MARATHON — The Dryden girls soccer team scored five straight goals after falling behind early, with three of them coming from Ally Deeley, in a 5-1 victory Wednesday afternoon.
The Lions were extremely efficient on offense, getting their five goals on only eight shots on Marathon goalie Kendre Euson, while Lions goalie Chole Rocker made six saves and played aggressively off her line in the final 20 minutes when Marathon tried to gain offensive momentum to cut into the deficit.
“We were happy with our opportunities,” Lions head coach Janine Bennett said. “We were very efficient in our scoring today.”
Anna Hoyt opened the scoring for Marathon in the 11th minute when Rocker made a terrific save off a free kick, but the ball bounced off the crossbar and right into the lap of Hoyt for the easy tap-in.
Deeley pulled the Lions level in the 18th minute by drawing a foul 30 yards away from goal and scoring on the ensuing direct kick with a top-shelf shot. She scored again five minutes later to give the Lions the lead for good. In the 31st minute she picked up an assist on a goal by Hollace Finver and completed her hat trick 30 seconds later.
Emma Lobdell scored the lone goal of the second half in the 60th minute on another direct kick. After Deeley’s first goal, the shots that got past Euson were ones she had been able to stop for most of this season. Some freaky turns, possibly due to the breeze, gave Dryden the breaks they needed to make this game a no-contest.
“We had some well-placed shots,” Bennett said. “Ally was hitting the side panels. They may not look like rockets, but if it’s a purposely-placed ball, we did our job.”
On top of beating Euson, normally a rock in the net, the Lions held Marathon’s top scoring threat Delta Barber in check as well.
“Delta’s a nice, strong player,” Bennett said. “She’s a physically strong body, too, so she uses her body well on top of her skill.”
The secret to stopping Barber? Deeley. Despite Barber’s height advantage, Deeley was up to the challenge.
“We always have her mark the bigger, stronger player,” Bennett said. “That kid plays 6’2”.”
The Lions (9-3) are off until 6:30 p.m. Monday when they host Trumansburg for Senior Night. Marathon’s next game is also against Trumansburg in a road contest at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Groton at Newfield, 4:30 p.m.
Cortland at Fulton, 6:30 p.m.
Dryden at Notre Dame-Elmira, 7 p.m.
Marathon at Odessa-Montour, 7 p.m.
McGraw at DeRuyter, 7 p.m.
Homer at Mexico, 5:30 p.m.
Fulton at Cortland, 7 p.m.
ITC at Homer, 6 p.m.
Dryden at Whitney Point, 6:30 p.m.
Central Square at Cortland, 7:30 p.m.
DeRuyter, Bishop Ludden at Manlius Pebble Hill, 4:30 p.m.
Chittenango at Homer, 3:30 p.m.
Dryden at Watkins Glen, 6 p.m.
DeRuyter 3, Stockbridge Valley 2
Rhya Richardson, Abby Whitt and Olivia Lidell each scored a goal, and Kelsey Brown stopped eight of 10 shots as the Rockets eked out the victory.
Cortland 207, Fulton 217
Andrew Partigianoni was once again the top golfer with a 36, and he was backed up by Kooper Knabe (40) and Carter Baum (41).
Homer 207, Westhill 208
With three golfers at 42 and two at 40, Mitch Riter’s 36 proved to be the difference as the Trojans squeaked by Westhill by one stroke.
Cazenovia 5, Homer 2
Eila Spanbauer defeated Baylee Pierce, 10-4, in the only contested win for the Trojans (4-7).