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兰辛男子足球队赢得IAC冠军



The 兰辛 boys soccer team celebrates after winning the IAC Large School Championship on October 14 at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Rowan Fox scored the lone goal of the game in overtime as the Bobcats defeated Trumansburg 1-0. 摄影:Jim Organ

The 兰辛 boys soccer team is back to its championship-winning ways.

10月14日, the Bobcats took home the IAC Large School Championship for the first time since 2021, defeating Trumansburg 1-0 in overtime at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). The victory served as redemption after falling in last year’s title game to Spencer-Van Etten/Candor 2-1.

为了获得冠军本身, 山猫队必须在IAC北区赛区夺冠, 他们以戏剧性的方式做到了这一点. 10月6日,兰辛欢迎德莱顿来到索布斯球场, where anything but a win would hand the divisional crown to the Lions. A hard-fought but scoreless battle would carry over into overtime, where Yarden Eynav netted the golden goal to send the Bobcats to TC3.

“It just was a very gritty performance from us,” said second-year head coach Jake Fusilli. “上赛季结束后,我们聊了聊, making it back to the IAC Championship was probably the biggest goal of theirs and to hopefully win it this year. 去年我们输了,队员们都很饿, 他们知道我们必须取得一场胜利. 这不是我们踢过的最漂亮的足球, 但他们在加上加时赛的80分钟里非常努力. 最后我们偷偷带了一个进去,完成了任务.”

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The championship against Trumansburg played out almost identically to their duel with 德莱顿. The match was also goalless after regulation, which meant another extra period was on the cards. 这一次, 是罗文·福克斯展现了英雄气概, 打入本赛季全队最好的第13球. Fox has impressed Fusilli in his first year at the varsity level.

“他对我们来说是一个危险的目标,”富西利说. “He comes off the bench and he just brings this electricity when it comes down to the field and some energy that we need. He’s been playing very well up top and he’s learning the style of play I want up top. 他在那里表演,所以一切都很顺利.”

另一个重要的表现来自守门员博德·彼得里奇. The senior made multiple key saves to keep the Bobcats in the game and ultimately force overtime. 他最令人印象深刻的扑救来得很早, as he pushed a deflected free kick from Trumansburg’s Jackson Mulford onto the post. It was a stunning save that will surely go straight onto his highlight reel.

“一切都从我们的门将博德开始,”富西利说. “他是我们的队长之一, 他是一个非常健谈的球员和守门员, 我想从我的门将那里得到什么. It just builds up from him with that communication through our defense and our defense communicating that up through our midfield and then to our strikers, 所以一切都从守门员开始.”

Fusilli also praised the defense for their outstanding work this season, recording eight shutouts.

“他们是一群非常坚强的人,”Fusilli说. “如果有球队想在我们身上得分, 这是我们的错误, us not clearing the ball correctly or anything of those sorts. 他们今年的货很好. 他们在化学方面配合得很好. And they just really give it their all for all 80 minutes, and that’s all I can ask for.”

Some might not have expected 兰辛 to even top their division after losing eight starters from last season’s team. With a combination of newcomers to the varsity level (like Fox) and returners stepping into bigger roles (like midfielder William Stallone), the Bobcats are still a force to be reckoned with in the area.

“这绝对是一个全新的团队, but that group has been playing together for most of their lives since they were little,Fusilli说. “Adding in the few odds and ends in who haven’t been a part of that just took a little bit, but the overall chemistry and technical ability from them has been there. 我想他们知道去年失去了8名先发球员, a lot of people were gonna look down on us more this year saying we’re pretty young and not expecting us to be back in the championship game, so I think it says a lot about them to really fight and work hard this season to push themselves to be back in the spot.”

IAC的冠军又回到了他们的手中, 兰辛’s focus quickly shifts to the Section IV Class B tournament, where they will hope to make a deeper run than last season’s quarterfinal exit. The fifth-seed Bobcats begin sectional play at fourth-seeded Oneonta on October 20.

One other team from Tompkins 县 won an IAC title at TC3. 就在兰辛和杜鲁门堡男子足球比赛之后, both schools’ girls soccer teams squared off for the Large School championship. The Blue Raiders prevailed 2-0 thanks to goals from Allison Denmark and Amara Landon. 两个进球都来自下半场的角球, with Denmark scoring directly from one to break the deadlock, while Landon headed in Denmark’s delivery three minutes later.

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