The Marathon Olympians boys varsity soccer team took on Groton yesterday, defeating them 7-0 for a successful senior night.
With Marathon being such a dominant team this season, they controlled the tempo in the midfield as soon as the game started. As within the first five minutes of the first half, Marathon senior forward Cameron Neilson scored the first goal of the game off an assist from fellow senior Nick Allen.
Marathon ended up creating many chances to score in the first half, as they ended the first 40 minutes with a total of 12 shots and eight corners.
The Olympians made sure to take advantage with all of them chances on goal. As they finished the first half with a 3-0 lead; after another goal from Neilson and then one from senior midfielder Diego Castellot.
“Overall we came in wanting to move the ball with speed,” said Marathon head coach Chip Stewart. “We are fast when we are most of the time. We did have a lack of focus, we were playing very direct instead of east-west and trying to find angles.
“We came out a little quiet at first, but once we started communicating with each other, we made sure to bring everything together,” said Marathon senior captain Jared O’Shea.
Coming into the second half, Marathon kept their uptempo playing style and scored another four goals to finish the game off with a 7-0 score.
The goals were scored by Castellot, sophomore Braeden Morrison, junior Trent O’Neil and an own goal by Groton.
Castellot ended the game with a total of two goals and one assists, while Neilson finished the game with a total of two goals and two assists.
“It’s been a great four years, five years for some of them,” O’Shea said. “We’ve all been growing up together since we were little, so it has definitely been a great experience.”
“We are going to miss the senior class,” coach Stewart added. “This senior class has been a part of five division championships, four IAC championships with hopefully a 5th coming up. We went to the State’s final four and won a regional championship. So these kids have had a lot of success on the soccer field. They’re leaving big shoes to fill.”
With this win, the Olympians remain undefeated with a 12-0-1 record.
Here is a photo gallery of yesterday’s senior night win (All photos were taken by Ross Cohen/Cortland Voice):