Dryden rallied from an early 1-0 deficit with three unanswered goals, then hung on to defeat Waverly, 3-2, in Interscholastic Athletic Conference boys’ soccer action on Thursday in Dryden.
On Senior Night, the Purple Lions (8-5-1) survived a physical test from the Wolverines, according to head coach Laszlo Engel.
“We held on for the win by calming down and composing ourselves,” he said. “It was a character-building night as we had to contend with a very physical Waverly team. I like how we regrouped a couple times to overcome some difficult situations.”
Nick Hollister tied the game 18 minutes in, two minutes after Waverly had taken the lead. Ryan Harding put the home team ahead 11 minutes into the second half, and Felix Abel-Ferretti gave Dryden some insurance off a feed from Lewis.
Dryden gave up a late goal on a free kick after getting into foul trouble, according to Engel.
The Purple Lions wrap up the regular season on Monday evening against state-ranked Lansing (11-0-1), which was scheduled to play Southern Cayuga in its Senior Night game on Friday. Monday’s game will be the first in a boys-girls doubleheader between the schools, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Lansing, ranked sixth in the state in Class C, will then return to TC3 next Saturday, Oct. 17, for the IAC Large School championship game, where it will play third-ranked Elmira Notre Dame (14-0) at 6 p.m. That game will be the last of four IAC title games scheduled for that day; the schedule is as follows:
Small School girls: Odessa-Montour vs. Marathon, noon;
Small School boys: Tioga vs. Marathon, 2 p.m.;
Large School girls: Elmira Notre Dame vs. either Lansing or Dryden, 4 p.m.
Should the Dryden girls beat Lansing on Monday at TC3, they would finish tied for the division title, and a tie-breaker would be needed. The teams battled to a scoreless draw in their first meeting. Lansing was scheduled to play at Southern Cayuga on Friday.
Trumansburg 1, Union Springs/Port Byron 0 (OT): Trumansburg (9-4-2) put on pressure and forced an own goal in the first overtime period to edge the host Wolves.
US/PB (5-10-0) outshot Trumansburg, 15-12, but the Blue Raiders secured the win at 4:55 of the first overtime period.
Notre Dame 11, Newark Valley 0: At Newark Valley, Aidan Sharma had three goals and an assist as Notre Dame completed a perfect regular season with another dominant victory, this time over the Cardinals (4-8).
The Crusaders (14-0) have outscored their opponents, 136-3.
Lansing 6, Watkins Glen 1: On Thursday at Lansing, Kassie Riemer and Megan Dean scored two goals apiece as the Bobcats (10-2-1, 10-0-1 IAC) remained undefeated in league play by beating the Senecas.
Reilly Zajac (assist) and Maddy Czymmek also scored for Lansing, which outshot WG, 18-7, and took all seven of the game’s corners. Alicia Teed made 12 saves for the Senecas, while Lena Gisler had three for Lansing.
Ithaca 203, Binghamton 218: On Thursday at Ely Park Golf Course, Cam Mitchell shot a 1-over par 35 to earn the match medalist honors as the Little Red evened its overall record at 8-8.
Alex Surowka led the Patriots (1-13) with a round of 40.
The Southern Tier Athletic Conference championship tournament is next for both squads; it’s slated for Tuesday at Cornell’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Vestal (13-1), which extended its win streak to nine matches on Thursday with a 191-218 defeat of Horseheads, finished the regular season with the conference’s best record.
Ithaca 3, Elmira 0: Myah Frostclapp had 16 kills to lead Ithaca to a 25-10, 25-23, 25-13 STAC win against Elmira. Danielle Dille had 12 assists for the Express, Braeden Knoll had 11 kills and Shayna Miller contributed 10 digs.