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soccerv7i38 jakedrydenFollowing consecutive victories over perennial rivals Marathon and Trumansburg, the Lasing boys' soccer team completed their rival sweep by dominating their arch rivals, the Purple Lions of Dryden, 9-0 last Friday at Dryden's Memorial Sports Complex. The impressive win moves the young team to a 7-0 record on the season, and marks their 3rd consecutive victory over higher ranked teams in the New York State Sportswriters Association polls. Ranked 13th in Class B in New York State, the Purple Lions were no match for the 13th ranked, Class C Bobcats on this rainy day in Dryden. Following the 3 victories, the Bobcats moved up 8 places, to 5th in the latest Class C NYSSWA rankings.

The game opened slowly as both teams sought secure footing in the muddy and wet field conditions, but senior tri-captain Sean Streb started the scoring with a beautiful left footed shot from just outside Dryden's 18 yard box at about the 10 minute mark. Moments later, Streb struck pay dirt again, redirecting a hard corner from senior Andrew Barber, putting the Bobcats up 2-0. From here, Lansing exerted control over the game, dominating possession and flow and tacking on another 2 goals before the break. Junior Ethan Kutler continued to lead the Bobcat offense by notching the third goal of the game, and junior Nathaniel McIntosh beat the Dryden keeper for the first of his 2 goals on the day to end the half at 4-0, Bobcats.

soccerv7i38 SchusterDrydenSenior Taylor Schuster defends the Lansing goal while defender Timmy Arleo and keeper Benji Parkes look on. Pictured above: Lansing defender and sophomore, Jacob Palladino looks to serve a ball to the Bobcat offense in last week’s 9-0 drubbing of Dryden.

Shortly after the restart, a Dryden defender was called for a handball in the box, resulting in a penalty that Kutler finished for his 2nd goal of the game, and team leading 12th of the season, and giving the Bobcats a 5-0 advantage. The game safely in hand, Coach Adam Heck was the able to rest some players and provide playing time for the younger members of the squad in the second half. Sophomore Benji Geisler scored on the second penalty awarded and on a beautiful side volley to give him 10 tallies for the season, McIntosh scored his 2nd of the day with a nice breakaway goal, and sophomore midfielder Andy Parkes notched his first career varsity goal from distance to produce the 9-0 final.

Coach Adam Heck was pleased with the boys focus for the big game; "The boys came with a business mentality, with the rivalry in mind, and brought it to them for the first 40 minute to really take control of the game". As Lansing prepares for a stretch of 6 games in a short time period Coach Heck is looking forward to getting the team healthy and continuing with their fine play, "We have to get the boys healthy before facing Groton and going to the tournament in Greene...these boys don't complain about anything, they just want to play, and to keep on winning".

soccerv7i38 KutlerDryden3Tri-captain and sophomore midfield Ethan Kutler looks to move the ball through the Dryden defense to create a scoring chance in the Lansing’s defeat of Dryden.

For the game, Lansing outshot Dryden 26-1, and possessed a 6 to 0 advantage in corner kicks. Lansing keeper Benji Parkes only had to make 1 save on the day, as the Lansing defense once again prevented the Purple Lions from mounting any serious attacks on goal. The Lansing boys' soccer team returns to the pitch this evening versus Whitney Point at Greene High School with a 7:00 p.m. tilt, and will play again Saturday night in the 2nd round of the Greene Tournament.

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