October 9, 2008
Olympians, Lions clinch top spots
Marathon Central and Dryden High boys both clinched division soccer titles with victorious efforts on Wednesday afternoon.
Marathon captured an Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division III showdown on the road, coming up with a 2-1 victory over second place Southern Cayuga in Poplar Ridge to wrap up the regular season crown.
The Olympians remained unbeaten against Division III foes at 9-0, with a 14-0-1 overall record. Coach Chip Stewart’s defending sectional champions are ranked third in this week’s Class C state poll.
“We know how tough it is to win up there,” said relieved Marathon coach Chip Stewart after his team prevailed.
Meanwhile, Dryden secured a first place finish in Division I by blasting visiting Waverly 10-1. Lansing provided a helping hand in that title quest, upending Elmira Notre Dame 3-2 in overtime.
Dryden’s Purple Lions are the sixth ranked Class B school in the state polls.
In other Division III games, Josh Senter’s goal gave Groton a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory over visiting Union Springs and Newfield blanked Moravia 4-0.
Marathon 2, Southern Cayuga 1: Marathon had to overcome an early 1-0 deficit, falling behind when Casey Underwood headed home a free kick delivered by Dylan Parmenter some 12 minutes into the game.
By halftime, however, Marathon had regained the lead for keeps.
David McDonald tied the game just five minutes after the Chiefs struck, with John Robinson scoring the go-ahead goal with four minutes to go in that opening stanza.
Eric Gofgosky provided assists on both of those goals. He slipped a pass in the box that McDonald turned and finished. On the go-ahead goal off a corner kick delivered into the Southern Cayuga box, Gofgosky assisted on a shot the left-footed Robinson drilled with his right-foot into the upper left-hand corner of the Chiefs goal.
“We played pretty well in the first half, it was an open up and down soccer game and we were into the wind,” said Marathon’s Stewart. In the second half Gofgosky had the best Marathon scoring chance, a drilled 20-yard shot that Southern Cayuga goalie Kevin Stockton touched over the crossbar.
“We were scrambling a little bit in the last five minutes because we got into prevent mode,” said Stewart, though sweeper Josh Lincoln helped keep things in order. “But they never really got a good shot at Evan (Holl) at all in the second half.”
Southern Cayuga got just two shots off in the second half, goalie Holl finishing with seven saves overall. Coach Stewart also praised the defensive work of Jared Davenport in keeping dangerous Southern Cayuga forward Bill Rejman under wraps.
Parmenter, the Southern Cayuga sweeper, was just as tough on Marathon scoring efforts. “Without him we probably get four or five goals. He’s a player,” praised Stewart of the Chiefs top defender.
The Olympians finish the regular season hosting Newfield Friday at 4:30 p.m. and will meet the Division II regular season champion — either Watkins Glen or Spencer-Van Etten — in the IAC playoff semifinals this coming Wednesday at a neutral site still to be determined.
Dryden 10, Waverly 1: Dryden allowed visiting Waverly a lone shot in the game — though that lone attempt was a first half goal by Matt Rote — while dominating this Division I match-up. The Purple Lions unleashed 35 shots and scored five goals in each half while improving to 7-1-1 in Division I and 11-2-2 overall.
Dan Holland led the scoring parade with three goals and an assist for the Purple Lions. Andrew Horton and Sean Nostrand had two-goal performances, with Dryden also getting tallies from Sam Rugg, Tim Scheftic and Shane DeGaetano in spreading the wealth around.
“We moved the ball well and the seniors stepped up in their last regular season home game,” said Dryden coach Laszio Engel after this Senior Night triumph.
Dryden visits Newark Valley Friday and will meet the IAC wild card winner in the playoff semifinals next Wednesday. Southern Cayuga can become that wild card team with a victory over Union Springs on Friday.
Groton 4, Union Springs 3, OT: Getting to overtime was the hard part for the Indians, who needed goals from freshmen Quin Walpole and Dana Smith in the final 1:29 of regulation to stay alive.
In the second overtime period, the Indians got to celebrate when Senter redirected an Austin Tompkins crossing pass into the Wolves goal.
Union Springs seemed to have control of the game when Nick Shrimpton scored with 1:38 left, putting the visitors up 3-1, only to see Walpole loft a long-distance shot into the Wolves goal just nine seconds later to give the home side a big dose of momentum.
Smith tied the game with just two ticks left on an 18-yard blast from the right flank.
Groton finished with a 24-14 edge in shots, goalie Brandon Pollack with nine saves including a crucial overtime stop. The Indians host Moravia on Friday.
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