High School athletic programs go through ebbs and flows more than any other type of athletic program. There’s no recruiting — or at least, no formal recruiting — and there’s no draft or free-agent signings. You have what you have.
The South Seneca Falcons girls soccer team is without an incredibly talent group of athletes who graduated in the spring and have all gone on to either play soccer or basketball in college. So that they’d ebb a little is understandable.
The Falcons (3-3) won’t have the undefeated league season they’ve had the past few times around (for multiple reasons, including a change to the league) but they’re still a force.
Junior Jenna McDonald scored five goals in a 6-0 victory over Moravia Monday afternoon that she and co-captain Annabelle MacIntosh attributed to a game of solid passing — and it could be seen from the sidelines.
The defense was hit the hardest by graduation but has improved “tenfold” since the preseason, head coach Nicole Hayward said. Next week we’ll have a full feature about how that happened.
The Dryden boys soccer team (3-3-1, 2-0), meanwhile, has also showed what’s to come. Freshman Casey Phillips has continued to show he’s a forward to keep your eye on with another two goals in a 4-3 overtime victory over Whitney Point Monday afternoon in Dryden.
Felix Abel-Ferretti had the game-winner with 2:39 left to play in the first overtime and Ben Maza had his first varsity goal earlier in the contest.
And in Lansing the Class C state final four Bobcats (5-2, 2-0) are truly operating in team form. For Homecoming the Bobcats defeated Union Springs 11-0 with 11 different players scoring points.
Josh Zajac had one goal and four assists. Jacob Williamson had two goals and one assist and Taylor Overton had two goals in multi-point outings.
But this came after a 2-1 loss under the lights against Trumansburg Saturday night at T’burg. The game report made sure to note that it was the unranked Blue Raiders who took down then-No. 2 Lansing. (The Bobcats were ranked No. 16 in the new NYSSWA Class C poll out Monday.)
It’s revenge for last year’s IAC tiebreaker, though the result won’t count in standings this time as T’burg (6-1, 3-0) moved to the Small South from Large North.
Logan Bonn scored both T’burg goals, one of which was a penalty kick.
As well as keeping eyes on all of the above, take a glance to girls soccer when Lansing (5-0-1) hosts Groton (5-3) Thursday at 4:30 p.m. for a battle of top-tier IAC schools. The two engaged in a battle of unbeatens last year.
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