Two of the best Interscholastic Athletic Conference girls’ soccer teams over the past decade met for the first time in 2019 when Dryden played host to Marathon Friday.
Both teams played solid defense and only a goal by Alex Brotherton with 14:08 left in the first half decided a winner as the Purple Lions prevailed 1-0. Dryden won its eighth straight game to improve to 8-1. Only a 2-1 season opening loss to Waverly Sept.6 has blemished the Purple Lions’ record. Marathon is headed in the opposite direction after a third straight loss as the Olympians slip to 6-3 overall.
“After two tough matches against Lansing this week that we were able to win, we expected Marathon to come at us hard, and they did,” Dryden coach Neal McDowell said. “They are a solid team that packs it in defensively and presses forward when they have a chance. We were lucky to keep them from scoring, and while we had many opportunities, took the chance we were presented.”
Marathon’s Delta Barber (16) and Dryden’s Elizabeth Palumbo (18) battle for control of the ball at midfield during Friday’s IAC girls’ soccer game.
Dryden was also without their lone senior, Ashleigh Scheidweiler, who was away on a college visitation.
“Aly Deeley played well in the midfield today,” McDowell said. “Lauren Gulini was strong off the bench, starting for Scheidweiler. It was an even game throughout, but I’m proud of our girls for getting their goal and then fighting to keep Marathon from finding a way through our defense and past our keeper.”
“You never want to be satisfied with a loss, especially in a tight game when you have your chances to put one in the net,” Marathon coach Beth Anne Duncan said. “That being said, Dryden’s margin of victory over fellow IAC opponents has been four to five goals or more. Our kids hung in there and gave themselves the opportunity to win and I cannot be upset with that. Our defensive unit has proven once again to be outstanding. This was our third game in a row against a Class B school. As a Class D school to hold a fellow IAC opponent to a one-goal game is something worth noting.”
Dryden had 14 shots in the game to five for Marathon. Brotherton drove a low shot into the left corner of the goal. The shot was just out of Olympian goalkeeper Kristi Walley’s reach. Brotherton took nine of the Purple Lions’ shots with Walley being up to the task for Marathon with seven saves. Each team took three corner kicks. Hallie Allport made four saves for the Purple Lions to earn the shutout.
“I’m proud of our team for playing how they did and pulling out the W,” McDowell said. “They showed resilience through and through, not having their only senior captain. With a starting lineup filled with juniors and sophomores, a couple freshmen and an eighth grader, they showed that Dryden will be strong team to face in the coming years.”
Dryden and Marathon will return to IAC action Monday. The Purple Lions will travel to Groton while the Olympians will host Trumansburg. Both games will start at 4:30 p.m.