October 22, 2021

Rivals square off: Marathon downs McGraw

Dionne DePuy/contributing photographer

Marathon’s Braeden Morrison (2) tries to control the ball as McGraw’s Adam Nieves applies defensive pressure in this non-league soccer game between two former IAC rivals. Morrison had one assist for in the Olympians’ 3-1 win over the Eagles.

Ian Gacek scored two goals to lead the Marathons boys’ soccer team to a 3-1 non-league victory over visiting McGraw Monday in a match-up of two former Interscholastic Athletic Conference rivals. The Olympians improve to 2-0 on the season. The Eagles are 2-1 overall.

In IAC girls’ soccer, Groton rolled to an 11-0 win at Moravia and Dryden edged Union Springs-Port Byron 2-1.

Marathon 3, McGraw 1:

All the scoring was done during the first half. Gacek gave Marathon a 1-0 lead when he converted a pass from Braeden Morrison off a corner kick set in the first minute of play.

McGraw would tie the score 10 minutes later. Jackson Card found the right side of the goal with a strong left-footed strike. Dom Cook assisted on the goal.

Cameron Neilson put the Olympians in front for good with a shot into the upper left corner of the goal.

Gracek gave Marathon an insurance goal by converting a pass from Andrew Tillotson.

Marathon controlled much of the play with a 17-2 advantage in shots and a 12-1 difference in corner kicks. Nolan Knickerbocker made nine saves for McGraw. Kenyon DePuy did not make a save for the Olympians.

“We knew coming in how hard we were going to have to work tonight,” McGraw coach Jamey Crumb said. “They were sectional champs a year ago with most of their team back. Our defense was pressured all night and it’s so hard to communicate when they have so many players who can run at you. Nolan did fantastic for us tonight in goal and I just wish we could have created a few more chances, after all we finished the one good opportunity we had. It’s always good experience to play such a strong team like Marathon, as long as we can learn something from it.”

Marathon will return to IAC action this afternoon by hosting New Field at 4:30 p.m. McGraw will host Stockbridge Valley in CCL play Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Groton 11, Moravia 0:

Lauren Reeves scored four goals and handed out two assists as Groton (2-1 overall) was never threatened.

Brooke Brecht netted two goals and handed out three assists for the Indians. Emma DeMatteo found the goal once and added one assist. Matty Lucey, Frankie Vitale, Annie Felko scored goals with Morgan Dittman and Kate Allen each credited with one assist.

Groton took 26 shots and eight corner kicks. Moravia had one shot and one corner kick. Abigail Myers recorded 14 saves for Moravia with Elisa Allen having one save for Groton.

Dryden 2, Union Springs-Port Byron 1:
After a scoreless first half. Ava Mills gave host US-PB (2-2 overall) a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the second half.

Dryden (1-1) tied the game with 18 minutes remaining off a corner kick set. Ashleigh Scheid-weiler sent the ball into the box and Alex Brotherton was there to finish the play. The Purple Lions got the game winner off another corner kick by Scheidweiler. This time, Ally Deeley was on the receiving end and sent a nice volley into the goal.

Dryden enjoyed a 28-8 shot and 8-4 corner kick advantage. Hallie Allport made three saves for the Purple Lions. Hunter Pettit had 11 saves and Danielle Waldron one save for US-PB.

Dryden will host Moravia Wednesday while Union Springs-Port Byron travels to Groton. Both games start at 4:30 p.m.