October 24, 2011
Marathon boys earn title No. 13
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Anson Dann (12) of Marathon tries to get around Josh Muckey of Spencer-VanEtten during Saturday’s IAC Small School soccer title game in Ithaca. Marathon prevailed, 1-0.
ITHACA — For Marathon Central soccer boys, 13 is indeed a lucky number when it comes to conference championships.
Behind Evan Holl’s first-half goal, the Olympians posted a 1-0 victory over Spencer-Van Etten to claim the school’s 13th Interscholastic Athletic Conference Overall Championship in a battle of Small School Division champs Saturday at Ithaca High School. It was the third straight Small School crown for the Olympians dating back to 2009.
The Olympians improve to 14-1 heading into Section 4 Class C tournament play this week. The Panthers fall to 12-2-1 heading into tournament play.
In the girls’ title tilt the got the first of four league title games started, up start Newfield topped Marathon 2-1 for the IAC Overall Small School Championship.
It was the first appearance and championship in school history for the Trojans. Marathon falls to 12-3 on the season, while Newfield improves to 9-3-2 overall.
Marathon 1, Spencer-Van Etten 0: Holl scored with 29:21 left in the first half from 35 yards out on a restart. He was the goalie for Marathon the past two years, moved to field this season before coming up with his biggest goal of the season.
“I don’t think he really wasn’t trying to score,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said. “It was just a restart set and Evan sent a crossing ball into the box towards a couple of our guys. The ball found the net.
“Spencer was more physical than I expected,” he added. “We do have a couple of guys banged up. Most of the play was from 18 to 18. I was pleased with the win for our seniors who have worked hard for this.”
The final 1-0 margin of victory was the same score between the same two teams one year ago in the title match. The 2010 game took double overtime to find a winner. In this rematch, it just took 90 minutes to crown Marathon champion.
In a battle of traditional IAC rivals, Marathon held the edge over S-VE in shots (8-5) and a bigger 6-1 advantage in cornerkicks.
Keeper Robbie Peri was up to the task with three saves for the Olympians. It was the 11th shutout in 2011 for the senior goalkeeper and his defensive mates. Keith Nelson made four saves for the Panthers.
“Nelson made a couple of really nice saves for them,” Stewart said. “We also has one goal disallowed for being offsides. Defensively, Austin Fox did a great job marking Eddie Butler (S-VE’s leading scorer) and Jeff Contri is really coming into his own at sweeper.”
The Olympians are now the number two seed for the Section 4 Class C playoffs. The defending champions will host 15-seed Unadilla Valley (5-8-2) Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Also in Class C, Groton (4-11) boys received the 13th-seed and will meet fourth-seed Spencer-Van Etten Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
In Class B, Dryden High is the fifth seed. The Purple Lions (9-4-1) will travel to fourth-seed Windsor (7-7-1) for a 3:30 match Wednesday.
SMALL SCHOOL GIRLS
Newfield 2, Marathon 1: After a scoreless first half, the action picked up in the battle of veteran playoff-tested Marathon and the rookie Trojans.
Annie Johnson and Taylor Trask each scored for Newfield in the tightly-contested contest, while Brianna Phillips collected the lone Marathon goal. It was Phillips third goal of the season.
Newfield held a slim 7-6 edge in shots and a 6-4 advantage in cornerkicks. Megin Pakkala stood tall in goal to make five saves for the Trojans. Samantha Courtney recorded four saves in the Olympian nets.
Marathon will return to action Friday. The fourth-seeded Olympians will host either Walton or Spencer-Van Etten in Section 4, Class C quarterfinal round action at 3:30 p.m.
Groton girls will also begin Class C Tournament play this week. The 10th-seed Indians (5-8-2) will travel to seventh-seed Newfield Tuesday for 3:30 first-round match.
In Class B, Dryden High (12-3) is the fifth-seed. The Purple Lions will travel to fourth-seed Chenango Forks (6-5-2) Friday for quarterfinal round action.
IN LARGE SCHOOL title games, Lansing boys and girls were victorious against South Division foes at Ithaca High School.
Unbeaten Lansing boys nipped Elmira Notre Dame 1-0 on a second half goal by Ethan Kutler off a direct kick. The Bobcats have won 16 games without a loss this season. In the girls’ contest, Lansing (14-2) blanked Waverly 1-0 as Shea McCartney scored the second half game-winner off a Joanna Barrett assist.
Both Lansing teams are the top seed in their respective Class C brackets and have first round byes. The boys will play their first game Saturday. The girls take to the field Friday at 3:30 p.m.
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