October 23, 2021

Local teams pile on offense in soccer play

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Saturday’s high school soccer action produced a number of one-sided affairs.


Dryden 5, Elmira 0

Casey Phillips netted yet another hat trick to inch him closer to 100 career goals.

Zack Wilson and Nolan Weik had the other Dryden tallies, and Phillips, Weik and Corey Matesanz had assists.

Dryden outshot Elmira 19-6 and drew four corners to Elmira’s one.

Steven Morrow only needed to make two saves for the shutout.

“In a physical game, we held our focus and managed the ball enough to control the game. Our defenders really played well,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “They were on it tonight. That helped our attack get into a rhythm a few times that resulted in some nice goals. I am very pleased with our defending today. That created space for our offense to find the seams and score a few goals.”

Dryden’s next game is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lansing.

DeRuyter 9, Otselic Valley 1

Dylan Skeele and Mitchell Judd each had two goals and five other players each had one goal for the Rockets: Gavin Richardson, Tristan Worlock, Camren Daley, Daniel Hathaway and Riley Glisson.

Worlock and Wesley Pforter split goalkeeping duties and made a combined eight saves.

The Rockets outshot the Vikings 27-8 and drew five corners to Otselic Valley’s three.

“We needed to come back today and kind of hit the reset button and start fresh,” Rockets coach Matt Skeele said. “We were back to full strength as far as personnel and the guys played really hard. We had a lot of chances early and capitalized on those and built the lead to 3-1 at halftime. In the second half we came out strong as I told the guys to not allow OV to get that first goal after the break and get it down to a one goal game. We needed to work hard to get that next goal and stretch the lead and finish the game strong. We did that with a lot of guys scoring and different people involved.”

DeRuyter hosts McGraw at 4:30 p.m. today.


DeRuyter 3, Otselic Valley 1

Brianna Hannafan, Sarah Wood and Shakkiah Glisson each scored a goal to lead the Rockets to their first victory of the season.

Hannafan scored late in the 31st minute on a penalty kick after an Otselic Valley defender committed a handball in the box.

Wood scored the eventual game-winner late in the first half by lofting a high, arcing shot from the right side into the upper left corner of the Viking goal.

With the score 2-1 with 18 minutes left, Glisson put the game out of reach with a goal off a cross from Wood.

The Rockets outshot Otselic Valley 12-7 and drew seven corner kicks to Otselic Valley’s one.

Kelsey Brown made four saves for the Rockets, while Cassidy Will made nine for Otselic Valley.

DeRuyter’s next game is at 4:30 p.m. today when they visit McGraw.


Cortland 3, Auburn 1

The Purple Tigers won the first, third and fourth sets by scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 25-18.

“We continue to be very solid with passing,” Cortland coach Cheri Olson said. “Serving was really good today as well.”

Alex Gier had five kills and three blocks, and Julia Guest and four kills, seven aces, three blocks and two digs.

“Alex and Julia both did a great job at the net,” Olson said. “It’s not often that our middles lead the team in kills. They did well blocking today as well.”

Every player on the Cortland roster played at least two games. Gabriella State had 11 assists and four aces and Kristin Rowland had 15 digs.

“Today was a great opportunity to get everyone some playing time,” Olson said. “After losing the second set I completely changed the lineup. I was really proud of that second lineup for going in and taking control of the match.”