MCS boys win division; face South Kortright for league title
By John Bernhardt
The road to the Delaware League Boys’ Soccer Championship may have taken some unexpected twists and turns. Yet, when the teams crossed the finish line of the regular season last week, there were no surprises among the division winners.
Margaretville shutdown Stamford, 3-0, to finish at 9-1 in Delaware League play, the champions of the Upper Division. South Kortright crushed Roxbury, 7-0, to take the Mountain Division crown. Margaretville will challenge the two-time defending Delaware League champions, Saturday, at the National Hall of Fame complex in Oneonta.
South Kortright left few doubters in their high stakes match-up with second place Roxbury. The Rams have been on a mission since back-to-back miscues late in the season put their divisional title in question. The 7-0 victory was SK’s third in a row, with the Rams outscoring their opposition, 14-0, during the win streak.
Thursday, Kyle Hotaling used a corner kick to get the Rams in motion eight minutes into the game. Hotaling’s goal opened the floodgates as South Kortright tacked on three more scores in a six-minute outburst later in the first half.
Trevor Holdridge scored an unassisted goal to give the Rams a two-goal lead. Almost immediately, Ryan Dorosky assisted Eric Burns, putting SK in front, 3-0. Damon Gardner added one more goal before the half, scoring unassisted, giving the Rams a four-goal advantage at the intermission.
South Kortright continued to pour it on with Gardner, Dorosky, and Joe Kaufman each adding scores in the second half.
MCS blanks Stamford
Margaretville, who had already clinched the Upper Division crown, kept their game sharp with a 3-0 shutout of Stamford. Sophomore Cody Fronckowiak continued a torrid offensive streak scoring two goals to pace the Blue Devils. Marcus Moore netted the final Margaretville goal. Greg Lehn had two assists and Josh Smith one for the victors.
Margaretville and SK met earlier in the season with the Blue Devils prevailing, 2-1, on their home field
Trailing 1-0, the Blue Devils’ Fronckowiak found the nets with only seven seconds to play in the first half, igniting his teammates. Smith nailed the game winner in the second half as the Blue Devils handed SK their second loss of the season.
Much of Margaretville’s game plan Saturday will have to do with controlling the midfield. Greg Lehn and Marcus Moore add passion and experience for the Blue Devils in the center of the field. Margaretville hopes to use their exceptional team speed and well developed foot skills to offset South Kortright’s physical style of play.
South Kortright has several players who can find the nets. Josh Palmatier has reached double digit goals and assists on the season.
Both teams have young and talented goalies. Brain Faulkner mans the nets for Margaretville and Charlie Darling for SK.
MacKay sparks Andes rally
After four straight losses, the Andes boys’ soccer team needed a spark. The Mountaineers found the ignition point they needed in freshman Eddie MacKay. MacKay scored two goals leading the Mountaineers to a critical, 4-3, victory over Hunter-Tannersville on the Wildcats’ home field.
Things looked dire for the Mountaineers Thursday, as it took Hunter only 30 seconds to score. Derek Legg directed an inside pass to Zack Clark, and Clark found the nets for the game’s first tally. Clarke’s goal threatened to deflate any optimism the reeling Mountaineers brought into the contest.
But, along came MacKay. The freshman striker was in the right place at the right time to nab his first goal and even the score at 1-1. MacKay followed up a rebound of an Ethan Berghammer scorcher for an Andes score.
Berghammer was in on the action once again later in the half. The senior midfielder threaded a pass to Peter Fabrykiewicz who gave the Mountaineers a 2-1 lead.
The Andes advantage didn’t last long as Hunter stormed back to even things up again only 12 seconds later. Ryan Magnin scored an unassisted goal to do the damage.
Hunter came out of the intermission blazing, taking back the lead after only 75 seconds. Tucker Foti found Kernan Pouras for the score.
But, MacKay wouldn’t allow his team to falter. The eager freshman utilized a Fabrykiewicz pass to power a score with just over 12 minutes left to play.
Berghammer picked up another assist with time running out, finding Corey Barrett for the game-winning score with only 3:03 remaining.
Andes goalie Josh Bonofacic turned in a workman like day in the nets making several huge saves. With the win, Andes finishes the regular season at 7-6.
Lady Blue Devils blank Stamford
A gigantic 21-6 shot advantage helped the Margaretville’s girls’ team to a 2-0 victory in Stamford. Amanda Drizis and Erica Faulkner scored goals for the Blue Devils. Michelle O’Reilly picked up an assist.
Sarah Batka earned the shutout for Margaretville.