Lansing tuned up for Saturday’s conference championship game by defeating Newark Valley, 9-0, in Interscholastic Athletic Conference boys soccer action Tuesday evening at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Jason Yahn had two goals and three assists, while Donovan Baird and John Schafer added two goals apiece for the Bobcats (14-1), who’ve won two straight since losing, 2-1 in overtime, to Trumansburg last week. The loss dropped Lansing six spots in the state poll to No. 7, one behind the Blue Raiders (12-2), who moved up 10 spots after upsetting the two-time defending Section 4 Class C champion.
Lansing led the Cardinals, 5-0, at halftime and had a 36-2 advantage in shots. Alex Purcell, Alex Schutz and Kevin Price also scored goals for Lansing, while Bryce Stanhope made one save to earn the shutout. Keepers Micah Gorsline (3 saves), Steven Overstreet (6 saves) and Tyler Rypkema (3 saves) split time in goal for Newark Valley.
Coach Adam Heck’s Bobcats, who clinched the IAC North Large title last Friday night with a 2-0 defeat of Dryden, will take on 20th-ranked Elmira Notre Dame (12-2) at 8 p.m. Saturday, back at TC3, in the last of four IAC title games set for this weekend.
Friday’s Small School finals will both feature Marathon against Spencer-Van Etten, with the girls’ matchup slated for 6 p.m. and the boys’ set for 8.
Saturday’s Large School finals will both feature Lansing against Elmira Notre Dame, as the girls’ teams from those schools both clinched division titles on Tuesday. Coach Eric Stickel’s top-ranked Bobcats (14-0) won the North Large title with a 2-0 defeat of host Dryden (11-3).
Meanwhile, the Notre Dame girls (12-0-3) clinched the Large South with a 1-1 tie at Newark Valley (9-4-1). Lansing and END, ranked fifth in Class C, will meet for the the girls Large School title at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by the boys’ final.
IAC girls soccer
Lansing 2, Dryden 0: On Tuesday at Lansing, Kristin Dake broke a 0-0 tie early in the second half and the Bobcats got an insurance goal from Elena Parkins with 10 minutes to play. Lansing had a 9-5 edge in shots; Dryden took the game’s lone corner kick.
“I knew my team could hang with Lansing for 40 minutes, even 60 minutes,” Dryden coach Janine Bennett said, “but the depth they have … and the young, small team I have, with the inability to rest my kids, is a huge disadvantage to us. I am proud of the way we played.”
Sarah Gisler made four saves for Lansing, while Alissa Patte stopped seven shots for Dryden.
Newfield 1, Watkins Glen 0: At Newfield, Sierra Henry broke a scoreless tie in the 10th minute of the second half, converting a Jenna Lorer pass to lift the Trojans (6-8-1, 4-3-1 IAC) and earn them a berth in the Section 4 tournament. Kari Hartman made four saves, and preserved the win with a diving stop in the final minutes.
Trumansburg 3, Candor 0: At Trumansburg, Hayley Sherwood tallied seven kills, five aces and eight assists to help propel the Blue Raiders (15-0, 12-0 IAC). Chloe Mount added eight kills and four aces, while Anna Shelley had seven kills and two digs.
Lansing 3, Groton 2: At Groton, the Bobcats (7-6, 7-5 IAC) outlasted the Indians, by scores of 26-24, 21-25, 25-9, 14-25 and 25-19. Cassidy Towner had 15 kills, five digs and five aces for Lansing, while Mikayla Perkins had five kills, three aces and 11 service points for Groton. Lansing swept the JV match.
Newark Valley 3, Newfield 1: At Newfield, Molly Rogers had four kills and Aryana Wing had 12 service points and six digs to lead the Cardinals to the come-from-behind victory. Game scores were 15-25, 25-18, 25-16 and 25-18. Newfield, which won the JV match, got four kills each from Nicole Moravec, Jordan Colburn and Alaina Woods, and eight aces from Emily Hatch.
Tioga 3, Spencer-Van Etten 0: At S-VE, Bry Godfrey had a match-high 10 kills and Malley Bowen a high 13 assists as the Tigers improved to 13-1 with a Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory.
Golden Eagles Invitational: At Whitney Point, Chenango Forks captured both the boys and girls team titles at the 50th edition of the meet.
The boys scored 46 points to outdistance second-place Southern Cayuga (76), Norwich (81) and Athens (85) in the seven-team race. Eight schools also fielded incomplete teams, including Lansing and New Roots Charter School of Ithaca.
Groton’s Jason Jenks won the boys’ race in 17 minutes, 41.7 seconds, just 2.3 seconds ahead of runner-up Tom Miller of SC. Jenks’ win was the first for a Groton runner at the meet, according to head coach Scott Weeks.
On the girls’ side, Forks scored 43 points to edge Athens (60) and Johnson City (76) in the six-team race. Bethany Murphy of Southern Cayuga won the race in 21:50.7, 6.5 seconds better than JC’s Emily Cluck. Sophomore Leah Forehand of Groton placed eighth and freshman Catherine Jenks was 11th, leading the Indians to a fourth-place finish.