October 31, 2008


Three Marathon teams head to finals

Olympians boys & girls to play for Class C titles


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Dylan Barber (8) of Marathon splits Elmira Notre Dame defenders Robert Thomaris (left) and Philip Homan during Thursday’s 2-1 semifinal win.

MARATHON — For the second game in a row, Doug Whitney netted the game-winner as Marathon Central soccer boys advanced to the Section 4 Class C Tournament championship match.
Whitney scored with 4:57 remaining in regulation time to lift the top-seeded Olympians (17-1-1) to a 2-1 semifinal victory over fifth-seed Elmira Notre Dame Thursday.
The defending sectional champions will meet second-seed Delhi (19-0), a 1-0 winner over third-seed Spencer-Van Etten, Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Wright National Soccer Campus Hall of Fame Fields in Oneonta.
Marathon Central girls will also be in Class C Championship soccer action. The second-seed Olympians (16-4-1) defeated thirds-seed Elmira Notre Dame 3-1 in a home match Thursday.
The Olympians will face top-seed Sidney (13-2-3), who defeated 12-seed Delhi (9-8-4) 3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout. The two teams were deadlocked 1-1 after regulation and overtime.
The Class C championship match will take place at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.
Marathon 2, Elmira Notre Dame 1: Marathon’s Whitney scored on a one-touch from the six yard-line that just snuck under the cross bar. Eric Gofgosky notched the assist by heading the ball over to Whitney after taking a crossing pass from Josh Lincoln at the far post.
“We did alright overall,” said Marathon coach Chip Stewart. “Much of the game was played between the 18s and neither team really threatening in the box much.”
“Jared Davenport did a great marking job on Matt Sharley, their top scorer,” Stewart added. “John Robinson played well, Josh Lincoln did a good job clearing balls and Evan Holl did make one huge second-half save. Evan punched a ball over the crossbar after a poke shot.”
Holl finished with four saves while Alex Todd recorded three saves for Elmira Notre Dame. The Crusaders held the edge in shots (7-6) and corner kicks (2-1).
Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the match. Tom Brown banged home a ball that banged off the crossbar and then Holl.
“We only made three real mistakes on defense and they were all on that play,” said Stewart. “Notre Dame sent a crossing pass into the box and the Resulting shot hit off the crossbar. The ball then bounced off Evan’s back and Brown was there to put the ball in the net.”
The Olympians got the equalizer from Tyler Marsh with 11 minutes left in the first half. Gofgosky made a solid pass to Marsh for the finishing shot past Todd.
Delhi is up next for the Olympians, the Bulldogs a tough team that has lost twice by a goal to Marathon in the past two sectional match-ups. Marathon posted a 1-0 semifinal victory last year and the Olympians were 3-2 semifinal winners at home in 2006.
“Delhi will be a tough opponent,” Stewart stated. “They’re undefeated for a reason. They have a couple of good attackers and a solid defense. It will be a big test.”
Delhi 1, Spencer-Van Etten 0: Eddie Reed scored on a double-assist going to Ryan Taylor and Nick Meehan with 12:12 left in the match to give the Bulldogs their first sectional semifinal win.
Bulldog goalkeeper Pat Cobane made six saves for his 13th shutout while Lucas Fredericks made three saves for Spencer-Van Etten (17-3).
Marathon 3, Elmira Notre Dame 1: Brooke Winter-Potter and Shawna Hurlbert scored second-half goals to break a 1-1 tie as propel the Olympians to the title game.
Marathon took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a Kelsey Peebles goal with Winter-Potter making it 2-0 in the second half.
Notre Dame pulled to within 2-1 on a Marianne Thomarris tally.
Hurlbert gave the Olympians the final two-goal cushion and sent Marathon to its first sectional championship match.
Brittnay Krebs made 12 saves for Marathon with 11 saves credited to Notre Dame goalkeeper Tierney Sullivan.
Sidney 1, Delhi 1 (Sidney 3-2 in PK shootout): Stephanie Meno scored in the fifth round of the penalty-kick shootout to lift Sidney to the 3-2 win.
Meno assisted on Danielle Gravel’s second half goal that allowed the Warriors to tie the match at 1-1 and force overtime.
Gravel and Katelyn Philpott also converted PKs for Sidney in the shootout.
The SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex will play host to four girls’ title games on Saturday along with the Marathon-Sidney girls’ contest.
Interscholastic Athletic Conference champion and No. 1 state-ranked Lansing will be in the Class B title game, the second seed Bobcats (20-0) to meet top seed Chenango Forks (16-2) at 11 a.m.
Two afternoon games are also on the slate, with second seed Elmira Southside (7-8-1) taking on top seed Maine-Endwell (15-2-1) in Class A at 2 p.m. and second seed Vestal (10-4-1) facing top seed Union-Endicott (18-0) at 2:15 p.m.
All games will be on the two fields located at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.