December 1, 2021

Olympians one win from title

Section 4 Class D Girls’ Soccer

Christine Keller/contributing photographer

Marathon players celebrate one of their goals scored in the Section 4 Class D championship game against Schenevus on Tuesday in Oneonta. The Olympians won, 4-1, to advance to Saturday’s championship game.

ONEONTA — The Marathon Central girls’ varsity soccer team did not seem to be overwhelmed by the moment at the Wright National Soccer Campus outside Oneonta.

The fifth-seeded Olympians held a 1-0 lead at halftime of Tuesday’s Section 4 Class D semifinal round match against top-seed Schenevus. Three unanswered goals in the second half gave Marathon a 4-0 lead before Schenevus finally found the net with less than seven minutes to play. The final result was a 4-1 upset win for the Olympians who now head to the Saturday’s Section 4 Class D championship game back at the WNSC. Marathon (11- 5-2 overall) will meet second seed Cherry Valley- Springfield (15-1-1) in the title game which does not have a start time as this moment. CV-S nipped sixth seed Edmeston 1-0 in double overtime.

“The score of this game doesn’t necessarily reflect how hard both teams played in this game,” Marathon coach Beth Anne Duncan said. “Schenevus came into the game ranked number two in the state only losing one game this season. That being said, they were without top scorer Angie Competiello who did not play today due to injury. They are a young squad and will be back next season.

“I’m proud of our girls for coming into today’s game with one goal in mind and fulfilling it,” she continued. “When pre-season began on Aug. 19th, I told the girls that our goal was to be playing soccer in November. That would mean making it to the sectional title game. This has been a special season for our seniors and I’m happy for them to be able to represent their school in the title game on Saturday.”

After 25 minutes of scoreless soccer, Brooke Tillotson delivered a well-placed through ball. Brenna Keller collected the ball for a breakaway. Keller finished with a shot into the upper left corner of the goal for a 1-0 Marathon lead.

It took the Olympians 1:26 to take a 2-0 lead at the beginning of the second half. Delta Barber converted a pass from Tillotson. Barber finished off the breakaway opportunity with a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal for the 2-0 advantage. Three minutes later, Marathon was up by three goals. Barber drove a shot into the upper 90 of the left side of goal. With 17:22 remaining, Tillotson scored off an Abigail Ensign assist for a 4-0 cushion.

Schenevus (15-2) got an unassisted goal from Autumn Jones with 6:44 left in the goal for the lone Dragons’ goal.

Marathon held a 16-8 shot advantage while Schenevus had the 3-2 edge in corner kicks, Kristi Walley made 11 saves in the Marathon goal. Alexia Piercy had 12 saves for Schenevus with Hannah Osborne making two saves during her time in the Dragons’ goal.