MCGRAW — Throughout Tuesday’s game, it appeared as though the McGraw Eagles and DeRuyter Rockets were trying to get on the highlight reels with the kinds of shots they were taking.
Ultimately, only the Eagles were able to finish those spectacular plays, blanking the Rockets 2-0 at McGraw High.
Michael Levitskiy and Nathan Stiles scored the Eagle goals a minute apart late in the first half.
Levitsky scored in the 31st minute on a volley from just inside the 18-yard box after an inital shot from a corner kick hit off the crossbar and was swatted away by DeRuyter goalie Tristan Worlock.
Stiles outdid him with his goal a minute later when he hit an absolute rocket from 40 yards out past a leaping Worlock.
McGraw coach Jamey Crumb said his team had “an issue with not shooting,” and it was apparent that they were overcompensating.
“We had an indoor game over the weekend, and they were ripping them from (midfield), Crumb said. “We like to play direct too much instead of sending it wide. We finally started to do that, get to our corner kicks, and we were successful.”
Aside from the goals, both teams found themselves taking powerful shots that didn’t always threaten the net. DeRuyter took 13 shots to McGraw’s 12, but only three DeRuyter shots were on target, all saved by McGraw goalie Nolan Knickerbocker.
His toughest save came with about 10 minutes left in the game on a diving stop with a shooter right in his face as the Rockets began to bring extra pressure up front to try and tie the game.
Six of McGraw’s shots were on target, with Worlock making four saves.
The Rockets are scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m. today at Cincinnatus, weather permitting.
The Eagles are in a holding pattern, with the next two days off due to weather before they are scheduled to host Otselic Valley at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Marathon 9, Whitney Point 0
The Olympians bombarded Whitney Point with 27 shots, leading to hat tricks for Kaiden Cornell (four goals, one assist) and Braeden Morrison (three goals, one assist).
Eli Hoyt and Sam Castellot also scored for the Olympians, with Castellot picking up three assists as well.
Dryden 3, So. Cayuga 1
Casey Phillips netted all three goals for the Lions, two of them unassisted, and one of them on a penalty kick, as the Lions picked up another win.
“The wind certainly influenced the game today,” Lions coach Laszlo Engel said. “We defended the wind in the first half and it helped a lot in the second half. Southern Cayuga is a very hard working team and made many really nice defensive plays today.”
McGraw 3, DeRuyter 1
Bayley Meade scored two goals for the Eagles and Abby Auger had a score in between as the Eagles picked up the win at DeRuyter.
Brooke Judson scored the lone goal for DeRuyter with 15 minutes left.
Kelsey Brown made eight saves for the Rockets, and Jaiden Cortez had two saves for the Eagles.
DeRuyter hosts Cincinnatus at 4:30 p.m. today.