December 2, 2021

Marathon girls win IAC title

DRYDEN — In a physical back-and-forth game, the Marathon girls soccer team scored two goals late in the second half to pull away from Odessa-Montour and captured the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School Championship Saturday at Tompkins Cortland Community College by a score of 2-0.

Neither the Olympians nor Indians could find the net, though opportunities were there for both. It was in the 72nd minute that the Olympians would finally take the lead. After a clearance from the Olympians defense, the ball found Delta Barber, who gained possession and lightly tapped one past Indians keeper Keyonna Garrison for a 1-0 lead.

Just four minutes later, Olympians freshman Addison Oram shot a ball from way outside the box that soared over Garrison’s head to seal the deal for the Olympians.

Barber, who scored the go-ahead goal for the Olympians, went down midway through the second half with an injury, but found herself in the right spot at the right time for the Olympians to help them secure the championship.

“Delta got hurt and I had her on the bench for a minute, we then talked about going back in and she was like ‘I want to go up front,’” Olympians head coach Elizabeth Duncan said. “Delta just got that one little touch. If it wasn’t Delta, I honestly don’t know if that play would have been made.”

The IAC championship is the first one for Duncan, who knew she had a special group. But getting there and winning it all was something none of them have done before.

“I told them that we can do something special this year with this group of seniors,” Duncan said. “I have been varsity coach for four years and Groton has been dominating our division since then. I don’t think we’ve been back here since 2013 or 2014.”

The support for both teams flooded the stands at TC3, despite rain falling for nearly all 80 minutes. For smaller schools like the two teams that competed Saturday, support like that is always an amazing sight to see.

“Our community came out for it,” Duncan said.

SECTIONAL SEEDINGS

The soccer and field hockey seedings for Section III and IV were announced.

Boys soccer

  • Cortland is the No. 8 seed in Section III Class A and will host Oswego at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The winner of that game will visit No. 1 East Syracuse-Minoa at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Cincinnatus is the No. 1 seed in Section III Class D. It will host the winner of Wednesday’s No. 8 McGraw-No. 9 Town of Webb game at 3 p.m. Friday.
  • Also in Section III Class D, DeRuyter earned the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Lyme at 3 p.m. Friday.
  • Dryden is the No. 7 seed in Section IV Class B and will visit No. 2 Owego at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
  • Marathon is the No. 1 seed in Section IV Class B and has a first-round bye. It will host the winner of Tuesday’s game between Worcester and Hunter-Tannersville at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Girls soccer

  • Cortland is the No. 6 seed in Section III Class A and will visit No. 3 Jamesville-Dewitt Thursday at a time to be determined.
  • Homer is the No. 15 seed in Section III Class B and will host No. 18 Holland Patent at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The winner of that game will visit No. 2 Clinton at a time to be determined on Thursday.
  • In Section III Class D, Cincinnatus is the No. 3 seed and will host the winner of Tuesday’s No. 6 DeRuyter-No. 11 McGraw game at 3 p.m. Thursday.
  • Dryden is the No. 6 seed in Section IV Class B and will visit Oneonta at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The winner of that game will visit No. 2 Owego at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27.
  • Marathon is the No. 1 seed in Section IV Class D and has a first-round bye. It will host the winner of Wednesday’s Downsville-Morris game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Field hockey

  • Homer is the No. 6 seed in Section III Class B and will visit East Syracuse-Minoa at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Marathon is the No. 7 seed in Section IV Class C and will visit No. 2 Sidney at 6 p.m. Thursday.