McGRAW – It was an interesting match-up with possible post-season implications as the Marathon Central girls’ soccer team traveled to McGraw for a non-league encounter Monday.
These are two teams hoping to find post-season success in the coming weeks and could meet again as their respective sectional champions.
After 80 minutes of regulation time and two darkness-shortened five-minute over-time periods, this exciting contest ended in a 1-1 tie. Marathon from the Interscholastic Athletic Conference in Section 4 is now 8-5-1 overall while the Central Counties League leading Eagles (11-0 league) from Section 3 are now 13-0-2 overall.
“Two of the top Class D girls soccer teams in Cortland County faced off,” Marathon coach Beth Anne Duncan said. “A tightly fought game was played that fittingly ended in a tie score 1-1.”
McGraw dominated much of the first half and that pressure eventually paid off. After missing some scoring opportunities, Bayley Meade gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead 28:43 into the game. Meade took a pass from Emily Fish and was able to find the back of the net.
It looked like that score would hold up heading into halftime, but Marathon caught a break. With time winding down, a foul in the box gave the Olympians a penalty kick. With 2.5 seconds left in the half, Delta Barber converted the PK and the score was tied 1-1.
The second half was much more defensively oriented with few scoring chances for either team. Regulation time ended with the two teams still deadlocked at 1-1.
As darkness was descending on the field, both teams agree to two five-minute over-time periods instead of the traditional two 10-minute periods. Neither team scored in these periods either and the game was declared a tie.
“I think both teams played an excellent game,” Duncan said. “We dominated possession late in the second half. We had a few corners that I thought we could possibly get one in the net. McGraw did well packing the box and not letting us get a clean shot.”
McGraw held a 13-11 edge in shots. Marathon took more corner kicks, 6-3. McGraw goalkeeper Greta Simonds and Marathon keeper Kristi Walley each made eight saves.
Marathon will travel to Tully Thursday for a non-league game at 4:30 p.m.
McGraw will be on the road Friday for a CCL game at Brook eld beginning at 4:30 p.m.