DRYDEN Sophomore Tiffany Burgos scored with less than 10 minutes to play to snap a 1-all tie and lift the Dryden girls’ soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Lansing in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large North Division tie-breaker on Thursday at Dryden.
The win lifted the Purple Lions (13-2-1 overall) into the IAC Large School title game against 15th-ranked, undefeated Elmira Notre Dame. That game is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Tompkins Cortland Community College, the third of a four-game IAC championship afternoon.
Burgos banged home a loose ball off a corner kick with 9:33 left in regulation for the Purple Lions, who forced the tie-breaker by beating Lansing, 3-1 in overtime, on Monday night in the regular-season finale at TC3. Senior Janine Bennett scored all three goals in that one, the last two in the first OT period.
Sophomore Katie Keegan had Dryden’s other goal on Thursday, late in the first half off an assist from senior Taylor Bennett, to tie the score at 1 after Lansing’s Megan Dean had given the visiting Bobcats the lead 16:27 in.
Dryden coach Janine Bennett praised her two young goal-scorers, who picked up the slack while Taylor Bennett, her daughter and the program’s all-time goals leader, was being blanketed by Lansing senior co-captain Michelle Schafer.
“Michelle did a really good job on Taylor,” said Coach Bennett. “She was touching her the whole game, even when the ball was down at the other end. It wasn’t that she was fouling her, she was just letting Taylor know that she was there.
“I’m excited for them (Keegan and Burgos),” Bennett added. “They have to do that if we’re going to be successful. When teams focus on Taylor, other people have to step up, and they did that for us.”
Lansing had the advantage of a substantial wind in the first half and dominated possession while earning seven corner kicks. But Dryden turned the tables with the wind in the second half, controlling the ball for long stretches before finally getting one past Lansing keeper Lena Gisler.
“It was a deceiving wind,” Bennett said. “It was a nice cool day, and you could feel the breeze, but it wasn’t until we had the wind in the second half that I realized how much of a factor it was.”
Sarah Westcott had seven saves for Dryden, while Gisler made three for Lansing, including a one-handed stop as the ball sat on the goal line while the game was still tied in the late going.
Saturday’s quadruple-header begins at noon with the IAC Small School girls final between Odessa-Montour at Marathon. At 2 p.m. is the Small School boys final between Tioga and Marathon, with the Dryden-Notre Dame girls game at 4 and the boys’ Large School final at 6, pitting No. 3 Notre Dame against No. 5 Lansing.
Moravia 4, Tioga 1: On Wednesday at Moravia, Destiny Lemmon scored twice to lead the Blue Devils (8-7) past the Tigers (3-10).
Tatianna Trojnor-Hill and Zoë Barrington had a goal apiece for Moravia, which outshot Tioga, 22-8, and had a 7-1 edge in corners.