December 1, 2021

Marathon upset in sectional semifinal

ONEONTA — The top-seeded Marathon girls soccer team battled, but their comeback bid fell short Wednesday as the No. 4 Franklin Purple Devils held on for a 4-2 win over the Olympians in the NYSPHSAA Section IV Class D semifinal match at Wright National Soccer Campus.

Franklin struck first in the 17th minute as Shannon Kingsbury laced a shot outside of the box into the net.

Just two minutes later, a cross from the Purple Devils found a gap in the defense which resulted in a Valentina Temple score to go up 2-0.

“Our goalie touched it four times I think in that 10-20 minutes, that just can’t happen,” Marathon head coach Elizabeth Duncan said. “It was just us watching the ball and not being assertive.”

Though the Olympians found themselves down early, they did not quit. In the 36th minute, Marissa Allen found Lindsay Courtney on an excellent through ball. Courtney then chipped it over Franklin keeper Madeline Hyzer’s head and into the back of the net to make it 2-1.

The Purple Devils, however, responded early in the second half. Kingsbury broke free from the defense and scored her second goal of the night to make it 3-1.

The Olympians were able to shrink the lead to one again in the 61st minute. After Delta Barber was fouled just outside the box, she capitalized on the ensuing free kick and shot a fantastic ball over Hyzer’s head for a goal. This, however, was as close as Marathon managed to get.

The Purple Devils once again put an end to any comeback hopes in the 70th minute, as Kingsbury got a good shot on goal that rebounded right to Patricia Rodriguez-Matias, who buried her shot and closed the scoring.

Marathon had a couple of good looks in the final 20 minutes, but any chance they had was shut down by the Franklin defense, which took the victory and punched its ticket to the Section IV Class D final.

“I think if we played a full 80 minutes the way that we know how to play, it might have been a different outcome,” Duncan said. “Franklin really did, they outplayed us today and they deserve this win.”

The season is now over for the Marathon, which finished with a 14-3 record, including an Interscholastic Athletic Conference title that was clinched two weeks ago.

Though the season ended with a loss, it was an extremely successful season for the Olympians.

“Even though this is unfortunate today, it shouldn’t take away the success we had this season,” Duncan said. “We were the No. 1 seed, unfortunately we won’t be able to defend our sectional title. But, at the same time, we accomplished a lot this season and we have a lot to be proud of. I want them to hold their heads high.”

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Dryden 3, Whitney Point 0


TODAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS SOCCER
No. 1 Marathon vs. No. 4 Cherry Valley-Springfield, 3:15 p.m. at Wright National Soccer Complex, Oneonta

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
No. 3 Homer at No. 2 Westhill, 6 p.m.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Marathon, Dryden at IAC Championships, 4 p.m. at Marathon-Appleby Elementary School

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Marathon, Dryden at IAC Championships, 4 p.m. at Marathon-Appleby Elementary School