The Marathon Olympians defeated Southern Cayuga with a score of 2-1 to win their 15th IAC North Small School title in the last 16 seasons.
The Olympians had a great first half with Kaiden Cornell and Bryce Howe both scoring to make it a 2-0 game at the end of the half.
The Olympians held Southern Cayuga to one goal from Parker Cullen with a little over two minutes left in the game. With minimal time left in the game, Marathon was able to withstand Southern Cayuga’s last push and secure the win.
Marathon ended the game with a total of 14 shots and 2 saves from Trent Ensign; while Southern Cayuga had 9 shots and 9 saves from Brandon Vanacore.
The win was also the 440th win with the Olympians for Marathon Head Coach Chip Stewart, moving him into third place on the Section IV all-time win list. Vestal’s George Herrick has 469 wins, while South Kortright’s Bob Vanvalkenberg is the all-time leader with 471 wins.
“As far as the number goes, that is what it is – a number,” said Coach Stewart. “It means I’ve been around awhile and had a lot of successful teams, with this one being another one of those teams. Although it has been different playing soccer in the spring, this group of young men have overcome a lot of difficulties to achieve what they have and I could not be prouder of any group of young men that I have coached!”
Here is the breakdown of Thursday’s game:
The Olympians are now looking forward to playing in the IAC Overall Championship game against Trumansburg on Saturday, April 17th (time and location to be determined).