Panthers rally to beat Canajoharie
FONDA — Playing its first game of the season, the Canajoharie boys soccer team got off to a quick start against Mayfield on Friday.
The Cougars scored the game’s opening goal and controlled the action early before the Panthers rallied to post a 3-1 Western Athletic Conference victory at Fonda-Fultonville’s Boshart Field.
“Canajoharie was far more aggressive in the first half than we were,” Mayfield coach Jon Caraco said. “In the second half, we did a better job of responding to their aggressiveness. Dawson Leach did a nice job for us controlling the midfield.”
Kenny Dennis and Britain Goodemote each had a goal and an assist for Mayfield, while Neil Wicklund also scored.
Cody Haig scored the lone goal for Canajoharie on an assist from Will Douglass.
“We’re still trying to figure out our chemistry,” Canajoharie coach Kevin Stuttle said. “It’s hard to find chemistry though when you haven’t played a game. We did a good job when we moved the ball. It’s just a matter of time before it comes together.”
Both squads have been dealing with quarantine issues.
While the Cougars were playing their first game of the season, Mayfield was playing for the first time since a season-opening 0-0 draw with Fonda-Fultonville on March 23.
“This was the largest group of players I’ve had since spring break started,” Caraco said.
Haig opened the scoring just eight minutes into the game on an assist from Douglass to give the Cougars an early 1-0 lead.
“We came out playing well,” Stuttle said. “We got a little flat at the end of the first half and early in the second half. Overall, I’m happy with our effort today.”
Mayfield evened things up in the 10th minute of the first half when Dennis scored on an assist from Goodemote.
The score remained knotted at 1-1 into the half.
After the break, Mayfield started quickly scoring twice in the first eight minutes of the second half.
“We responded well to what we talked about at halftime,” Caraco said. “The first two goals of the second half came from things that we talked about at halftime.”
Goodemote opened the second-half scoring on an assist from Dennis to give the Panthers their first lead at 2-1 less than three minutes into the half.
Wickund gave Mayfield a 3-1 lead in the 48th minute with an unassisted goal.
From there, the Panthers were able to hold off a late charge by the Cougars to post their first win of the season.
“We had good opportunities on corners but Mayfield’s defense held strong,” Stuttle said. “Near the end of the second half, we put some good pressure on but couldn’t find many openings to strike.”
Aiden Martuscello made three saves for Mayfield, while Andrew Meka made four stops for Canajoharie.
“Mayfield is always a good squad,” Stuttle said.
Friday’s contest was the first of a scheduled stretch of three games in four days for both teams.
Canajoharie (0-1 overall, 0-1 WAC) is scheduled to face Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville on Sunday at Fonda-Fultonville at 9 a.m. before hosting Fort Plain on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Mayfield (1-0-1 overall, 1-0-1 WAC) is slated to face Northville on Sunday at Fonda-Fultonville at 1 p.m. before hosting Fonda-Fultonville on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Mekeel Christian Academy 11, BKW/Duanesburg 2
COLONIE — Len’s Lima finished with four goals to lead Mekeel Christian Academy to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Duanesburg at Afrim’s Sports Park.
Eli Lilienthal had three goals and an assist for the Lions, while Luke Kniese scored twice. Levi Armao and Owen Dussault also scored for Mekeerl Christian (3-2 overall, 3-2 WAC).
Stavros Lefkaditis and Zack Schwenk scored for Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Duanesburg.