ONEONTA — The Marathon Central boys’ soccer team has advanced to its third straight Section 4 Class D Championship match and the 15th under coach Chip Stewart’s reign.
The top seeded Olympians (16-0-1 overall) pulled out a 1-0 semifinal round victory Wednesday over fifth-seed Margaretville (15-3) at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.
Marathon will battle third-seed Cherry Valley-Springfield (16-2) in Saturday’s championship game at the WNSC. Game time has yet to be determined. CV-S posted a 2-1 overtime win over second-seed South Kortright (16-1-1) in Wednesday’s other semifinal match.
It will be a matchup of highly ranked teams in the New York State Class D rankings. Marathon is the second ranked team in the state while Cherry Valley-Springfield is ranked eighth. South Kortright is currently ranked sixth.
Marathon took a 1-0 lead in the first half and that was all the Olympians needed. Trent O’Neill delivered a pass to Cameron Neilson and he found an opening. Neilson sent the ball into the lower left part of the goal with 17:39 remaining in the half. It was Neilson’s 33rd goal of the season.
From that point, it was all about the defense. Marathon allowed just two Margaretville shots the entire game and surrendered no corner kicks. The Olympians took eight shots and eight corner kicks. Billy Miller had four saves in the Margaretville goal. Kenyon DePuy made two saves for the Olympians who won for the 13th time by shutout.
It will be an all-Marathon affair Saturday. The Marathon girls will join the Olympian boys in playing for a Section 4 Class D championship Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus. The fifth seeded Olympian girls (11-5-2 overall) will also meet Cherry Valley-Springfield (15-1-1) in the title game. The CV-S girls are the number two seed in Class D. Marathon is ranked 15th in the latest New York State Class D rankings while Cherry Valley-Springfield is ranked eighth.