October 23, 2008
Class D advance for Cincy
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cincinnatus Central’s Shondel Wright (10) converted this penalty kick in the first half for the only goal in Wednesday’s 1-0 Class D win over Sackets Harbor.
For the second year in a row, a penalty kick decided the soccer fate of Cincinnatus Central boys in a first-round sectional contest.
This time, the Red Lions benefited.
Freshman sweeper Shondel Wright converted with 9:42 left in the opening half as seventh-seeded host Cincy shaded No. 10 Sackets Harbor 1-0 Wednesday in the first round of the Section 3 Class D tournament. The second-seeded Red Lions were upset by No. 10 Otselic Valley by that same score last year, a first-half penalty kick also the game-decider.
In a girls’ Class D game yesterday, visiting No. 11 Lyme was a 1-0 winner over sixth-seeded DeRuyter.
Cincinnatus 1, Sackets Harbor 0: Senior Alan Maricle was pushed in the box by Patriots goalie Joe Filley on a corner kick, resulting in the call that yielded the game’s only goal as the Red Lions improved to 13-4 on the season and earned a Friday 7 p.m. date at No. 2 Hamilton (16-2).
“We came out in the first half controlling play and pressuring their keeper just about the whole half,” Cincy coach Leigh Wright said. “We had several golden opportunities where we just did not finish. Our intensity was high, and they had trouble matching it.
“The second half was a different story. Despite us winning in the statistics, they outplayed and outworked us in our offensive end and midfield the entire half. The defense stepped up big and continued to turn them away every time they would come at us.”
Wright noted that fullbacks Joe Peri (freshman) and Jake Manley (sophomore), freshman stopper Will Loomis and sophomore sweeper Shondel Wright (his son) played well on defense.
“I think we were outplayed in the second half for a few reasons. They had a solid bench and several players who were rotated in while we have a small bench and most of my players were in all game long. They were also bigger than us overall and we had to work harder to run down 50-50 balls and tackle the ball away from them. We also expended a lot of energy in the first half and came away with only one goal.”
Cincy keeper William Rheinheimer made three saves to six for Filley as the winners had a 21-7 shot advantage.
IN GIRLS’ PLAY —
Lyme 1, DeRuyter 0: Tiffany Wright scored with a minute left in the first half off an assist from Tiffany Brown and the Indians (9-7-2) got seven saves from goalkeeper Alex Weston to pull off the upset.
The Rockets closed out the season at 11-7. Lyme will visit No. 3 Madison 1 shootout winner over No. 14 LaFargeville to improve to 14-3-2) in the quarterfinals.
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