December 1, 2021

Cincinnatus boys soccer remains unbeaten

CORTLAND — The Cincinnatus boys soccer team moved to 8-0 on the season as it cruised to a 5-1 victory over McGraw Saturday evening at SUNY Cortland.

Cason Stafford and Jordan Larrabee led the way for the Lions with two goals and two assists each. Scott Schuyler added a goal and Dominick Landers registered an assist.

The Lions wasted no time to get going offensively. Stafford scored in the 6th and 8th minute to give the Lions an early 2-0 lead.

The Lions did not let up despite the early lead. Schuyler swerved past the defense in the 12th minute and chipped a shot that bounced off McGraw’s Skyler Barrows and past keeper Nolan Knickerbocker to put the Lions up 3-0.

Just four minutes later, Larrabee joined the party, finding the back of the net to give the Lions a commanding 4-0 lead.

The Eagles battled in the second half as they held the Lions to only one goal, which was scored by Larrabee in the 76th minute. McGraw also secured a goal of their own in the 71st minute on a free kick from Nathan Stiles, but it would not be enough.

Most teams would be very happy with a 5-1 victory, but Lions head coach Gordon Brown thought his players could have been even better, especially in the second half.

“Usually, they move the ball a lot better than that,” Brown said. “Usually, we share the ball, two-touch the ball and we get it in the back of the net. Tonight, we struggled at times. We were dribbling too much. Everybody thought they could beat somebody by themselves.”

For McGraw, the first half struggles were something head coach Jamey Crumb took notice of, but still credited the Lions for their stellar play.

“They’re very quick up top and they pass very well, even more so on turf,” Crumb said. “We were sitting back too much that first half. We were playing more defensive minded, but I think they got confused of still attacking with it.”

The Lions have now outscored their opponents 62-6 this season and have showed no signs of slowing down. Though Brown thinks his team can be better at times, despite such a winning streak, he knows the importance of a victory.

“We celebrate a win,” Brown said. “Anytime you get a win, it is something to celebrate about.”

The Lions will look to continue their undefeated season as they clash with another undefeated team, the Cooperstown Hawkeyes (7-0), at 4:30 p.m. tonight at Cooperstown High School.

The Eagles are back in action against Madison/ Brookfield at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at McGraw High School.