SOUTH OTSELIC — Kyla Sustad scored five goals in the first 24 minutes, including two in the span of 40 seconds, as the Cincinnatus Lions girls soccer team demolished the Otselic Valley Vikings, 11-0, Tuesday at Otselic Valley High.
Mandi Waltz added a hat trick in the second half and Caitlin Standish, Ava Larrabee and Cassia Schuyler each chipped in one goal to round out the Cincy attack, which fired a total of 39 shots on Vikings goalie Cassidy Will. On the flip side, the Cincy defense did not allow the Vikings offense to register a single shot or draw a single corner kick.
Sustad opened the scoring in the eighth minute, then scored two goals in the 18th minute, one off a feed from Jarisa Temple and another that she banked off the left post and into the right side of the net.
She then added a goal in the 23rd minute after receiving a through ball off a free kick from midfield and completed her scoring one minute later in transition off a Vikings turnover.
Waltz pieced together her hat trick in the 42nd minute after putting home a loose ball in the 6-yard box off a corner kick, the 51st minute when she put home a rebound off a shot from the right wing outside the box and in the 74th minute off another rebound off Will.
Standish scored her goal in the 32nd minute after cleaning up a rebound that Will couldn’t corral after denying Temple. Larrabee scored in the 45th minute thanks to one of two Sustad assists. Schuyler scored in the 56th minute by beating two defenders in the box by herself.
Even as the Lions’ lead swelled, their intensity remained as high as if it were a 0-0 game. Their relentless pursuit of the ball and domination of possession was almost startling. And it’s been this way every game they’ve played thus far, pushing their record to 4-0.
But Lions head coach and Sustad’s mother Lisa Sustad says there’s a reason for not letting up even when the game is in hand.
“We tell them at halftime to pretend like it’s 0-0 because we’re trying to prepare for Sectionals,” Coach Sustad said.
The Sustads are a soccer-mad family. Their dedication to the sport, their conditioning and their pursuit of competition are hard to match.
“(Kyla) works a lot off the field,” Coach Sustad said. “She plays select soccer, we travel the country, she constantly plays year-round, she has a personal trainer at the gym, she works out, she has meal plans. She’s very invested in soccer, and she’s spent a lot of time and effort creating those skills since she was seven years old.”
The Lions visit DeRuyter at 4:30 p.m. Friday and follow that up with their biggest match of the season so far at 4 p.m. Saturday against Norwich. Norwich is one of several tough nonleague opponents the Lions scheduled to prepare for a potential state championship run.
“My husband went and watched them last night and scouted them, and they are going to be a much harder game,” Coach Sustad said. “It’s going to be a huge challenge for us. We switched our setup in the second half to prepare for them … We have Cooperstown coming up, we have General Brown coming up… I’ll travel for harder games because these girls need that experience and that challenge.”
Cortland 3, Oswego 1
All the scoring was done in the second half as Lily Call, Ella Quick and Soleil Gutchess each scored one for the Purple Tigers.
Sophomore Claire Turner got the win in her goalkeeping debut.
Cortland 3, Oswego 1
The Cortland boys beat Oswego by an identical score to the girls’ game.
Max Gambitta had a goal and assist, and Dennis Topchiy and Dmytro Onyshchuk each had one goal for the Purple Tigers.
Cincinnatus 13, Otselic Valley 1
The Cincy boys have now outscored their opposition 43-4 in their five wins after Cason Stafford posted four goals and two assists, and Scott Schuyler and Jordan Larrabee each scored two goals.
Kooper Vosburg and Niles Herline combined to stop three of four OV shots.
Dryden 3, Union Springs 1
Dryden outshot Union Springs 19-3 and earned seven corner kicks, but Union Springs kept the game close before Corey Matesanz, Paul Busby and Nolan Weik’s goals put the game out of reach.
“We started a bit slow, but picked up our play enough to do some good things,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “We were up and down a bit and a bit sloppy at times. We gave up a long shot goal that we should have closed down better. So more things to work on for us.”
Marathon 0, Southern Cayuga 0
Jacob Byron (one save) and Julian Spizzirri (three saves) split goalkeeping duties to salvage the draw with Southern Cayuga and push the Olympians’ record to 2-1-1.
Stockbridge Valley 2, McGraw 1
Nate Stiles had the lone goal for the Eagles, who were playing their fourth game in five days and were visibly tired during the match.
The Eagles will be without Jackson Card for the rest of the season as he pursues a soccer opportunity in Germany through December.
“We suddenly have to learn to play an entirely different way moving forward,” Eagles coach Jamey Crumb said.
Fulton 3, Cortland 0
Twelve service errors and only three aces doomed the Purple Tigers as they fell in straight sets, 25-11, 25-18 and 25-16.
Kristin Rowland had a strong defensive game for the Purple Tigers with 11 digs, and Molly Steve had five kills, three assists and three digs.
Homer 3, East Syracuse-Minoa 1
The Trojans came up with all three goals in the fourth quarter to turn the tables on ES-M.
Sara Cargen had two goals and Molly McMasters had one, and Emily Danielsstopped 10 of 11 Spartan shots to secure the victory.
Homer 206, Cortland 207
Mitch Riter’s 34 helped the Trojans squeak by the Purple Tigers, who had Andrew Partigianoni and Kooper Knabe each put up a 39.