October 8, 2009
McGraw still a goal better than Rockets
For the second time in three days, the McGraw Central boy’s soccer team scored a one-goal victory over DeRuyter, this time by a score of 1-0 on the Eagles’ home field.
McGraw had claimed a 2-1 road victory against the Rockets in a rescheduled contest played on Monday.
In another league game Wednesday, Cincinnatus was a 6-0 victor at Madison, the same team it had beaten 5-0 at home last Saturday.
In a late-reported CCL girls’ game from Tuesday, Cincinnatus beat visiting Brookfield 4-1.
McGraw 1, DeRuyter 0: Nick Cowen scored the only goal of the game with 12:25 left, taking a cross from Cody Brown coming down the left side and shooting the ball back to that side after a couple of touches.
The win upped the Eagles to 5-2-1 in the league and 6-3-2 overall, enabling them to clinch a spot in the Class D sectional tournament.
“This was one of our goals for this year,” McGraw coach Cory Smith said, “as we did not qualify last year and doing it this early in the season makes it more special. The next goal is to win more games and hope to get a home game to start sectionals. All the boys should be proud of themselves as this is becoming a great season, with all of them working hard.
“The boys did a great job with passing and possessing the ball in very windy conditions. I had told the captains that I wanted to play into the wind first, thinking that we had the ability to keep possession and control the ball,” he added. “We lost the toss but still got what we wanted. The fist 30 minutes we did a great job of it. The midfield and offense did a great job of passing the ball to each other. We kept DeRuyter on their heels. They did take advantage of the winds and had some opportunities, but the defense and our keeper, Austin Chambers, kept the ball out of the goal.”
Chambers stopped 13 shots to 15 for Jacob Cirbus of DeRuyter (2-5, 3-6) as the hosts took 16 shots to the Rockets’ 13.
McGraw hosts Madison Friday in a 4:30 p.m. start, while that same day DeRuyter travels to Stockbridge Valley.
Cincinnatus 6, Madison 0: The Red Lions stayed perfect atop the league standings at 8-0, having scored 37 goals and surrendered just three in those games, five of which they won by shutout. William Rheinheimer and William Loomis had one save each in the nets for Cincy, now 8-2 overall.
“In fairness to Madison, they did not have a few of their better players and it showed,” Red Lions coach Leigh Wright said, his team with a 33-4 shot advantage. “The intensity and skill was not what it was Saturday night. We moved the ball as well as we could given the weather conditions and the lackluster play of our opponents.”
Jake Stone had two goals for the winners, including the game’s first goal just 8:25 in. Nick Constantino had a goal and two assists, while Josh Byron had a goal and an assist, with Shondel Wright and Jason Lindley scoring once each.
Cincinnatus hosts Tyburn Academy at 10 a.m. Saturday in a non-league contest.
IN GIRLS’ PLAY —
Cincinnatus 4, Brookfield 1: Bailey Rutan scored two goals to lead the way for the Red Lions, who improved to 5-4 in league play and 5-6 overall. “Bailey gave us a spark of fire during the first half up front in the striker position,” Cincy coach Lisa Schuyler said. “Kaylie Sudbrink and Alyssa Januszka played a good solid defensive game for us.”
Kolleen Brown and JaLynne Smith scored once each for the winners, who had a 14-10 shot advantage and got six saves from goalkeeper Juanita Diaz.
The Red Lions were to visit Otselic Valley this afternoon.
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