The state- and nationally ranked Ithaca boys’ soccer team celebrated Senior Night the way it’s celebrated most of its previous 12 games this season: with a resounding victory.
The first of senior forward Tristan Cornell-Roberts’ three goals opened the scoring in the 25th minute and helped the unbeaten Little Red to a 7-0 defeat of Binghamton in Southern Tier Athletic Conference play on Wednesday at Moresco Stadium.
Cornell-Roberts, who also dished out an assist, registered his second hat trick in three days to bring his team-leading goals total to 20. The co-captain scored a natural hat trick on Monday night in Ithaca’s 7-0 rout of STAC rival Vestal.
Junior Phyo Htet added a goal Wednesday and is second on the team with 13 markers. Senior co-captain Pierre Clavel added two goals and an assist, while senior Jared Brooks and junior Jacob Cummings also scored for the winners. Senior goalies Parker Hay and Aidan Evans split time in goal for the Little Red, with neither being called on to make a save.
Ithaca outshot the Patriots, 28-1, and had a 6-0 edge in corners.
Other seniors on this year’s squad include co-captains Mason Wolff and Andrew Araneo, Rory Simpson, Sohrab Memarzadeh, Eric Denbow, Jay Reynolds, Gabe Miller, Michael Sloan and Ali Mohammadi.
Ithaca (13-0) has scored 70 goals on the season while allowing two. The Little Red, ranked first in the state among Class AA schools and 20th in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, will travel to Corning on Friday.
Dryden 3, Whitney Point 3: Whitney Point’s Brady Harrington and Dryden’s Padraic Iannello scored two goals apiece in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference tie at Whitney Point.
Harrington’s first goal came off an assist from Josh Dean, who finished with three helpers.
Odessa-Montour 5, Spencer-Van Etten 0: On Wednesday at S-VE, April Dunn scored two goals as the Indians clinched the IAC South Small School championship with a 5-0 victory at Spencer-Van Etten.
Alexis Saunders added a goal and an assist for the Indians. Sage Garrison also scored a goal for O-M, which led 3-0 at the intermission.
Odessa-Montour (10-4) earned a berth in the overall IAC Small School championship game. O-M will play the North Division champion at noon Saturday, Oct. 17, at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden.
Elmira Notre Dame 2, Newark Valley 0: At Notre Dame, Laurel Vargas scored for the division champion Crusaders in their IAC victory against Newark Valley.
Vargas’ goal came off an assist from Emma Booth. The Crusaders (12-0) also scored on a Newark Valley own goal in taking a 1-0 halftime lead. Notre Dame had an 18-3 edge in shots and has still allowed just one goal this season.
Notre Dame had clinched its fourth straight IAC South Large School title when Newark Valley lost to Waverly on Monday. The Crusaders will play either Dryden or Lansing in the overall IAC Large School final at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at TC3. Lansing and Dryden play Monday; a Dryden win would force a tie-breaker to decide the division.
Dryden 10, Whitney Point 1: On Wednesday in Whitney Point, all-state senior Taylor Bennett tallied six goals as Dryden cruised to an IAC victory.
Katie Keegan (assist) and Tiffany Burgos had their first varsity goals, while Grace DePaull and Keri Daley also scored for Dryden (9-2-1, 9-1-1 IAc), which outshot the Golden Eagles, 17-8, and took all six of the game’s corner kicks.
Sarah Westcott (6 saves) and Bennett (0 saves) split time in goal for Dryden, while Mackenzie Cafferty (5) and Mikaella McCrone (2) did the same for Whitney Point (2-11).
Groton 4, Newfield 0: On Wednesday at Newfield, Sidney Reeves, Lauren Reeves and Brooke Brecht had goals and Paige Graham made two saves as the Indians blanked the host Trojans. Groton’s fourth goal was a Newfield own goal.
Candor 7, Tioga 1: Senior Mikayla Short scored five goals and had two assists as host Candor cruised to victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game. Angela Martone and Taylor Horton contributed a goal apiece.
Tioga matched Candor’s 18 shots, but Indians keepers Katie Slocum and Searra Allen combined to make 10 saves.