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October 8, 2011

 

Unbeaten Marathon continues rolling on

Field HockeyBob Ellis/staff photographer
Shelby Underwood (right) of Marathon attempts getting around Emily Nemec of Moravia Friday night at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. Underwood had three goals in Marathon’s 8-0 victory.

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

It took a few minutes for Marathon Central to get acclimated to a different venue Friday night, but in true “shock and awe” fashion the Olympians easily maintained their unbeaten field hockey record for 2011.
The Olympians scored six goals in the final 15:37 of the first half before coasting to an 8-0 Section 4 Division IV win over Moravia on the turf of the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex’s White Field. Marathon improved to 6-0 in division play and 9-0 overall, while Moravia falls to 3-7.
It was the first game this season on turf for Marathon, who will play in the Greene Tournament next week for a couple of additional turf games before the post-season commences — where nearly every game is a turf surface.
“It definitely a different game on turf,” said junior forward Shelby Underwood who netted three goals on the night for the winners. “We talked really well. We made good passes. We found the person in the right spot at the right time.”
“This was the reason I wanted to have this game at this time of the season,” Marathon coach Karen Funk said of playing on the turf instead on playing on grass. “We do have the Greene Tournament on turf next week and I hope to pick up another game as well. Playing on turf gives us a different feel and how things are coming together. It’s good to see we adjusted well.
“I thought we used the field well,” she continued. “We got some penalty corners, We moved the ball around well. We moved girls around in the second half, but that’s good to get them used to playing in different positions.”
Underwood was the team’s leading scorer in 2010 and she has already matched her goal-scoring output from that season. She scored 25 goals in 2010 and she now has 25 this season. She is 11th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 50 goals and 69 total points as this campaign is turning out to be another banner season for the quiet junior.
“Last year was my first year on varsity and I had the most goals,” Underwood said. “I hope to beat that goal this year. I’m proud of the younger girls who are already stepping up and it feels good that we are all working together as a team. We all get along really well.”
Tessa Miner got the Olympians on the board with 15:37 left in the first half as she converted a nice pass from Tatum Knapp. Just over a minute later, Underwood collected her first goal on a nice individual effort to beat Moravia goalkeeper Tate Stoyell (14 saves).
With 11:55, Knapp took a penalty stroke and converted the opportunity for a 3-0 Olympian lead.
“It’s nice to have them during a game because it gives us a chance to see you can put them in.” Funk said. “We haven’t gone into overtime and strokes during the season. Tatum is pretty consistent with them. The more practice I can give her, the better.”
The highlight goal of the night may well have been the Olympians’ fourth goal with 9:12 left in the half. Carissa Stone scored her third goal of the season. What made senior’s tally special was the pass came from her younger sister, junior Kassidy Stone, who notched her first point of the season.
“That was good to see,” Funk said. “We’ve been working with Carissa on that post position. I reminded her when she went into the game to keep the stick down, stop the ball and then push it. She knows to do that and it was nice to see it come through for her. It was nice to see her to that and to have her sister get the assist makes it a little more fun.”
Five minutes later, Underwood scored an unassisted goal before Knapp closed out the first half scoring with 20 seconds to go. Ashton Hawks picked up the assist on Knapp’s 17th goal of 2011.
The second half was a little less dramatic as Funk did move her players around. Miner scored her second goal of the game with 19:10 left. Amanda Horton assisted on the play.
Underwood completed her hat trick with 20 second remaining for the final 8-0 count.
Samantha McMahon started for the Olympians in goal and did not have a save. Emily Morley came in with 15 minutes to play and recorded one save.
Moravia coach Doug Langtry was unavailable for comment after the game. Langtry had one of his player struck in the head with a ball midway through the second half and tending to her at the end of the game. She was being checked by medical personnel and going to the hospital by ambulance, which arrived just as the game ended.

 

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