October 14, 2013
Cincy sweeps rival McGraw
1st place Lions’ squads take two
For the Cincinnatus Central boys’ soccer team, it meant setting up a first-place showdown.
For the Cincy girls’ squad, it was a breakthrough rivalry win and — other than that — business as usual as both faced arch rival McGraw Saturday night in the annual SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex doubleheader between the two schools.
The Red Lion boys came from behind to beat the Eagles 2-1 and remain in first place in the Central Counties League, followed by Cincy girls blanking the Eagles 2-0 to solidify their hold on the top spot in the standings.
Cincy boys improved to 10-0 in league play and 13-1 overall, and will now host second-place Brookfield (9-1 league) Wednesday in a 4:30 p.m. start. The Red Lions will win their seventh straight league championship with a win or tie.On the girls’ side, Cincy had already wrapped up a third straight regular season title before shutting down McGraw for the second time this season.
Cincinnatus Boys 2, McGraw 1: The Red Lions scored twice in the second half to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit.
McGraw freshman forward Jordan Cowen scored the only first-half goal with 26:56 left in the first half when he turned inside the box after getting the ball and sent a looping kick over Red Lions senior goalie Josh Heath, who was injured in the scramble. Sophomore Daniel Pierson came on in his place and blanked McGraw (4-5, 4-8-1) the rest of the way, each finishing with two saves to 14 for Eagles senior Ryan White as the winners had a 26-10 shot advantage.
Cincy senior midfielder Matt Lindley tied the game with 18:31 left in regulation, converting a penalty kick after sophomore midfielder Casey Feehan was taken down in the box. The game-winner was scored by junior midfielder Daulton Brown with 15:03 remaining after another scramble in the box, as he took a cross from the left of White by Feehan and found the back of the net.
“Our defense was much more aggressive in the second half and shut most of their attacks down,” Red Lions coach Gordy Brown said. “Daulton, Casey, Jason Rice junior forward), Caleb Eaton (sophomore forward) and Damon Ward (senior midfielder) finally wore down the defensive end of McGraw through quick ball movement. Daniel stepped into make some huge saves for us, and Ryan had some important saves to keep them in the game.”
“This was a tough game for us to lose, but it was good to see us come out and play hard,” Eagles coach Cory Smith said. “We were giving them trouble at the beginning of the game and were able to score first. It was another typical Cincy-McGraw game. We wanted to keep them wide, as the first time we played we let them get into the center of the field too easily and they were able control things.
“We did seem to keep them outside and did not give them as many opportunities,” added Smith. “The penalty kick kind of took some of the wind out of our sails, but the boys kept on fighting. Ryan made some great saves in the first half to keep us in the game.”
McGraw was to host Otselic Valley today in a 2 p.m. start.
Cincinnatus Girls 2, McGraw 0: Cincy got both of its goals from senior forward-midfielder Danielle Wood in the second half to go along with three saves from senior goalie Susie Waltz and improved to 10-0 in the league and 12-2 overall, beating the Eagles at SUNY Cortland for the first time in at least four years after last year’s tie.
The Red Lions had a 20-4 shot advantage, with freshman Rachel Todd making 14 saves for McGraw (4-5-1, 5-8-1).
Wood’s first goal came with 15:26 left in the game off a through ball from senior midfielder Mallory Cobb. Wood made it 2-0 exactly a minute later assisted by junior forward Kim Jenny, who controlled the ball out of a scramble in front of the goal and got it to her for a clear shot.
“I don’t know really what it is,” Cincy coach Lisa Schuyler said. “We just have a hard time settling into the stadium atmosphere. The first half was not our best; McGraw definitely came out more alive and aggressive than us. They were quicker and getting to the ball much more than us. Fortunately we were still able to keep even with them until halftime. Senior sweeper Darcie Wood (Danielle’s twin sister) continues to help us in these situations. She is great at reading our opponents’ offense and being patient to make her move to attack. We sent quite a few balls too long and fast offensively, not being able to keep control.
“Our second half was much better. Mallory controlled the middle well, while Danielle and Sydney Burritt (senior midfielder) settled in and got the rest of the offense working together better in second half,” added Schuyler. “Danielle turned on the speed in the second half and took some great solid hard shots. The win feels good. We’ve been through many years leaving this game with frustration; this time we came away with a different feeling. The girls know it wasn’t the prettiest win, but they also know they are the ones that broke the not-so-successful streak at SUNY Cortland. That’s a sense of accomplishment for all of them, especially the ones who have been there over the last few years. They’re a great group of girls and they deserve that.”
“We came out strong and with excitement,” Eagles coach Julie Hewes said. “It was the first game in awhile in which our entire team was back from any injuries, and played well. “The defense did a great job of shutting Cincy down and the offense did a great job of getting back to help. MaCayla VanWagenen (junior defender) contained the right forward on the outside very well tonight. She stopped them from getting a lot of shots off.”
McGraw had lost 3-0 at Cincy back on Sept. 10.
“The girls played very well together, and I am proud of them for that. I am also proud because we have improved tremendously from the last time we played them,” said Coach Hewes. “Both teams brought their ‘A’ games in this one, and it was great to watch.”
Both teams have road games Tuesday, Cincinnatus at Otselic Valley and McGraw at Stockbridge Valley.
Tough Tourney for Rockets
POLAND — After losing 8-0 to the hosts in the opening round of the Poland Tournament on Saturday, DeRuyter Central soccer boys came back to play Remsen to a 1-1 overtime draw in the consolation match Sunday.
Mike Booth had the lone Rockets’ goal against Remsen, while goalie Robert Cuddeback came up with four saves. Poland took the title beating Holland Patent 3-1 in the finals.
— DeRuyter girls dropped two games in the tournament, losing 7-1 to Clinton in the opening round and 5-0 to Hamilton in the third place contest. Emily Cirbus had the lone Rockets goal in the loss to Clinton, while goalie Samantha Gordon came up with 10 saves against Hamilton.
In the finals, Poland blanked Clinton 2-0.
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