal from Taylor Wilkenson to avoid being blanked, Marathon finishing with a 25-2 domination of shots taken. Jenelle Burnham had just one save in goal for the Olympians.
“We had two really good practices Monday and Tuesday,” said Coach Funk, whose team could clinch regular season division title with a victory over visiting second place dweller Spencer-Van Etten at 4:30 p.m. Friday back at Appleby. “We knew we had four games coming up before the Greene Tournament. We wanted to see what we could do in those four games to show we were ready going into that Greene Tournament.”
Marathon has games against Newark Valley and Tioga prior to the Oct. 12-13 test at the Greene Tournament, where perennial power Whitney Point is the opening round opponent.
IN BOYS’ SOCCER —
Marathon 5, Moravia 0: Marathon improved to 11-1 in the IAC North with a win over the Blue Devils, jumping out to a 4-0 halftime lead and coasting from there. Cody Morrison had two goals and an assist in the shutout, with Kyle Young (two saves) and Brian Badman (7 saves) sharing time as keepers.
Missing scoring chances in the second half were a bit of a concern for Coach Chip Stewart. “Someone we’re our own worst enemy inside the final third,” said Stewart, noting his team’s inability to finish off those scoring chances and some solid play in goal by Moravia’s Tom Hand kept things in hand.
Ryan Tillotson, Tyler Hollerer and Kyle Dann were also goal scorers for Marathon, with Dan Lincoln picking up a pair of assists.
The Olympians are idle until next Tuesday, to pay a visit to Whitney Point then. “We’ve got a couple of nicks and bruises that need to heal,” said Coach Stewart of the advantage of having a schedule break.
Southern Cayuga 4, Groton 0: Ben Malone needed just two saves to keep the Indians from scoring, Southern Cayuga (4-10) with a 19-2 shot advantage.
The Chiefs were up 3-0 at halftime on goals by Kurtis Bianconi, Chad Reeves and Mitch Fessenden, while Mike Killian struck for the final goal after intermission. Groton plays host to Moravia on Friday afternoon.
IN GIRLS’ SOCCER –
Marathon 3, Southern Cayuga 2: Korni McGowan scored the game-winner for Marathon in this make-up contest, spoiling visiting Southern Cayuga’s upset bid.
Allison O’Shea scored twice for the Olympians, with Ellena Holl and Brianna Phillips picking up assists, prior to that decisive McGowan tally. Allyson Loope was pressed into duty as a goalie and came up with the win a game where Marathon held a 26-17 shot edge.
IN VOLLEYBALL —
Dryden 3, Groton 0: Samantha Nash served up a dozen points featuring nine aces as the Purple Lions prevailed, that service success going along with five assists and four digs defensively.
Brooke Torrey had five aces among her nine service points for Dryden, and had three kills, three assists and two digs.Thea Simonet and Steph Parker also had two service aces in the win.
Groton was led at the net by Kylene Hall with five kills and four blocks. Katie VanBenshoten had four aces, Cheyenne Smith three aces and Mikayla Perkins two aces for the Indians.
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