October 29, 2009


Purple Lions adjust, advance

SoccerJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Whitney Point’s Nathan Pardoe (15) gives chase to Dryden’s Samuel Rugg in the second half of Wednesday’s sectional soccer game.

DRYDEN — Sometimes change throws off your final preparations, but not enough that Dryden High boys couldn’t win its Section 4 Class B first round soccer game Wednesday.
Because of the day-long soaking rains, the sixth-seed Purple Lions moved their afernoon match with 11th-seed Whitney Point from the high school to the Tompkins Cortland Community College turf at 7 p.m.
The move failed to slow down the Purple Lions too much, Dan Holland and Sean Nostrand each scoring goals as Dryden posted the 2-0 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round Saturday. The Purple Lions (12-3) will travel to third-seed Lansing (15-1) for the 3:30 p.m. match.
Dryden coach Laszlo Engel credited his team for adjusting their routine on the fly. “We started out real slow. They were ready to play at 3:30. They had to change their routine. They were not quite ready to play yet,” he said.
In other Class B matches, ninth-seed Chenango Forks tripped eighth-seed Trumansburg 3-1 while seventh-seed Chenango Valley’s home match with 10th-seed Windsor was postponed until today.
In Class C boys’ play, top-seed Marathon will have to wait until this afternoon to find out its Saturday opponent. Ninth-seed Newark Valley will travel to eighth-seed Walton this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. The game was postponed Wednesday due to the wet playing conditions.
Dryden 2, Whitney Point 0: After getting off to a slow start because of the three and one-half hours delay, Holland got Dryden on the board with 12:01 remaining in the first half. The senior took a pass from Christian Jenne and fired a shot that deflected off a Whitney Point defender. The deflection caught Golden Eagle goalkeeper Jake Keenan (four saves) leaning the wrong way.
With the Purple Lions coming out of the halftime break with a 1-0 lead, Nostrand gave his team some breathing room. Nostrand capitalized on a Whitney Point defensive mistake and got the ball on a breakaway. He beat Keenan with a well-placed shot for the two-goal cushion.
The Purple Lion defense did the rest of the work. Whitney Point was limited to one shot in the match and Matt Cushman made the save to earn the clean sheet.