October 12, 2012
Red Lions wrap up title
The Cincinnatus Central girls’ soccer team stands alone atop the Central Counties League as its 2012 champion.
The Red Lions dominated visiting Otselic Valley 7-0 Thursday afternoon to improve their league record to 11-0-1 and clinch sole possession of the title. Cincy shared last year’s crown with McGraw, and broke the Eagles’ eight-year hold on at least a share of the top spot with Thursday’s win.
In other league games, McGraw beat host DeRuyter 3-0 and visiting Madison was a 1-0 winner over Stockbridge Valley. The Eagles and Blue Devils are tied for second in the league at 6-1-2, with no chance to overtake the Red Lions.
In a non-league boys’ game, Cincinnatus improved to 11-1 overall with a 1-0 win at Greene.
Cincinnatus 7, Otselic Valley 0: The Red Lions, now 12-1-1 overall, took 36 shots and didn’t allow any to the Vikings (2-8, 2-10-1) as junior goalkeeper Susie Waltz and the defense recorded their seventh shutout of the season. Crystal Haynes made six saves for OV.
Senior forward Bailey Rutan and junior midfielder Mallory Cobb scored two goals each to lead the champions’ offensive onslaught, while junior midfielder Sydney Burritt, sophomore forward Madison Knickerbocker and senior defender Kassidy Kievit scored one each.
The hosts led 6-0 at halftime, Kievit’s tally the only scoring in the second half. Junior midfielder Devin Blanchard earned an assist on that goal with a free kick to set it up, an also assisted on the game’s first goal, by Rutan.
“We are very excited,” Cincy coach Lisa Schuyler said. “We knew the win would clinch the title, by ourselves this year. The team has worked hard all season keeping that goal as their focus. The tie against McGraw (0-0 on Saturday at SUNY Cortland) did not concern us as far as the title was concerned; we knew that one more win against either Otselic Valley or Madison would clinch the title. But it gave us more momentum to take care of the win we needed in our next game.
“The ladies deserve to be on top. They are very talented, have great sportsmanship, and just love the game. They have had a great deal of fun this season as well. Congratulations definitely go out to them for a job well done. Clinching the title clinched on Senior Night last night was a bonus. We have six fantastic seniors this year, and they are a big piece of this team.”
In addition to Rutan and Kievit, the Red Lions’ other seniors are forward-midfielder Ashley Aitchison, defenders Jessilyn Karr and Madison Kemak and midfielder-defender Miranda Knickerbocker.
Cincinnatus visits Tully Saturday in a non-league game and travels to Madison on Tuesday to close out the regular season.
McGraw 3, DeRuyter 0: The Eagles (7-4-2) also piled up a lop-sided shot advantage, 23-1, as senior keeper Caitlin Wyant and the defense made it five shutouts on the season. DeRuyter (1-8, 1-11) got seven saves from sophomore Samantha Gordon.
The game was scoreless at halftime, and it wasn’t until 13 minutes into the second half that senior midfielder Nicole Purcell broke the tie off a backpass from senior forward Kailey Reddick. Sophomore defender Sarah Leach made it 2-0 before Purcell closed things out with her second of the game off an assist from senior defender Shelby Mix.
“For whatever reason, the first half seemed to be a very slow-paced again,” McGraw coach Dave Law said. “We could not seem to get under motion. We only had five shots on goal the first half, and for of them were inside the 18 right to the keeper with one going high over the crossbar. DeRuyter played a good game at midfield but our defense shut down nearly every forward attempt they made.
“After a very quiet halftime our girls focused on getting the ball right down the middle and we had three quick great attempts. We were sure each one of them would go, but none of them did.”
Purcell then ended the drought and sent the winners on their way.
The Eagles host Stockbridge Valley Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. while DeRuyter next sees action on Saturday, hosting DeRuyter in an 11 a.m. start.
IN BOYS’ PLAY —
Cincinnatus 1, Greene 0, nl: Senior forward Jesse Constantino scored the game’s only goal in the first half off an assist from classmate Nick Lindley and junior goalkeeper Shea Feehan made four saves for his eight shutout of the season and fourth in the last five games.
The winners had a 15-4 shot advantage, Connor Moriaridy making eight saves in the Greene nets.
Cincy was slated to visit Otselic Valley today in a 4:30 p.m. start.
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