October 9, 2012


McGraw topples Madison

The McGraw Central boys’ soccer team had a slow start in its Central Counties League game against visiting Madison Monday afternoon, but came on to score a 3-1 win.
In late reports from Sunday, the DeRuyter boys beat West Canada Valley 2-1 in the consolation game of the Poland Tournament. On the girls’ side of the same event, DeRuyter fell to Frankfort-Schuyler 3-2 in the consolation game.
McGraw 3, Madison 1: Senior defender Aaron Hitt headed home a pass from senior forward Nick Cowen to break a 1-1 tie with 22:15 left in the game and the Eagles went on to improve to 9-1-1 in the league and 10-2-1 overall.
Junior midfielder-forward Mike Smith put home the rebound of a shot by sophomore midfielder-forward Matt Morgan with 45 seconds left in the half to give the hosts a 1-0 halftime lead,, but the Blue Devils’ Matt Stolarczyk scored with 23:45 left in the game to tie it 1-1.
After Hitt scored just 1:30 later, Morgan slid into a crossing pass from Hitt and found the back of the net at 16:52 to close out the scoring. McGraw junior goalkeeper Ryan White made eight saves to 16 for Madison’s Andrew Livermore as the winners had a 26-9 shot advantage.
“We came out a little slow and I hope it was due to being a little tired from the Cincy game,” Eagles coach Cory Smith said, referring to a 2-1 overtime loss Saturday night at SUNY Cortland. “It’s tough to have to come right back in two days to play another game It took us to just before halftime to score, but we started to pick up our game.
“We came out in the second and were playing better, we made a defensive mistake and Madison was able to score. I think this woke up the boys a bit as we went right down after the kick off to score the go-ahead goal. We’ve still got things to work on but at least we have to next week to recoup a little bit. We made some changes on the field which may also have thrown us off a little bit, but hopefully these changes will make us a better team.”
Madison doesn’t play again until this Monday, when it hosts Blessed Virgin Mary Academy in a non-league game on its Senior Night. The contest starts at 4:30 p.m.
DeRuyter 2, West Canada Valley 1: Junior midfielder Justin Fish and sophomore forward Zach Wheeler scored goals and senior keeper Lukas Benjamin made seven saves as the Rockets improved to 2-6-3 overall. Poland beat Holland Patent 1-0 for the championship.
Frankfort-Schuyler 3, DeRuyter 2: Senior forward-midfielder Krista Lake scored both goals and sophomore keeper Samantha Gordon stopped nine shots, but it wasn’t enough as the Rockets fell to 1-9 and finished fourth in the four-team event. Poland shaded Holland Patent 2-1 for the title.


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