October 6, 2015
Cincy boys spurt past old rival Marathon
The host Cincinnatus Central boys’ soccer team broke a 1-1 tie with three straight goals and went on to beat Marathon 6-2 in a non-league contest Monday afternoon.
McGraw’s girls shaded visiting Brookfield 1-0 in a Central Counties League contest to remain in the first place chase.
Cincinnatus 6, Marathon 2, nl: Casey Feehan scored twice and added two assists for the Red Lions. The co-leaders of the Central Counties League are now 12-1 overall and ranked fourth in the latest Class D state poll, as Connor Stafford and Caleb Eaton scored twice each.
Matt Barry and Ryan Tillotson were the goal-scorers for the Olympians, who have already clinched an IAC North Small School Division title and fell to 9-3 overall. This was a second-year renewal between old IAC rivals.
Stafford opened the scoring 7:18 into the game off an assist from Remington McUmber before Barry equalized 1:17 later, assisted by Richard Hurlbert. Stafford converted a pass from Feehan at 21:48 before Feehan scored at 9:44 and Eaton at 2:46, both assisted by Damian Rutan. Tillotson scored off an assist by Adam Brandstadt 48 seconds before halftime to make it a 4-2 game.
Eaton scored off a Feehan assist with 8:04 left and Feehan closed out the scoring unassisted at 5:11.
Cincy goalie Daniel Pierson made four saves to nine for Marathon’s Mason O’Donnell as the winners had a 26-10 shot advantage.
“With Marathon, we were lucky to get the first goal,” Red Lions coach Gordy Brown said. “When they score first they change things up and you’re lucky to get one in the box. I’m happy with the way we’re playing, and proud of the team. Connor, Casey, Caleb and Damian up front mix it up, are hard to defend as a unit and are dangerous.
“In the first half our defense collapsed a little. I had to put in a less experienced player after Dawson Steacy got injured — he’ll be OK for our next game — but the defense played a lot better in the second half. The keys to our defense are Jeffrey Halstrom and Logan Schmidt. When they’re communicating they’re tough to get by.”
Brown also paid tribute to Olympians coach Chip Stewart, noting that “Chip’s been a good friend of mine for a long time, and I have the utmost respect for that man. What he’s done for that program is incredible.”
“They beat us in every phase of the game,” Stewart said. “They took better shots than us, possessed the ball better and certainly finished better. They’re very talented. The sad thing is that it could have been 4-4 or 5-5 at halftime. We had a couple of opportunities and didn’t finish.
“I’d like to say that some of it was because we didn’t play well, but a lot of that was because they did play well. They moved the ball well, and we got defensive and just kicked the ball instead of collecting and possessing it. We couldn’t relieve the pressure they put on us and didn’t take care of the ball.”
Cincy hosts DeRuyter Wednesday while Marathon visits Moravia Thursday, both games starting at 4:30 p.m.
IN CCL GIRLS’s PLAY —
McGraw 1, Brookfield 0, OT: Lynsie Busby-VanCise scored the only goal of the game with 5:37 left in the first overtime off a cross from Asia Stauber, who in turn had taken a pass from Hanna Bordwell, as the Eagles improved to 6-1-1 in the league and 7-2-2 overall.
“We had many good plays but couldn’t connect until overtime,” said McGraw coach Julie Hewes, whose team got 11 saves from goalie Rachel Todd in the shutout. The winners took 13 shots to 10 for the Beavers (0-5, 0-7), who got 10 saves from Hailey Jordan.
The Eagles were to visit Madison today at 4:30 p.m.
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