Andes boys advance in Stamford Mayor's Cup Tournament
Soccer teams for several local schools took part in Stamford’s annual Mayor’s Cup tournament. Weekend games included second-round action including the semi-final round.
Andes 5, Jefferson 1
Andes turned in a solid offensive performance downing Jefferson, 5-1 Saturday. The Mountaineers blasted 33 shots on goal in chalking up the victory.
After failing to convert several promising chances through most of the opening half, Andes finally found the nets with 8:43 remaining. Eddie MacKay chipped a pass from center midfield to Peter Fabrykiewicz who drove the ball down the right wing and grounded a shot past the goalie into the right corner of the nets. Five minutes later, Fabrykiewicz chipped a pass one stride beyond the defense catching Corey Barrett streaking from behind. Barrent raced past the defender, carried the ball several dribbles and touched a soft shot to the right and into the goal.
Ethan Berghammer threaded a pass splitting two defenders and hitting Justin Weaver who powered a shot for a goal. Berghammer and MacKay each added goals later in the game for the Mountaineers.
Tyler Dibble registered the JayHawks’ lone goal late in the game lifting a high shot from the right wing that sailed above the reach of Andes goalie, Josh Bonifacic.
On the down side, the Mountaineers lost senior Justin Weaver. Weaver suffered a late game shoulder injury.
SK 5, Roxbury 1
With five Rams scoring, South Kortright advanced to the finals besting Roxbury, 5-1 Saturday. SK will contend for the Mayor’s Cup against Laurens at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
SK got going early in the semi-final match-up with their Delaware League rival. Joe Kaufman opened the scoring only 1:22 into the game. Six minutes later, Damion Gardner found Josh Palmatier for a score increasing the lead to 2-0. That score stood through the half.
Gardner, Kyle Hotaling and Eric Burns all struck gold in the second half. Nate Liddle scored the lone RCS goal.
SK 2, Andes 1 (overtime)
Less than four minutes into Saturday’s second round game, the Andes girls’ soccer team got a jolt. When seventh grader Mariah Ruff scored her second career varsity goal, the Lady Mountaineers took a one-goal lead over South Kortright.
The young Mountaineers tried to make their one-goal advantage stand. Andes goalie Tyler Fairbairn and a determined band of defenders held off SK through the opening half. Tension built as each minute passed in the second half and the Rams had still not scored. South Kortright finally answered when Renee Craft used a direct kick to find the nets with 19:42 left to play.
Another stopped ball situation was the difference for the Rams. This time, Tullulah Guadagnino slammed a direct kick home for the game-winning score in overtime.
Mayor’s Cup girls’ results
Katie Bedford scored two times lifting Jefferson past Roxbury in Mayor’s Cup action on Saturday. Roxbury, who had bested Andes 4-0 for their first victory of the season, could not get an offense going in second round action in Stamford.
Bedford scored one time in each half for the JayHawks. Goalie Tarah DiBenedetto turned in a strong performance patrolling the nets for Roxbury.