October 7, 2010
Lions blank gritty Groton
DRYDEN — Sean Nostrand scored a pair of clinching second half goals for Dryden High as two long-time neighbors met in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference Northeast Division soccer outing Wednesday night.
Nostrand’s tallies helped the host Purple Lions pull away for a 3-0 win over Groton Central boys.
Dryden improves to 8-2-1 in division and overall play. The Indians fall to 1-10-1 in league and overall play.
In other IAC contests, Marathon shut out Southern Cayuga 3-0 (see related story), Trumansburg topped Union Springs 8-2, Candor clipped Waverly 4-2, Elmira Notre Dame stopped Spencer-Van Etten 3-1, Watkins Glen topped Tioga 4-2 and Newfield battled Odessa-Montour to a 0-0 overtime tie.
“Groton played a very good defensive game and shut us down for most of the first half,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “Brandon Pollack played very well in goal as well. Groton is a much improved team and really played well.”
The first Dryden goal came after Jake Czapranski received a through ball onto goal drawing Pollack (five saves) off his line. Czapranski laid a pass off to Mike Harvey, who put the ball into the empty net with a few minutes left in the first half.
In the second half, Nostrand connected on a great pass from Shane DeGaetano and then slid the ball past Pollack for a 2-0 advantage. A few minutes later, Nostrand headed a ball into the net from a driving serve from DeGaetano to complete the scoring.
Goalie Joel Whitmore recorded four saves for the Purple Lions for the shutout, Dryden with a 16-7 shot edge.
“It was a nice night for our seniors,” Engel said in closing.
Both teams will be in action Friday at 4:30 p.m. Dryden will host Whitney Point in a Northeast Large School Division match. Groton will entertain Southern Cayuga in a Small School clash.
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