Local teams played some tightly contested affairs Wednesday, but all of them came away with wins.
Cincinnatus 4, Brookfield 1
Kyla Sustad scored a natural hat trick in the span of three minutes midway through the first half to propel the Lions to a win that was closer than the final score indicated. Deslinn Rutan scored the first Lions goal in the 12th minute. Jaelyn Vleer-Elliot had the lone Brookfield goal in the 31st minute.
The Lions outshot Brookfield 14-11, but Brookfield had the advantage in corner kicks, 3-2.
Dryden 2, Newark Valley 0
Hallie Allport posted a seven-save shutout and Alex Brotherton and Lauren Guilini each scored in the second half to give the Lions the win on Senior Night.
“Tonight we played solid defense, but Newark Valley came out strong and had possession for the first 10 minutes,” Dryden coach Neal McDowell said. “After that we started keeping the ball a lot more and moved forward as a unit as we picked up the pace. We kept the ball on Newark Valley’s half for the rest of the first half but couldn’t find a goal even though we had several decent opportunities. Our girls and their families had a lovely senior recognition at halftime and then picked up right where they left off in the second half.”
Dryden will visit Elmira Notre Dame for the IAC championship Saturday.
McGraw 2, Stockbridge Valley 1
Jackson Card scored both McGraw goals in the first half, one off an assist by Skyler Barrows five minutes in and another off an assist by Jaydon Bassett in the 24th minute.
Stockbridge Valley kept it close, outshooting the Eagles 16-13, but they were unable to capitalize on a lackluster second half by the Eagles.
Nolan Knickerbocker made 15 saves in net to preserve the win for McGraw.
The Eagles drew five corner kicks.
“We had some other good chances,” Eagles coach Jamey Crumb said. “Our best was at the very end of the first half when Jackson chased the ball to the corner and our sweeper Mike Levitskiy made a dead sprint to get in the box and just misplaced his shot attempt as time expired for the half. Second half we just didn’t play with the same intensity and couldn’t get much going. I think we got a little comfortable and were just playing slower then we usually do. We play them again on Saturday and will have to make sure we play with urgency on both ends and for the entire game. I may be nitpicking a bit because I know what we are capable of. It was a good win, I just know we can play better.”
Cortland 3, Central Square 1
The Purple Tigers won a rare road match that was close throughout, by scores of 25-20, 24-26, 25-23 and 25-20.
Marissa Parzynski had 13 kills, seven digs, three aces and two blocks. Jenn Baker had 20 assists and three digs. Lexi Zacek had nine digs and five kills, and Alyssa Greenwood had 12 digs.