GROTON — Delta Barber registered a hat trick, Marissa Allen and Abby Ensign each had a goal and Kendre Euson registered her fifth consecutive shutout as the Marathon Olympians blanked the Groton Indians, 5-0, Wednesday afternoon at Groton Elementary School.
Barber scored her first goal in the 14th minute by using her left foot to bang the ball into the top left corner of the net, and extended the Marathon lead to 2-0 five minutes later in the culmination of a transition play started by Euson’s aggressive defense and clear that glanced off a Groton player at midfield.
Allen made it 3-0 just before halftime after Paige Hurlburt forced a turnover 40 yards away from goal, then made a mad dash down the left sideline and crossed the ball into the box for Allen.
Barber completed her hat trick in the 59th minute on a penalty kick after an incidental Groton handball in the box. Ensign capped the scoring in the 77th minute by lifting a shot through traffic to the top right corner of the goal.
Barber’s offensive outbursts this season haven’t come out of nowhere, but she wasn’t contributing at this rate before this season. After sitting out the COVID-shortened fall II season this past spring, she dedicated herself to improving her game for her senior season this fall.
“She worked really hard in the offseason,” Olympians head coach Beth Duncan said. “I told her what a difference I noticed in her play and her power and her confidence and her all-around game. She wants to get everybody involved.”
While Euson only needed to make three saves for the clean sheet, the Olympians’ defense made sure she didn’t need to sweat all that much.
“Shutouts go to the defense before they go to the goalie,” Duncan said. “It’s also our midfield play because they have to play both ends of the field.”
Groton goalie Elisa Allen stopped an astounding 30 shots and the Indians defense played much better in the second half to give themselves a fighting chance.
“She saved some really nice shots, especially a direct kick from Delta in the first half,” Duncan said. “They also pulled (Natalia) Bell back, which made a difference defensively.”
The Olympians improved to 7-1 and will face Union Springs today at 4:30 p.m.
Westhill at Cortland, 6:30 p.m.
Groton at Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.
Moravia at Marathon, 4:30 p.m.
Jordan-Elbridge at Homer, 5 p.m.
Cortland at Central Square, 7 p.m.
Brookfield at DeRuyter, 4:30 p.m.
Union Springs at Marathon, 4:30 p.m.
Chittenango at Homer, 7 p.m.
Westhill at Homer, 6 p.m.
Living Word Academy at Cortland, 6:30 p.m.
Marathon at Moravia, 4:30 p.m.
Cincinnatus 3, Madison 0
Another game, another Kyla Sustad hat trick as the Lions outshot Madison 27-2 and earned 14 corner kicks to Madison’s one en route to another victory.
McGraw 2, Otselic Valley 2
Andrea May and Teyha Long each had a goal and Heather Magee made four saves for the Eagles to salvage the tie with a short-handed OV squad.
McGraw 2, Otselic Valley 0
Skyler Barrows scored the only goal the Eagles would need in the 39th minute, Ryan Parks tacked on an insurance goal in the 73rd minute and Gabe Kahle had a four-save clean sheet as the Eagles got back in the win column.
Eagles head coach Jamey Crumb said getting some players back from injury allowed them to try some new tactics that helped them in this win.
“It allowed us to play a little more offensive minded and move some players around,” Crumb said. “One of those moves was putting Skyler on the wing to use his speed to the end line and it worked out well for us the entire game. I want to recognize our defense for fighting strong and fighting for the shutout. We are going to need different guys to keep stepping up moving forward and it was nice to see strong play from others tonight.”
Jamesville-Dewitt 196, Cortland 213
J-D had three golfers under 40 – Jackson Saroney (35), Sam Ahn (38) and Ian Delpha (39). Adnrew Partigianoni led the Purple Tigers with a 38, and Kooper Knabe also medaled with a 40.
Marcellus sweeps Homer
The Marcellus boys beat Homer 15-50 and the Marcellus girls won 15-55.
Marcellus had each of the top 10 times in the boys’ race. Zane Moheimani had the top boys’ time for Homer at 20:12 and Emma Anderson had the top girls’ time for Homer at 22:33