Season kicks into high gear for area boys' and girls' teams

By John Bernhardt
Area high school soccer teams had a busy week between tournament play and league matches.
Mayor’s Cup Results
South Kortright 1, Laurens 0
Two local soccer powers squared off Saturday night in the championship round of the Stamford Mayor’s Cup. Laurens, unbeaten and perennial contenders in the Tri-Valley League locked horns with the Delaware League’s unbeaten Rams from South Kortright.
Eric Burns notched a huge first-half goal, the game’s only score, as South Kortright nipped the Leopards, 1-0. Burns was in the right place at the right time in front of the goal, locating a rebound in a swarm of players from both sides, to slap in the score. The kick stood the rest of the way giving the Rams the shutout victory.
South Kortright goalie Charlie Darling picked up the shutout.

Andes 6, Gilboa 0
Andes split the scoring, finding the nets three times in both halves in their win over Gilboa. An explosive offensive performance by all-tournament selection, Ethan Berghammer, anchored Andes’ attack. Berghammer scored three of his five tournament goals in the cup’s fifth-place contest.
Peter Fabrykiewicz picked up the game’s first goal nearly 10 minutes into the contest. Fabrykiewicz assisted Berghammer’s first score less than a minute later. The sophomore striker dished out another scoring pass, this time to Cory Barrett, at the mid-way point of the half.
Berghammer hit back-to-back unassisted goals early in the second half. Eric Reed converted a pass from Eddie MacKay to net the final score of the game.
Josh Bonifacic continues his stellar play tending the nets for Andes. Sweeper Cody Ruff was recognized for his solid defensive work as a selection on the All-Tournament team.
The win improves Andes record to 4-2 on the year.

Hall of Fame, Blue Devils Split Pair
Margaretville ran into a buzz saw during the first 10 minutes of Hall of Fame tournament play on Saturday. The Blue Devils were overrun by a state tested S.S. Seward team in the early going. Ryan Chevrier tallied an assist and a score as Seward found the nets three times in the opening 10 minutes of a 4-1 victory.
Margaretville finally got their bearings and made a game of it the rest of the way. Marcus Moore got one goal back early in the second half. Things might have gotten interesting, when a long Greg Lehn shot hit the crossbar and dropped in front of the goal but Seward goalie, Dimitri Moustakis was able to swat it away.
The Margaretville turnaround continued on Sunday when they pasted Worcester, 5-0. Senior striker Josh Smith earned a hat trick, scoring two of his three goals in the first 101 minutes of play.
Sam Mendoza and Jake Brophy completed the Margaretville scoring. With the split, the Blue Devils stand 4-2 on the season.

Mountaineers continue climb
It’s all about climbing higher this fall for the Andes boys’ soccer team. Step by step, one step at a time, the Mountaineers continue to climb as they stake their claim as a contender in the Mountain Division of the Delaware League.
Thursday, Andes bolstered their ascent with a 5-3 victory on the road at Stamford. The victory eclipsed dual defeats to the Indians last season and signaled Andes could be poised to climb to the top tier of the Delaware League.
“This is our first victory where we had to come from behind,” noted Andes Coach Adam VanValkenburgh. “Today, we showed we have the stuff needed to successfully face tough game challenges,” the Andes coach praised.
VanValkenburgh credited a long goal by senior Ethan Berghammer with igniting the Mountaineers. With the score locked at 2-2, Berghammer lifted a direct kick that traveled 40 yards in the air before bending in a wicked curve and slapping into the nets.
Berghammer’s goal was his second of the game. The senior midfielder used a tip pass from Peter Fabrykiewicz to score the game’s first goal from just outside the box to the left of the goal.
Before the day’s work was done, Peter Fabrykiewicz would add two goals for Andes. Cory Barrett also connected on a long volley for an Andes score.
The victory improves the Mountaineers Delaware League record to 2-1.

ACS girls come close
For the second time this season, the Andes girls’ soccer team nearly pushed into the winner’s column. The young Andes squad continues to improve, dropping a hard fought contest, 2-1, to Stamford.
Stamford got on the board when Emily Hull used a pass from Emily Rio to find the nets 11 minutes into the game. Hull’s goal held throughout the opening half.
Andes evened things up early in the second half. Mariah Ruff scored her third goal of the season to deadlock the score at 1-1.
Stamford answered quickly when three minutes later Jessica Freer nailed the game winner.
The 2-1 decision matched the score of a Mayor’s Cup overtime battle with South Kortright earlier in the year.

Blue Devils blank Roxbury, 4-0
It was a workmen’s like performance Wednesday for the Margaretville boys’ soccer team. Margaretville got down to business punching in a steady, dependable, 4-0, decision over their Delaware League rivals.
A spirited first half defensive battle resulted in only one goal, a controversial score at that. Roxbury was whistled for a hand ball just inside the box on the far right perimeter early in the half. Josh Smith grounded home his first of two goals for the score.
Roxbury almost tied things up early in the second half when Ryan Skipper’s reverse strike took a high bounce that Blue Devil goalie Patrick O’Connell just managed to pull in at the top of his jump.
Javier Martinez settled an Abraham Morales pass form the left wing, then directed a return pass to Morales who scored to created some distance between the teams with 26 minutes left in the game.
A 35-yard rocket by midfielder, Greg Lehn, and Smith’s second goal ended the scoring for the day.
The win evens Margaretville’s Delaware League record at 1-1.

Roxbury's Jamie VanDyke attempts keep the ball in during last week's game against Margaretville. - Photo by Julia GreenRoxbury's Jamie VanDyke attempts keep the ball in during last week's game against Margaretville. - Photo by Julia Green