October 21, 2021

CCL Soccer: Eagles get big win over Madison

Carter Towsley scored both goals Monday afternoon as the host McGraw Central boys’ soccer team beat Madison 2-1 to move into a tie in the loss column for the top spot in the Central Counties League

Visiting Blessed Virgin Mary Academy beat the Cincinnatus boys 7-0 in a non-league game. The host McGraw girls, meanwhile, shaded DeRuyter 2-1 while the Cincy girls were 2-1 winners at Fabius-Pompey in a non-leaguer. Madison blanked Otselic Valley 3-0 in another CCL girls’ game.

McGraw 2, Madison 1: Towsley tied the game 14:56 before halftime with an unassisted goal and got what proved to be the game-winner with 25:50 left in the second half off an assist from Erik Smith. Ethan Snyder had given the Blue Devils the lead by scoring on a direct kick 14 minutes into the contest.

The Eagles improved to 5-1 in the league and 7-1-1 overall while avenging a 1-0 loss at Madison on Sept. 14. It was the first loss in eight league games for the Blue Devils, who are now 8-3 overall.

McGraw goalie Tyler Card, whose teammates rang up a 22-9 shot advantage, made seven saves while Madison’s Alex Cotter stopped 15 shots.

“Carter has been playing big for us and just hustling through plays and that’s how he scored,” Eagles coach Jamey Crumb said. “We had trouble passing at times, but Josh Card did a great job of dribbling through the defense and providing opportunities. Anid Pepic played very well holding the ball and finding the open space, as did Erik.

“We came out very flat again. There’s something about playing on Mondays, that and having played on Saturday made for some tired legs,” he added. “We had three injuries in the first 10 minutes of the game and my players were getting knocked around a bit. Our defensive midfielder had to leave the game and we had to settle down. We gave up nine shots and seven of those came in the first half. Their best chance was the free kick they converted on. We knew we didn’t play our best, but coming away with a win having lost to them the first time around allows us to feel positive.”

McGraw hosts DeRuyter Wednesday starting at 4:30 p.m.

Blessed Virgin Mary Academy 7, Cincinnatus 0, nl: Atanasio Deravsquin scored three goals and goalie Zachary Massett made two saves for the shutout as the Saints improved to 4-2 on the season. Max Mondragon had two goals and an assist for the winners (4-2), who got one goal each from Andrew Page and Peter Hanson. Jeffrey Rice made eight saves in goal for the Red Lions, who were outshot 23-8.

Cincy returns to league play Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Otselic Valley.

McGraw 2, DeRuyter 1: All of the scoring came in the first half as the Eagles improved to 4-3 in the CCL and 5-5 overall. The Rockets are also 4-3 in league play (the two teams tied for third place) and are 4-3-1 overall.

Desirae Livermore opened the scoring for McGraw on a one-touch before Kara Campbell equalized. Elizabeth Fitzgerald then notched the game-winner for the Eagles, assisted by MaKayla Cortez. The times of the goals were not reported.

Each team took 14 shots in the game and each had four corner kicks. Rachel Todd made eight saves for the Eagles and Paige Russell stopped nine shots for the Rockets.

“The game was very back and forth,” McGraw coach Julie Allen said “We were able to seal the deal with two goals, and Rachel made some incredible saves to hold DeRuyter to only one goal. Both offense and defense meshed together to make the win happen.”

McGraw was to visit Stockbridge Valley today and DeRuyter hosts Morrisville-Eaton on Wednesday in a non-leaguer, both games scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

Cincinnatus 2, Fabius-Pompey 1, nl: Montana Wolf scored with 2:08 left in the first half from just outside the penalty box and, after the Falcons’ Jill Murphy tied the game with 22 minutes left in the second, Kyleigh Eaton got the game-winner with 14:29 left after a pass from Carlecia McUmber.

The Red Lions (8-2 and ranked seventh in the state among Class D teams) played against the wind in the second half and, due to injuries and illness, had only one substitute player available. Goalie Kara Steacy made eight saves to 12 for Lydia Young of F-P (3-6) as the winners had a narrow 13-12 shot advantage.

Cincy hosts CCL opponent Stockbridge Valley Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m.