December 4, 2021

Champions – Olympian boys win second straight title

ONEONTA —The Marathon Central boys’ soccer team won its second straight Section 4 Class D Championship Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.

Four different players scored for the top-seeded Olympians (17-0-1 overall) in the 4-1 victory over third-seed Cherry Valley-Springfield (16-3). It is the 17th sectional championship for the Marathon boys’ program and the 10th for head coach Chip Stewart. Marathon will meet the Section 3 champion this Saturday at Liverpool High School. Poland (16-3) and Fabius-Pompey (10-6-3) clash for the crown Tuesday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.

“I thought we did a great job in possessing and moving the ball today,” Stewart said. “Our movement off the ball was very good. I felt the play of Cam Neilson, Diego Castellot and Braeden Morrison really kept the Cherry Valley defense on their heels. I thought Owen Hoyt stepped up and moved to our marking back position for the injured Nick Allen and really played his best game as a varsity soccer player. Overall everyone was engaged and active. It’s fun when teams look and play for each other.”

Marathon needed just three minutes to take a 1-0 lead. Neilson converted a pass from Morrison for his 34th goal of the season. Three and a half minutes later, Castellot controlled a loose ball 30 yards from the Cherry Valley-Springfield goal. After a couple of moves, Castellot red a left- footed shot into the right side of the goal from 18 yards out for a 2-0 advantage.

The Olympians kept play in the Patriots’ defensive end of the field, but CV-S did a better job by limiting scoring opportunities for Marathon. Trent O’Neill gave the Olympians a 3-0 lead before the end of the first half. O’Neill curled a corner kick over goalkeeper Owen Johnson and into the goal.

Cherry Valley-Springfield came out on the attack in the early portions of the second half and got two of its third shots during this spurt. Marathon goalkeeper Kenyon DePuy did tip one of the best chances over the crossbar to keep the shutout intact at the time. From that point on, Marathon went back to work in the Patriots’ end of the field. The Olympians had six good opportunities denied before Morrison found the back of the net with 15:47 left in the game for a 4-0 cushion.

Cherry Valley-Springfield finally got on the scoreboard with 13:28 remaining in the game. Will Henrich scored on a direct kick over the Marathon wall and out of reach of DePuy.

Marathon foinished the game with 16 shots to Cherry Valley-Springfield’s three. The Olympians enjoyed a 14-2 advantage in corner kicks. Johnson had seven saves for the Patriots. DePuy made two saves for the Olympians.

Saturday’s potential Central Region Championship game could to be another match-up for top five teams in the New York State Class D rankings. Marathon is currently ranked second in the state and Poland is ranked fourth. Fabius-Pompey is ranked 17th in the state. The Olympians have beaten 15th ranked Margaretville in the Section 4 semifinals and eighth ranked Cherry Valley-Springfield in the finals.