The unbeaten Ithaca High boys’ soccer team has responded to relative adversity in a way befitting a team that has its sights set on a state championship.
Its latest show of strength came on Wednesday at Horseheads, when the Little Red scored five goals in both halves and crushed the Blue Raiders, 10-0, in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference West Division game. Senior Tristan Cornell-Roberts and junior Phyo Htet scored two goals apiece to lead Ithaca (10-0), which is ranked third in this week’s New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA poll.
Since giving up two first-half goals to Elmira on Sept. 23, the Little Red has scored 18 unanswered goals in wins over the Express (5-2), Maine-Endwell on Friday (3-0) and the Blue Raiders. For the season, Ithaca has outscored its opponents by a combined 50-2.
Pierre Clavel, Alex Patz, Eric Dembow, Jacob Cummings and Rory Simpson had the other goals for Ithaca, which outshot Horseheads, 30-3. Cornell-Roberts, Patz, Simpson, Zeke Estes and Thart Kwah Paw added assists; keepers Kevin Klaben (0 saves) and Aidan Evans (3) split time in goal for Coach Gilbert Antoine’s squad.
Tyler Morehouse made 11 saves for Horseheads, which lost to Ithaca in their first meeting of the season, 4-0, on Sept. 4.
Antoine’s squad will look to remain unbeaten on Monday but will be tested by STAC rival Vestal (7-3). That game is set for 7 p.m. at Moresco Stadium; in the teams’ first meeting, on Sept. 12 in Vestal, the Little Red escaped with a 1-0 victory on a goal by senior Andrew Araneo with 5:48 left in the first half.
Elmira Notre Dame 11, Waverly 1: On Wednesday night in Elmira, the host Crusaders scored in double figures for the fourth straight game to extend their overall record to 11-0.
Notre Dame, ranked third in the latest state Class C poll, has outscored its opponents by a whopping 106-3.
Mike Woglom and Rocco Coulibaly had three goals apiece, with Junior Coulibaly adding two goals. Aidan Sharma and Alec Cutler added a goal apiece; the final END goal was a Waverly own goal.
Waverly’s Callum Caplan stopped Notre Dame’s streak of seven straight shutouts by scoring on a penalty kick in the second half.
Trumansburg 2, Whitney Point 1: On Wednesday at Whitney Point, Danny Lapp and Max Westwater scored second-half goals to lift the Blue Raiders (8-2-2 overall, 7-2-1 IAC) past the Golden Eagles.
Lapp tied the game after converting a direct kick with 22:24 to play; Westwater’s winner came off a cross from Andrew Stewart with 8:53 remaining.
Bobby Stevens scored off an assist from Brady Harrington in the first half for Whitney Point (10-3). Jack English made four saves for T-burg, while Sean Kelly had nine for the Eagles.
Candor 2, Odessa-Montour 1: On Wednesday at Candor, Adams Nichols and Matt Laurenson each scored a goal in an IAC victory against Odessa-Montour. Nichols’ goal with 16 minutes remaining broke a 1-1 tie.
Collin Povoski scored the lone goal for O-M.
Spencer-Van Etten 3, Newfield 1: On Wednesday at Newfield, the Panthers got a goal and an assist from both Josh Barber and Justin Barber and defeated the host Trojans. Spencer King had the lone goal for Newfield.