November 30, 2021

Late Moravia goal beats Marathon

MARATHON — The Marathon Olympians had the vast majority of the offensive chances in Monday’s game against the Moravia Blue Devils.

But Lynnae Russell’s two goals, including the game-winner with two minutes left, were still able to upend the Olympians, 3-1, at East Field.

Carissa Van Dee scored both goals for the Olympians, but they could easily have had more, as they outshot Moravia 30-9 and drew nine corner kicks, while the Blue Devils drew none.

With both teams looking to break the tie late, the Blue Devils took advantage of the Olympians being a little too unselfish by intercepting a lateral pass and transitioning to a through ball for Russell, who beat her last defender and then beat goalie Kendre Euson for the eventual game-winner.

The Blue Devils were up at halftime 2-0 thanks to goals by Russell off the left post in the 11th minute and Bethany Baran in the 21st minute, who fielded a tough cross that saved the ball from going over he end line to tap the ball in on the right side.

“We had our chances,” Olympians coach Elizabeth Duncan said. “That tells you everything if they had no corners and scored three goals off us. Our defense had some quick breakdowns that we didn’t recover from.”

For what it’s worth, the Blue Devils played the first half with the wind at their backs. When the teams switched sides for the second half, that wind aided the Olympians.

Van Dee got the Olympians on the scoreboard at the 54th minute with a knuckling shot that may have been aided by the wind, as it turned to the right and landed just inside the post.

Just two minutes later, Van Dee got the equalizer on a counter-attack, with her first shot bouncing off the left post before she tapped home the rebound with the goalie out of position.

The Blue Devils’ victory avenged a 3-1 loss the Olympians hung on them on March 21. It was clear to Duncan that the Blue Devils remembered that loss and came out in the first half with much more energy.

“We came out flat,” Duncan said.

“We’re always better in the second half anyways, but you can’t let any team come and get a 2-0 lead on you. I was proud of us coming back with no subs, that’s tough. Hopefully we learned our lesson that we can’t be complacent to start.”

The Olympians are off until April 5 when they host OdessaMontour at 4:30 p.m.

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Ariahna Metzler, Jasmine Standish and Jarisa Temple each had assists.

Groton 8, Southern Cayuga 0
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Natalia Bell (two goals) and Makayla Lockwood also scored for the Indians.