Cason Stafford got the only goal the Cincinnatus boys’ soccer team needed to win in the first half. Nolan Rice added an insurance goal in the second half as the defending Section 3 Class D champions opened the season with a 2-0 victory at DeRuyter Wednesday to kick off the Central Counties League season.
In another CCL contest, McGraw won a wild 7-5 game over Otselic Valley.
Cincinnatus 2, DeRuyter 0:
It was an end-to-end game for both teams in their first action this season. DeRuyter had opportunities as did Cincinnatus until Stafford broke the ice 22 minutes into the first half. Stafford took a pass from Josh Tomlinson and delivered the ball past Rockets’ goalkeeper Cameron Brown with a strong volley.
“We had a defensive breakdown and let him run free through the middle which led to the goal,” DeRuyter coach Matt Skeele said.
The evenly played contest stayed at 1-0 through halftime.
The second half was getting played out similar to the first half until Rice gave Cincinnatus a big insurance goal 12 minutes into the second half. Scott Schuyler sent a ball through the box to an unmarked Rice who finished to play off with a shot into the lower corner of the goal for the 2-0 cushion.
Both teams had a couple of more scoring chances but neither team could find the back of the net.
“We started off the second half well and playing hard, just as we started the game,” Skeele said. “We just need to do a better job of finishing chances that we get and putting them in the back of the net. Gavin Richardson and Dylan Skeele both put a bunch of good corner kicks where they need to be. We just could not knock one in. It was a good, fast, well played game by both teams with a lot of up and down action. Cincy got their second goal when, again, we had miscommunication on defense and let a ball run through the box and there was no one marking Nolan towards the far post and he was able to knock it in the low corner. We had a couple chances after that, as they did as well, but we just could not finish anything today. We need to get better and work on that, along with our defense being more solid throughout the entire game.”
Cincinnatus held an 18-15 edge in shots with both teams earning six corner kicks. Brown finished with nine saves for the Rockets. Kooper Vosburg made five saves for the Lions.
Both teams will be in league action Friday at 4:30 p.m. DeRuyter will travel to Otselic Valley while Cincinnatus will head to Stockbridge Valley.
McGraw 7, Otselic Valley 5:
Jackson Card and Adam Nieves each scored two goals to help McGraw open its season with a win. The Eagles took a 5-2 lead by halftime. Otselic Valley had a 3-2 scoring edge in the second half but could not complete a comeback bid.
“This was quite an opening first game of the season tonight,” McGraw coach Jamey Crumb said. “The goals poured in and should have had probably four more at least with the amount of chances we created.
Defensively this is obviously not what either team was looking for. I think two of their goals were really well earned and two were defensive lapses on our part. For a first game it was great to see how many players contributed on the offensive end. We just can’t take any breaks and expect to hold a lead especially when players like Lane Adams are running at you. We have to figure out a few things because we can’t expect to score seven goals every game. We will take the win and are excited to play our opening game at home on Friday against Groton.”
Nate Stiles, Caleb Smith and Caleb Knickerbocker each netted one goal for McGraw. Card, Stiles, Mason Eaton and Do- minik Cook picked up one assist each.
Lane Adams scored three of the ve Otselic Valley goals. Evan Baker collected the other two goals for the Vikings.
McGraw took 23 shots to 14 by Otselic Valley. The Eagles held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Cody O’Hara made 12 saves for the Vikings with Nolan Knicker- bocker having five saves for the Eagles.
McGraw and Groton will start their non-league contest Friday at 4:30 p.m.