DRYDEN – The Dryden Lions put up a better showing against the Lansing Bobcats than their last meeting, but fell again to the still-unbeaten Bobcats, 3-1, Tuesday night at Dryden High.
Senior Trevor Coates provided all the offense for the Bobcats with a hat trick that pushed him up to 10 goals on the season. He scored the equalizer in the fifth minute just one minute after the Lions took the lead, then scored his second and third goals 10 minutes apart in the second half from the exact same spot.
Dryden’s Corey Matesanz opened the scoring in the fourth minute off a feed from Nolan Weik on a perfectly executed counterattack after the Dryden defense swept an early Bobcats chance to safety.
Just one minute later, Coates pulled the Bobcats even with a blast that deflected off Lions goalie Hajo Wise (six saves) and slowly trickled into the net inside the left post.
The teams then went almost a full hour of game time without scoring, though it wasn’t for a lack of action. Both teams displayed some aggressive offense and clean ball movement, with Dryden firing 10 shots and Lansing attempting 13. Dryden also earned four corner kicks.
The fast-moving first half ended tied at one, and the aggressive play continued into the second half, but the Bobcats took control of the match.
Coates gave the Bobcats the lead in the 56th minute with a subtle move to put the ball on his right foot in the center of the 18-yard box and blast the ball past Wise.
Ten minutes later, Coates completed his hat trick from the exact same spot, but this time the ball was fed to him from 20 yards outside the box before he banged a one-timer into the net.
The Bobcats took 10 of their 13 shots in the second half while Dryden only mustered three shots in the second half. Lions head coach Laszlo Engel said his team was tiring out as the second half progressed, but after losing their first meeting with the Bobcats 6-0 on Sept. 7, he was happy with their effort given the circumstances.
“We got a little bit tired and stretched out a couple of times,” Engel said. “When you start getting tired, you stop thinking the game, so we missed a couple of marks a couple of times… We didn’t shoot the ball when we had opportunities enough, and they certainly can shoot from anywhere… Our defense really played well, we tightened things up pretty good. Certainly a much different game from the first time we played them. If we had started a little bit sooner like this, we’d be in a better spot right now.”
The Lions are now 4-4, but Engel wanted a tough schedule to prepare his squad for sectionals. Two losses to Lansing and a loss to Cincinnatus are nothing to sneeze at.
“We’re looking forward to going to sectionals,” Engel said. “I think we can do some pretty good games the next several games. We have a chance to win every one of them.”
Madison at Cincinnatus, 4:30 p.m.
McGraw at Otselic Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Stockbridge Valley at DeRuyter, 4:30 p.m.
Cincinnatus at Madison, 4:30 p.m.
Marathon at Groton, 4:30 p.m.
Otselic Valley at McGraw, 4:30 p.m.
Lansing at Dryden, 7 p.m.
Dryden at Union Springs, 6:30 p.m.
Groton at Lansing, 6:30 p.m.
Homer at Cato-Meridian, 4:30 p.m.
Marathon at Greene, 6:45 p.m.
Cortland, Fulton at Central Square, 4:30 p.m.
Homer at Marcellus, 4:30 p.m.
Tully at Cincinnatus, 4:30 p.m.
Cortland at Jamesville-DeWitt, 3:30 p.m.
LaFayette at Homer, 3:30 p.m.
Homer at Pulaski, 5p.m.
Marathon 2, Groton 0
Kaiden Cornell had a brace and the Olympians defense held the Indians to one shot on goal, which Julian Spizzirri saved, to register their fourth straight shutout and push their record to 5-1-1.
Homer 4, CBA 0
Gracie Patriarco netted a hat trick and an assist, Sarah Sovocool had a goal and two assists and Cat Apker kept a relentless CBA offense at bay with an eight-save clean sheet to give Homer the win.
Jamesville-DeWitt 3, Cortland 0
The game was closer than the final score indicated, as J-D scored the only goal it would need in the first minute before Cortland held J-D scoreless until the final 10 minutes.
“Our back line did an excellent job keeping the line and when J-D slid through balls through we recovered nicely to contain them,” Purple Tigers head coach Ilona Ryon said. “When a few crosses got in front of our goal Lauren (Mott) made some nice clean saves and began our counter attacks.”
Canastota 8, Homer 0
Chance Jaquin had a hat trick, Mia DiVeronica and Chloe Curtis each had two goals, Kory Matteson had a goal and Hailey Demao had three assists as Canastota blew out Homer.
Homer 221, Skaneateles 223
Homer pulled off their seventh straight win and first-ever win over Skaneateles as a league opponent.
Mitch Riter tied for the top score of the match with a 39 and was backed up by Lukas Quinn’s 43.
Cortland 207, ES-M Blue 222, ES-M Orange 283
Andrew Partigianoni (37) and Kooper Knabe (38) led the Purple Tigers to a sweep of the ES-M split squad.
Westhill 6, Homer 1
Emma Effinger defeated Katie Hagrman, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 to prevent a
Westhill sweep, but the Trojans fell back to .500 at 4-4.