2017-11-01 / Sports

Rams ‘steam’ past Marathon to win sectional title

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SK advances to state tourney
By Dick Sanford

Behind two goals by sophomore Stanley “Steamer” Anderson, an Andes Central School student playing for South Kortright in their merged sports’ program, the South Kortright Rams defeated Marathon, 2-1, Saturday afternoon in Oneonta to claim the Section IV Class D soccer title. Marathon had been ranked #1 in Section IV while the Rams had been ranked #3.

Mason O’Donnell put Marathon up 1-0 when he scored unassisted with 28:47 left in the first half. But Anderson knotted the score at one when he scored unassisted with just 2:10 left in the half.

Anderson struck again, this time with an assist from Derek Burns, with 36:31 left in the second half to put the Rams ahead for good. A strong wind from the east, into which the Rams battled in the first half, helped SK control play in the second.

The Rams put six shots on goal and took five corner kicks. Winning keeper Aiden Fox recorded six saves. Marathon put six shots on goal and took two corner kicks. Marathon keeper Kenyon DePuy made six saves in taking the loss.

Onward to the States

The Rams will be in action next Saturday in the Syracuse area in the first round of the state Class D tournament.

The Rams advanced to the finals in the Section IV, Class D soccer tournament last Wednesday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over the Delhi Bulldogs, again at the Wright Soccer Campus in Oneonta.

Anderson got things going early for the Rams when he intercepted a pass at midfield and carried the ball deep into Delhi territory where he found Alex Funk open in front of the goal. Funk’s shot beat Delhi keeper Ben Arehart and the Rams went up by a goal with only one minute, 49 seconds gone in the game. Anderson got a wellearned assist on the play. Delhi tied the score with 26:02 left in the first half when Dustin Coffey found an open net. Rams’ keeper Aiden Fox had been drawn out to play a ball at the top of the box and was unable to get back into position for Coffey’s shot.

The two teams battled evenly until the South Kortright took control late in the second half. Derek Burns, assisted by Dawson Darling put the Rams up for good when he found the nets with just 7:41 left. The Rams then held off the Bulldogs to earn a 2-1 victory and a trip to the Section IV finals on Saturday, again at the Wright Soccer Campus in Oneonta.

The Rams put six shots on goal, four in the first half and two in the second, and took five corner kicks. Fox was credited with seven saves in earing the win. Delhi had 11 shots on goal, seven in the first half and four in the second, and took four corners. Arehart was credited with four saves in the loss.

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