The Cincinnatus and DeRuyter boys’ varsity soccer team locked up in another Central Counties League battle Thursday.
Cincinnatus won the season opener 2-0 at DeRuyter Sept. 4, but this match-up saw the two teams play 80 minutes of regulation time and two overtimes with no resolution in a 0-0 draw. The Lions are 5-0-1 in the CCL and 7-1-2 overall. The Rockets are 4-1-1, 5-1-1 overall.
“Cincy had some opportunities in the first half that they could have knocked in, but our defense played a “bend but don’t break” half,” DeRuyter coach Matt Skeele said. “There were times that we got a little disorganized, but Cam (Cameron Brown) did a great job in goal to direct them. We played a better second half and had a couple chances, but we just couldn’t move the ball through the middle like we have been doing. We relied on hitting long balls over the top to the corner to get our offense involved.”
Cincinnatus did take 21 shots compared the five for DeRuyter. Brown stood tall with 11 saves for the Rockets, included a big stop in the second half.
“Cam made a fantastic save in goal on a free kick from them just outside the box that curved around the wall and he laid out to make the save,” Skeele said. “He was huge for us tonight. We played our best soccer in overtime, and had a couple chances in the box to knock one in, but just couldn’t get on the end of a few crosses. This was big game for the guys, they knew it, and came out and performed in a high pressure game and situation. Very proud of their effort tonight.”
Kooper Vosburg made two saves for Cincinnatus, who held an 8-5 edge in corner kicks.
Cincinnatus will McGraw play Saturday at 5 p.m. at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. DeRuyter will have its next game Monday as the Rockets head to Stockbridge Valley for CCL action at 4:30 p.m.