Yesterday afternoon, the Marathon girls soccer team suffered a tough 3-1 loss against the #3 seed and Section III champions, Poland in the Central Region Class D championship game.
At the start of the game, the Lady Olympians seemed to be struggling with them getting pushed back into their own half of the field.
The Olympians were relying on quick counters, but were not able to get clear chances on goal.
By the end of the first half, Marathon were down 2-0.
However, the Lady Olympians were able to turn on their second gear coming into the second half. Their passes were connecting and they then began to have clear chances on goal.
Then Marathon sophomore Brooke Tillotson scored a fantastic goal, placing the ball over Poland's goalkeeper Emily Schrader's head to make it 2-1 and put them back in the game with 35 minutes left in the game.
"When we got here, I didn't feel the confidence that we have been having for the past couple of games," said Marathon head coach Elizabeth Duncan. "I don't know if it was because they knew who their opponent was. But I said in the second half, 'if you don't think that you are in this game, then you are just not in this game, so you have to play with confidence like you are still in this game.' We then took advantage of some of their weaknesses and we made some changes in the midfield in the second half to give our forwards more opportunities. I told them to test the keeper at any point and that's exactly what Brooke Tillotson did."
The Olympians kept attacking Poland's defense throughout the game, but Poland then came out strong with less than 10-minutes left and scored to give them a comfortable 3-1 lead to finish off the game.
"I'm so proud of these girls, I told them that they should be absolutely proud of themselves" stated coach Duncan. "But here we are, and we played well. Poland with every team they have played against, they've crushed, but I don't think that they crushed us! At one point, I think this could have definitely been a 1-1 game if we just didn't make those two mistakes and stepped into the ball in the first half. Sometimes we just get caught watching and that's what happens."
Here are some photos of yesterday's game (All photos provided by Ross Cohen/Cortland Voice):