Bennett goal crowns Dryden
DRYDEN — Neither wind, rain nor a determined Elmira Notre Dame soccer team could keep Dryden High girls from remaining undefeated Saturday night at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Taylor Bennett scored with 19:25 left in the first half and the Purple Lions made that lone goal stand up for a 1-0 victory in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Overall Large School Division Championship match. The state’s second-ranked Class B team improved to 15-0 with the win. Notre Dame slips to 11-3-1 as both teams now prepare for sectional action. Bennett’s 24th goal of the season came on one of the things that Notre Dame coach Steve Weber feared the most, a set play off a corner kick. Abigail Barr send a slicing ball into the wind where Bennett settled it in the box. A quick step to the right got the opening needed for Bennett to drive the 15-yard shot low between the goalkeeper and the right post.
“We’re not aggressive enough,” Weber said. “We stand and watch too much on corners. You have to be tougher in those situations. It’s more psychological, there’s nothing more technique-wise we can do.