The Dryden boys’ varsity soccer team came to play with a purpose in Tuesday’s home opener.
The Purple Lions controlled the flow of the game at both ends of the field in a dominating 7-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over the Crusaders to improve to 2-0 on the season.
In another IAC boys’ contest, Marathon routed Newfield 12-0.
Dryden 7, Elmira Notre Dame 0:
“We moved the ball very well today,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “We controlled the tempo of the game. I really liked our talk on the field today. We are making improvements every day. Everyone played and everyone did some really nice work. END worked hard all game. They never gave up and tried to win every ball. I really liked their work today.”
Dryden came out on the attack from the opening whistle and built a 4-0 half- time lead. The Purple Lions followed up with three second half goals. Dryden took 30 shots in the game and earned nine corner kicks. Notre Dame did not get a shot or corner kick in the game.
Robbie Busby and Casey Phillips led the Dryden attack with two goals and one assist each. Jackson Crocker added one goal and one assist while Braden Russell and Nolan Weik netted one goal each. Aidan Kalousdian picked up one assist.
Steve Morrow was not tested in the Purple Lion goal. Cody Gonzalez made nine saves in the Elmira Notre Dame goal.
Dryden will host Union Springs-Port Byron in IAC action Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Marathon 12, Newfield 0:
Marathon played a good first half at home Tuesday as the Olympians built a 3-0 lead. It was nine goals in the second half that allowed Marathon to pull away and recorded its second shutout of the season while improving to 3-0 overall.
“It was a great opportunity to get the younger players a lot of game time and they performed well,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said.
Cameron Neilson paced the Marathon offense with four goals and one assist. Diego Castellot added three goals and one assist to the Olympians’ attack with Nate Walker scoring two goals. Ethan Morrison picked up one goal and one assist. Braeden Morrison and Bryce Howe each netted one goal. Kaiden Cornell and Jared O’Shea handed out two assists each with Andrew Tillotson and Evan Larrabee each assisting once.
While Newfield could not muster a shot or earn a corner kick, the Olympians took 22 shots and earned four corner kicks. Kenyon DePuy did not need to make a save, but Jacob Wright had seven saves for New field.
Marathon will continue IAC play Thursday when Moravia comes to town for a 4:30 p.m. game.