October 22, 2014

Red Lions boot rival McGraw


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Jordan Lidell of Cincinnatus pushes the ball ahead of McGraw defenders Kassandra Neff, 18, and MaCayla VanWagenen, seconds before scoring her second goal oin Tuesday’s Class B first round game.

The Cincinnatus Central girls’ soccer team remembered, but it took an early jolt to get things going Tuesday afternoon against visiting rival McGraw in the first round of the Section 3 Class D tournament.
The two teams had split a pair of 1-0 Central Counties League games during the regular season, and the Red Lions recalled all too well losing to the Eagles at SUNY Cortland back on Oct. 4.
McGraw sophomore forward Lynesie Busby-VanCise put her ninth-seeded team ahead with an unassisted tally 1:43 into Tuesday’s rubber match, but from that point on the game belonged to the eighth-seeded Red Lions as they roared to a 6-1 victory.
Elsewhere in Class D, 14th-seed DeRuyter had its season end Tuesday in a 5-1 defeat at the hands of third-seeded host Brookfield — this fall’s CCL regular season champion.
Cincinnatus 6, McGraw 1: Senior forward Jordan Lidell led the way with three goals and an assist for the winners, who recovered from that early deficit to lead 4-1 at halftime and never looked back.
Sophomore forward Elizabeth Brenchley equalized for the hosts just short of the midway point in the first half off an assist from freshman forward Carlecia McUmber. Eighth-grade forward Montana Wolf got the eventual game-winner off a cross from Lidell at 10:49. Lidell then scored the final two goals of the first half, assisted by freshman midfielder Kyleigh Eaton and freshman forward-defender Devan Burritt at 5:36 and 1:52, respectively, and made it 5-1 with an unassisted goal 9:22 into the second half.
Senior forward Chelsea Gerrard closed out the scoring unassisted with 3:59 left after a deflected shot.
“The SUNY Cortland really stung us,” Cincy coach Lisa Schuyler said, her team now 11-6. “We’ve been working to get a little more aggressive and consistent since that loss. The girls felt the need to prove to themselves in this one and got back to the one touch passing game, really working with one another.
“McGraw putting the ball in net right away, and first, was a little worrisome. However, it actually got the girls back on track and they dominated the remainder of that half. At halftime we told the girls to forget the score and just keep playing hard and aggressive, to keep going forward and shoot the ball. We had a couple more strong opportunities.”
The Red Lions had an 18-7 shot advantage, with senior keeper Carly McUmber making four saves to seven for Eagles sophomore Rachel Todd.
“Seniors Bethany Ward, Madison Knickerbocker and Sydney Sherman, along with sophomore Cheyenne Nowalk, played pretty solid on defense and (junior) McKenzie Lidell kept the middle under control with her speed and quick touches. Jordan didn’t want it to be her last game; she was all over the front line shooting and setting up others. Overall , everyone really was focused and into this game.”
“I am proud of the girls this season and all of their hard work,” said Eagles coach Julie Hewes, whose team finished 8-9 overall.
Cincinnatus advances to a quarterfinal matchup at top-seeded Poland, that game tentatively set for Thursday at 3 p.m. The Tornadoes beat the Red Lions 3-0 in last year’s Class D sectional semifinals en route to the sectional championship and a state runner-up finish.
Brookfield 5, DeRuyter 1: The Beavers (14-2) beat the Rockets for the third time this season, breaking open a close game — 1-0 at halftime — with four goals in the final 40 minutes. Abby Reilly scored twice to lead he way while Paige Jaquay, Emmelynn Smith and Kiara Strough had one goal each.
Senior forward Cassandra Henry scored the only goal for DeRuyter, which finished at 4-10-2, off an assist from sophomore midfielder-forward Mackenzie Purcell. Senior keeper Samantha Gordon made 20 saves to three for Brookfield’s Brooke Terrier, whose team had a 25-4 shot advantage.
The Beavers move on to the quarterfinals on Friday, when they’ll host the winner of tonight’s game between No. 11 LaFargeville andc sixth-seeded Remsen in a 3 p.m. start.
l CCL champion Cincinnatus and McGraw are hosting first round games in the Class D boys’ tournament this afternoon. Brookfield pays a visit to McGraw, while Cincy entertains Faith Heritage out of Syracuse in 3 p.m. starts.

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