October 11, 2007


Marathon closer to title


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Marathon Central field hockey goalie Roni Allen (00) waits in the cage for a penalty corner by Tioga as (left to right) Chelsea Wood, Marta Malmberg, Hannah Griep and Kelly Braman get ready to charge out. Marathon posted a 3-0 shutout.

MARATHON — Marathon Central moved one more step closer to another Section 4 Division III title on Wednesday.
Tessa Knapp netted a pair of first-half goals to help lead the Olympians to a 3-0 win over Tioga at Appleby Elementary School. Marathon improves to 8-0 in division play and 12-1 overall while Tioga falls two games back in the loss column at 5-2, 7-4 overall.
“It is nicer to move closer to the division title,” said Marathon coach Karen Funk. “We still need to win one more game.
“It was key to score first against Tioga,” Funk added. “In our first game with them, we kept trading goals. Once we got the two-goal lead, we concentrated more on playing good defense. Marta Malmberg did a great job moving the ball from defense to offense from her center-midfield spot. Kelley Braman and Stephanie Fiske also did very good jobs.”
Defensively, Marathon allowed just four Tioga shots with Roni Allen needing only one save for her sixth shutout of the season. Allen lowered her goals-against average to 0.76.
Hannah Griep got the Marathon scoring underway with 16:30 left in the first half. Griep netted her seventh goal (15th point) off a nice assist by Braman.
The Olympians wasted little time as Knapp tallied her first goal of the match two and one-half minutes later. Knapp sealed the game with her 13th goal of the season with eight minutes left in the first half. Braman notched her second assist of the game, seventh of the season, and McKenna Light assisted once on the two Knapp goals.
Haley Hunt recorded nine saves for Tioga in the loss.
Marathon will return to action Friday as the Olympians host Union Springs at 4:15 p.m. Marathon will then travel to Homer High School Saturday afternoon for a 4:30 p.m. non-league contest against Cazenovia.





Dragons win big road test

GENEVA — In a showdown of nationally ranked field hockey squads, visiting SUNY Cortland came up big Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore Kylie Burghardt scored a goal in each half to lead the nationally 11th-ranked Red Dragons to a 3-1 victory over eighth-ranked William Smith.
With the win, the Red Dragons improved to 13-2 overall, while the Herons fell to 10-2.
Freshman Brenda Semit added a goal for Cortland, and senior Kristin Courtney and junior Kayla Chambers each collected an assist. Chambers has now scored at least one point in 14-of-15 games this season.
Junior goalie Stacy Billings, out of Marathon, made three saves to earn the win.
Former Whitney Point scholastic standout Burghardt gave Cortland a 1-0 lead 16:26 into the game when she converted a penalty stroke.
The Herons evened the score going into intermission on Kaitlyn Hamilton’s backhand flip just 15 seconds before the end of the half.
Burghardt scored the game-winner 4:22 into the second half when she took a pass from Chambers on a penalty corner and blasted a shot from near the top of the arc past DeKraker. Semit added an insurance goal at 50:39 as she batted in a feed from Courtney at the left post.
Goalie Katie DeKraker made two saves in goal for William Smith. A back-up goalie for the Herons is freshman Chelsea Snyder, a Cortland High graduate.
The Red Dragons visit New Paltz Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. contest, which will close out SUNY Athletic Conference play. The Red Dragons have already clinched first place and will be looking to wind up unbeaten in the conference.




Red Lions romp to remain on top

The Cincinnatus Central boys’ soccer team stayed atop the Central Counties League at 6-0-2 Wednesday with an easy 8-0 victory over visiting Stockbridge Valley.
Host Madison blanked McGraw 1-0 in a non-league game, the Blue Devils ineligible for the league championship due to some Brookfield players joining the team after their program was suspended due to lack of numbers.
Cincinnatus 8, Stockbridge Valley 0: The Red Lions scored twice in the first 6:09 Kyle Blanchard and Zack Hotaling, respectively (assisted by Jake Stone and Lenny Slocum) and never looked back in moving to 10-1-2 overall.
Blanchard scored twice to pace the Cincy offense, while Jake Stone, Jherrett Maroney, Greg Monroe and Kyle Blanchard had a goal and an assist apiece and Hotaling and Cameron Blanchard notched single tallies.
Red Lions goalkeeper Wolfy Rheinheimer made seven saves for the shutout, facing just that many shots. The winners totaled 22 shots, Tanner Bluewolf stopping eight shots for the Cougars.
Cincy visits Afton Monday in a non-league game.
Madison 1, McGraw 0: Brett Perry’s unassisted goal with 5:44 left in the first half was the only time either goalkeeper was bested in the contest. Keeper Josh Shepard made seven saves for McGraw (now 4-9-1 overall), as the Blue Devils had a 14-6 shot advantage. Spencer Staring stopped one shot for the shutout.
McGraw hosts DeRuyter at 4:30 p.m. Friday.