October 28, 2010


Eagles, Lions move on after shutout victories

SoccerJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
McGraw’s Jason Griffin (3) works the offense against Madison in Wednesday’s Class D soccer contest. Host McGraw won, 2-0.

The McGraw Central and Cincinnatus Central boys’ soccer teams moved on in the Section 3 Class D tournament with first-round victories Wednesday afternoon, while DeRuyter’s season came to a close. Third-seeded McGraw was a 2-0 winner over visiting No. 14 Madison in a battle of Central Counties League cohorts, while host and fourth-seed Cincinnatus eliminated No. 13 Sackets Harbor 5-0.
DeRuyter, seeded 12, lost 3-0 to fifth-seeded Lyme in a game played at General Brown High in Dexter.
In other Class D first-round games Wednesday, ninth-seeded Remsen shaded No. 8 Remsen 4-3, No. 6 Otselic Valley was a 1-0 winner over 11th-seeded Belleville-Henderson, seventh-seeded Old Forge edged No. 10 Alexandria Bay 2-1 in overtime and Hamilton, the second seed, was a 3-1 winner over No. 15 Watertown Immaculate Heart Central.
In quarterfinal games on Friday, McGraw will host Otselic Valley while Lyme visits Cincinnatus, both contests set to start at 3 p.m. Copenhagen travels to Poland to take on the top-seeded Tornadoes (who got a first-round bye) in another 3 p.m. start while Old Forge visits Hamilton in a game that begins at 6:30 p.m.
McGraw 2, Madison 0: The Eagles, now 14-2-1, beat Madison (6-8-1) for the third time this season as junior midfielder Jason Griffin scored 8:51 into the first half and sophomore midfielder-forward Nick Cowen tallied with 14:40 left in the game, both assisted by senior striker Alex Smith. Junior goalie Austin Chambers made five saves for the shutout as his teammates piled up a 34-6 shot advantage.
Griffin tallied from 25 yards out on the left side, while Cowen’s goal came from close range in front. Madison goalkeeper Brian Klein made 21 saves to help keep the game close.
“There was no doubt that we dominated this game,” McGraw coach Cory Smith said. “The only problem was we could not put the ball into the goal. The boys played well and moved the ball well, but we could not score. In any other game, if we had 34 shots I’m sure we would have gotten a few more goals. We had some open shots on goal that the player shot over or wide. Alex and Nick were getting opportunities but could not finish like they usually do. Wyatt Buerkle, a junior midfielder) did a nice job for us in the middle controlling the ball and making some nice passes.
“Our two outside midfielders, Jason and Mark Hitt, did a great job receiving the ball and taking it down the side creating opportunities with their crosses. And again kudos go out to our defense, which got our eighth shutout of the season and has been solid all season with Aaron Hitt, Austin Hammond, David Levitskiy, Matt Kenyon, Justin Morgan, and Austin in goal. We also got some good help off the bench, which enables some of the boys to get a rest.”
Cincinnatus 5, Sackets Harbor 0: Junior fullback Joe Peri scored twice to lead the way for the Red Lions, on a 60-yard direct kick that bounced over the head of Patriots goalie J.P. Read and into the net 17:52 before halftime and on the header off a corner kick by junior halfback Cody Warner 3:43 into the second half.
Freshman goalkeeper Shea Feehan made five saves for the 11th shutout he and and Cincy defense have posted this season, the winners with a 23-9 shot advantage.
Junior halfback Nick Constantino opened the scoring 14:10 into the game off a cross from the left side by senior striker Jake Stone, who also assisted on the final goal of the first half, a header by senior fullback Jacob Manley 8:30 before intermission. After Peri made it 4-0 with his second goal of the contest, Stone closed things out with 21:25 left, one-touching a rebound after a save by Read.
“Shea made two good saves in the second half to preserve the shutout,” Red Lions coach Leigh Wright said. “It was a good win for the first round of sectionals.”
Lyme 3, DeRuyter 0: Troy Wilson (first half), Cory Walker and Anthony Williams were the goal-scorers as the Indians improved to 12-1-4 on the season and the Rockets closed out at 8-9. Lyme goalkeeper Justin Henderson made two saves for his eighth shutout of the season while sophomore Kyle Tiffany stopped 17 shots in the DeRuyter nets, the hosts with a 21-6 shot advantage.
The visitors trailed just 1-0 until Walker tallied off a Barber assist in the 79th minute. Williams closed things out, again off Barber, with 29 seconds left. Wilson had scored, assisted by Walker, 18 minutes into the game.
“It was a good game,” Rockets coach Chad Newton said. “We played them hard and tough. Their first goal was the result of a miscommunication between one of our fullbacks and Kyle. That’s a very skilled team, and we played right with them for 79 minutes. It was a great experience for our younger guys. We have 10 sophomores and two juniors on the team, so I think it looks pretty good for next year.”


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