The DeRuyter boys’ varsity soccer team saw its postseason come to an end Wednesday with a tough 2-1 loss to Fabius-Pompey on the Rockets’ home field in Section 3 Class D Boys’ Tournament first round action.
In other first-round games, Cincinnatus opened defense of its Section 3 Class D title with a 3-0 win over Stockbridge Valley while McGraw was a 4-0 winner over Faith Heritage.
Fabius-Pompey 2, DeRuyter 1:
DeRuyter (11-5-1 overall) found itself in a 1-0 hole in the sixth minute of play after goalkeeper Cameron Brown forced Eric Beardslee off the end line, but Beardslee got the pass across the goalmouth and Kevin Valentine tapped the ball into the open goal by the right post.
The eighth-seeded Rockets began changing field position and evened the score at 1-1 near the midway point of the first half. Andrew Glisson found an opening and delivered the ball to Gavin Richardson who finished the play strong towards the right side of the goal to knot the score.
Ninth seed Fabius-Pompey (8-6-3) came back to grab a 2-1 lead before the first half ended. Jameson Andrews scored the unassisted goal with a shot in the lower left corner and the Falcons took that advantage into halftime.
Neither team found the goal in the second half. Fabius-Pompey took the one goal victory and advances to the quarter finals for a game at the top seeded Town of Webb Eskimos in Old Forge Friday.
Each team took 13 shots with DeRuyter holding a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Tristan Taylor had eight saves for the Falcons. Brown made three saves for the Rockets.
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DeRuyter’s Andrew Glisson (center, 14) battles Luke Valentine (17) and Sam Taylor (back) in the air for ball possession Wednesday in Section 3 Class B Soccer Tournament first-round action. The Rockets lost, 2-1, and were eliminated from further postseason play.
Cincinnatus 3, Stockbridge Valley 0:
Cason Stafford scored two goals as fifth seeded Cincinnatus (14-1-2) took its first step towards repeating as Section 3 champion with a 3-0 win over 12th seed, and fellow CCL team, Stock-bridge Valley (10-7).
Nolan Rice netted the other Red Lions’ goal with Scott Schuyler handing out two assists. Kooper Vosburg made three saves in the Cincinnatus goal.
Cincinnatus will travel to fourth seed Manlius-Pebble Hill for a quarter final game at 3 p.m. Friday. The Trojans were 3-1 winners over 13th seed Hamilton (5-9-3) Wednesday.
McGraw 4, Faith Heritage 0:
McGraw started quickly and never looked back as the 11th seeded Eagles (11-5) rolled to an easy first round victory over sixth seed Faith Heritage (10-5-1).
“We wanted to come out with intensity and we did just that scoring 20 seconds in,” McGraw coach Jamey Crumb said. “We have done that earlier this season, however, keeping the intensity and pressure up after that is so important. Two more goals in the half let us talk about a 3-0 score at halftime. The field was very soft and getting torn up all over the place. The kids were slipping and sliding every where. I told them that we scored three goals in a hurry and they could do they same, especially in these conditions. We just played McGraw soccer, that is something we have been saying lately. We know how we want to play and what we want to do. It’s just about trusting one another, executing our game plan and these boys did that tonight. They played their hearts out.”
Jackson Card had two goals and two assists to lead the Eagles’ attack. Caleb Smith added one goal and one assist. Dominick Cook found the net once and Caleb Knickerbocker recorded one assist..
McGraw took 10 shots and earned three corner kicks. Nolan Knickerbocker made seven saves for the Eagles.
“Caleb Smith and Jackson Card were dribbling through their midfield and defense, putting pressure on them whenever they got the ball,” Crumb said. “Everyone contributed to our positive way of play. Our defense collectively did a great job earning a shutout and Nolan had to make some key saves once again. We just have to keep it rolling and are excited to move on.”
McGraw will have to win on the road Friday as the Eagles travel to third seed Poland for a 3 p.m. quarter final match-up. The Tornados (14-3) were 6-1 winners over 14 seed LaFargeville (7-9) Wednesday.