October 14, 2011


Marathon boot boys shut down Groton, 8-0

SoccerBob Ellis/staff photographer
Anson Dann (12) of Marathon and Chris Graham (24) of Groton leap for the ball as Cody Morrison (2) of Marathon looks on in Thursday’s IAC soccer contest. Host Marathon rolled to 8-0 victory.

It was a day to honor the seniors as Marathon Central boys hosted Groton in Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Small School soccer action Thursday.
Eric Barry scored two goals to lead the senior class and the Olympians to an 8-0 regular season finale triumph over visiting Groton. Marathon will enter post-season play with a 13-1 overall mark and closes out North Small School Division play at 11-1. The Olympians will meet South Small Division champion Spencer-Van Etten for the IAC Small School Overall Championship Oct. 22 at Ithaca High School. The Indians fall to 3-9 on the season.
Elsewhere, Lansing shut out Dryden 4-0 and Union Springs blasted Moravia 9-0 in North Division play.
In field hockey, Maine-Endwell handed previously unbeaten Marathon an 8-1 defeat in the first round of the Greene Tournament.
In IAC North Division swimming, Lansing nipped Dryden 93-92. In volleyball, Dryden swept Union Springs 3-0.
Marathon 8, Groton 0: “We did start our seniors and they played the first 20 minutes of the game,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said of the Senior Day effort. “We played the first half the same way our game went in Union Springs Tuesday. We played a better second half.”
Stewart did praise the play of Groton senior goalkeeper Brandon Pollack who made 15 saves in the game.
Barry and Anson Dann scored first-half goals as Marathon took a 2-0 lead. The floodgates opened in the second half as the Olympians netted six more goals. Barry scored again along with seniors Evan Holl, Joey O’Shea, Tyler Nelson and Cameron Turner. Junior Tyler Abbott also netted one goal.
Groton visits Trumansburg this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. before closing out division play at Southern Cayuga Saturday (10 a.m.) and by hosting Moravia Monday under the Ross Field lights at 7 p.m.
Lansing 4, Dryden 0: “We played quite well,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “We frustrated Lansing, but they have so many players that can shoot well and they eventually scored. They are a very good team and we made them work for the win tonight.
“I am quite pleased with our effort tonight,” he added. “We gave it our all and lost to a very good team.”
Ethan Kutler and Sean Streb scored goals during the first half as Lansing took a 2-0 lead. Woojin Richardson and Andrew Barber added second half tallies for the final 4-0 count.
Haile Cutter was tested and responded with eight saves for the Purple Lions. Benji Parkes recorded one save for the Bobcats.
Dryden will host Union Springs Monday in a 6 p.m. match.
Maine-Endwell 8, Marathon 1: “Maine-Endwell is definitely a turf team,” Marathon coach Karen Funk said afer losing for the first time. “They played and practice on it all the time and it shows. They are a very skilled and physical team.
We did learn some things from this,” she added. “It was a good time for a loss because it doesn’t hurt us. We learned some things and the score wasn’t indicative of the effort the girls gave.”
The Olympians (10-1 overall) were playing without Kassidy Stone, one of their defensive stalwarts. Stone is okay Funk said, but she was involved in a car accident Wednesday night and did not play. Stone is a part of the penalty corner defensive unit that allowed four M-E goals off set pieces in the game. Marathon was also the victim of some bad luck as three times the girls hit posts on their shots and one goal was disallowed in the closing moments of the first half which could have cut the deficit to 3-2 at the time. The Spartans did score in the final 30 seconds of the half for a 4-1 cushion.
Gabby Stein and Marykate Guilfoyle led Maine-Endwell with two goals each.
Marathon got its lone goal from Tatum Knapp with 3:14 left in the first half.
Marathon will face Whitney Point in the 5:30 p.m. consolation game Saturday. Maine-Endwell and host Greene meet in the championship game at 7:15 p.m. The Trojans were 4-0 winners over Whitney Point in the first round.
Lansing 93, Dryden 92: Lansing won nine of the events, but Dryden’s depth kept this match close. It wasn’t until the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, that the Bobcats got the winning points with a win.
The Purple Lion wins came in the 200 medley relay (Erin Daley, Sarah Ramey, Becky Hines and Carrie Thomas), along with diving (Megan Cornelius) and 100 freestyle (Jainyn Wood).
Dryden 3, Union Springs 0: Dryden posted a solid, but tight, win over Union Springs with a straight sets victory. The Purple Lions posted winning scores of 25-16, 25-9 and 25-23.
Taylor Hoyt led the Dryden attack with 11 digs, seven kills, four points and two aces. Brook Torrey chipped in with nine assists, six points and three aces while Alexis Cooper had seven points, six aces and four digs.
Lexi Tucker was tops for Union Springs with six assists and three points. Erin Chehovich added four kills and two points with Jenn Wilczek contributing three points, two aces, two kills and two digs.
Dryden will travel to Lansing for North Division action Monday. JV play begins at 5 p.m.



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