MARATHON – The Marathon boys soccer team dominated the visiting Moravia Blue Devils on Monday, winning 5-0 at Marathon High.
It seemed like the Olympians were on offense the entire game as they controlled possession in both halves and outshot the Blue Devils 30-0.
Junior Kaiden Cornell led the way offensively for the Olympians with a hat trick, while Braeden Morrison and Eli Hoyt each had a goal.
It did not take the Olympians long to get the offense going, as Cornell scored his first of the night within the first 30 seconds of the game to put the Olympians up 1-0.
Morrison would make it 2-0 in the seventh minute with a beautiful diving header off a corner kick assist from Ethan Morrison.
In the 23rd minute, Cornell scored his second of the night as he snuck one past the Blue Devils keeper to make it a commanding 3-0 lead.
The second half saw Hoyt score in the 46th minute and Cornell finishing off his hat trick in the 52nd minute as he dribbled right between defenders and scored a beautiful goal to give the Olympians a 5-0 lead.
Though the Olympians dominated the game and scored more goals in the first half, head coach Chip Stewart was much happier with what he saw in the second half from his team.
“The second half I thought we moved the ball east-to-west and we moved it faster,” Stewart said. “We want to get it, settle it and distribute it. I thought in the second half we did that a lot better.”
Cornell’s hat trick was a big boost for the Olympians, and according to Stewart, it is a boost the team has been missing, as Cornell has missed time due to COVID-19.
“He gives us an added dimension with speed,” Stewart said.
Morrison is another player who seemed to be all over the field for the Olympians during their win Monday evening, something Stewart took notice of and spoke of highly.
“I firmly believe I have the best player in the league in number two (Morrison),” Stewart said. “Braeden was an all-state player last year, he was significant on our state championship team as a sophomore and he’s just a talented kid.”
Next up for the Olympians is a game at 4:30 p.m. tonight against the Southern Cayuga Chiefs at Marathon High. The game will be a much tougher test for the Olympians, but Stewart knows what his players need to do to come out with the victory.
“We pick up our intensity and as much as we moved the ball fast today, we got to move it faster tomorrow,” Stewart said. “We don’t want to get them in a transition game where they’re collecting. If we lose the ball, we want to lose it off the end-line and make them go 100 yards against us.”
DeRuyter 5, Otselic Valley 0
The Rockets extended a 1-0 halftime lead with four goals in 18 minutes in the second half to cruise to the win. Gavin Richardson had a hat trick, Cam Daley and Brandon Darrow each had a goal and Riley Glisson added two assists.
Oswego 3, Cortland 1
The Purple Tigers had their win streak snapped as they were defeated by scores of 25-11, 25-20, 24-26 and 25-13.
Molly Steve had a monster game for Cortland with 14 assists and 11 digs. Emma Hutchings had 12 digs and four kills. Aliza McCormick had seven aces, four kills and nine digs.
Dryden 8, Whitney Point 0
Ally Deeley registered a hat trick and an assist and the Lions got one goal each from McKenna Crocker, Emma Lobdell, Lauren Gulini, Hollace Finver and Lacey Pignon as they outshot Whitney Point 19-0 and earned 14 corners to none for Whitney Point.
Moravia 4, Groton 0
The Indians had no answer for Lynnae Russell, who had a hat trick, or goalie Abigail Myers, who made nine saves for the shutout.
Elisa Allen made 14 saves for the Indians to keep them in the game.
Homer 205, Mexico 255
The Trojans improved to 9-3 thanks to Mitch Riter’s 32, Tanner Douglass’s 37 and Lukas Quinn’s 41.