December 5, 2021

Marathon takes aim at state title

Olympians meet Fillmore today in Class D semifinal

For the second straight year, the Marathon Central boys’ soccer team will end its season in Middletown.

The Section 4 champion Olympians (17-0-1 overall) will meet Section 5 champion Fillmore (19-1-1) in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D semifinals Saturday on Middletown High School’s Faller Stadium turf field at 1:30 p.m. The second semifinal follows at 4 p.m. with Section 7 champion, and defending state champion, Chazy (19-0-1) challenging Section 9 champion Mount Academy (14-2). The NYSPHSAA championship game will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Faller Stadium grass field. Chazy is the number one ranked team in Class D followed by Marathon, Fillmore and Mount Academy in the latest state rankings. Chazy defeated Marathon 2-0 in the 2018 Class D semifinals before downing Mount Academy 3-0 in the championship game. That means three of the four semifinalists from 2018 are back with Fillmore taking the place of C.G. Finney, another team from Section 5, this season.

This is the eighth trip to the state final four for Marathon. The Olympians have reached the championship game three times, losing twice to Friends Academy in the 2009 (1-0) and 2010 (3-0) finals and once to Red Creek (3-1) in the 2007 final. All three times were for the Class C championship. In addition to Chazy last year, the other three setbacks were in the semifinals to Keio Academy in 2002 (3-2, ot) and 2005 (3-0) with a 1-1 tie against Maple Hill in 2006 before losing in the penalty kick shootout, 5-4. The Keio and Maple Hill games were also in Class C.

“Overall we have played well,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said. “With a bounce here or there could have three or four state championships. We have lost to private schools four times, twice to Friends Academy and twice to Keio Academy.”

Fillmore has netted 92 goals this season and allowed six goals. Marathon counters with 106 goals scored, five goals allowed and 14 shutouts.

The Eagles are led by senior striker Levi Webb with 20 goals and nine assists. Senior midfielder Tobias Webb has 17 goals and six assists while senior midfielder Ethan Peet has netted 11 goals and handed out 21 assists. The fourth player in double figures in goals scored is sophomore striker Mitchell Ward 12 goals and six assists. Junior goalkeeper Dylan Valentine has allowed just six goals in 21 games.

Marathon is powered by senior midfielder-striker Cameron Neilson with 37 goals and 10 assists. Senior striker- midfielder Diego Castellot has chipped in with 22 goals and 17 assists while sophomore midfielder Braeden Morrison has provided 12 goals and 14 assists. Junior midfielder-striker Trent O’Neill has picked up his scoring in the post-season as he now has 11 goals and seven assists on the season. Senior goalkeeper Kenyon DePuy has needed to make just 23 saves this season due in part to the stellar defensive wall in front of him.

“Our defense in front of him (DePuy) has limited his touches,” Stewart said. “Our back four of Andrew Tillotson, Jared O’Shea, Joey Hulbert, Nick Allen and now Owen Hoyt (for injured Nick) have played really well all season long. Our defense with Kenyon has been outstanding!”

In all, five state championships from Class AA to Class D will be decided at Middletown. The weather will be cool, but the action should will heated for an exciting weekend to wrap up the high school soccer season.