Granville sports round-up, Sept. 23, 2021

Granville sports round-up, Sept. 23, 2021
Granville's Connor Farrell (#2) navigates the ball around two Hartford defenders. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Horde tops Hartford in soccer

By Keith Harrington

When a coach is trying to rebuild a program, certain wins along the way are monumental. Granville boys soccer coach Jay Condon got one of those wins Friday night.

The Golden Horde rallied from a 2-0 deficit to upend Hartford, 3-2, in an Adirondack League match, spoiling the Tanagers’ annual “Lights Game.”

“The first-time beating Hartford so this is big,” an excited Condon said after the match. “I believe depending on goal differential we may be in second place in the East.”

The game nearly became a battle of attrition. Neither team has a deep bench and the warm conditions caused multiple players to experience cramping.

“The humidity played a huge role,” Condon said. “I know they had a couple of guys out. And we’re just not a deep team. So the humidity did play a role tonight.”

It certainly didn’t look good early for Condon’s team as Hartford jumped out to a 2-0 advantage. Ray Harrington gave Granville a 1-0 deficit with a score off an assist from Cody Baker at the 27:37 mark. Nate Fiske made it 2-0 Tanagers with an unassisted goal with 12:48 left in the half.

Condon liked the way his team regrouped after falling behind.

“If you notice after the second goal we went right back to our game,” Condon said. “We started passing the ball. We went backwards with the ball. We’re starting to feel confident in our game.”  

The momentum may have shifted late in the half. Sam O’Leary lifted a floater over the head of Hartford goalie Austin Wells to cut the Golden Horde deficit to 2-1 at the break. Matthew Vladyka picked up the assist.

Both teams had great chances in the second half, but it was the Golden Horde who cashed in. Connor Farrell tied the game with 31:54 remaining after his shot bounced off a Tanagers defender and into the net to make it 2-2.

Farrell got the game-winner with a low, hard blast from a few yards outside the 18 that beat Wells.

Caden Powers in goal, along with the Granville defense, made the advantage hold up. Powers had several key saves on the night. He finished with nine stops.

Wells recorded six saves for Hartford.

“We tell the boys, have fun, have great effort and play fearlessly and we did that tonight,” Condon said. Anytime you can win against a rival it builds momentum. This could be fun moving forward.”

Granville is now 1-2, 1-2. Hartford drops to 1-2, 1-2

Earlier in the week, Granville went toe to toe with one of the league’s powerhouses, coming up just short against Fort Ann, 2-0. It was the first contest other than football or track and field ever played on Sam Eppolito Field.

Callon Sutliff gave Fort Ann a 1-0 lead at the 4:53 mark of the first half.

The Golden Horde stayed close to the Cardinals all afternoon. Fort Ann eventually put the game away on a William Anderson tally with 8:33 remaining.

Dylan Brown earned the shutout in goal with one save. Powers had 14 saves for Granville.

“The team is improving and moving in the right direction,” Condon said. “I was happy with our defending in the second half. The ball movement was good. I would like to see us exploit the space a bit more though.”

Horde football set for first game

By Austin Crosier

Not having the state minimum of 16 players in consecutive weeks for its scrimmage against Corinth and game against Chatham due to COVID-19, Granville varsity football could not field a team, forcing the first two appearances of the season to be canceled.

On Sept. 18, Berne-Knox Westerlo was unable to field a team against the Golden Horde for the same reason, marking a third straight cancellation despite Granville being back at practice all last week.

“This was due to a large number of our players under quarantine,” said Granville athletic director Justin Nassivera.

“As of right now, games will not be rescheduled. The Section II football schedule will continue on the rest of the season and does not have a lot of room for make-ups.”

As a result, Granville is 1-1 on the season standings.

The football team is scheduled to host Warrensburg this Saturday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.

Horde rolls on in field hockey

By Keith Harrington

Katie McEachron and Raegan Swain combined on a pair of second half goals as Granville came from behind for a 2-1 Adirondack-Wasaren League field hockey win over Salem-Cambridge.

“We’ve always played three sports together so that’s why we play well together,” McEachron said about the chemistry between her and Swain, which makes the duo among the best combination players in the area.

McEachron nearly missed her senior year of field hockey after a hand injury during summer softball. She plays with the hand heavily protected, but McEachon doesn’t seem to miss a beat.

Salem-Cambridge controlled possession for most of the first half and it paid off. Lexy Cary converted a pass from Mary Kate McPhee with 11:35 to go in the second quarter to give her team a 1-0 advantage.

The deficit seemed to light a spark under the Golden Horde. Granville came out and dominated the final 30 minutes. Salem-Cambridge goalie Brailyn Wright was under heavy fire the entire second and did everything but stand on her head to keep the team’s lead.

McEachron credited the Golden Horde coaching staff with turning the team’s performance around.

“I think our coaches just got us going in the second half. We just knew that we had to score,” McEachron said. “Our intensity was a lot better.”

Granville drew even with 12:55 to go in the third quarter when McEachron scored off an assist from Swain.

After multiple close chances the Golden Horde finally got the game-winner with 9:55 remaining when McEachron and Swain hooked up again.

McEachron almost didn’t get to have a senior field hockey season after a hand injury during summer softball. She was able to come back sooner than expected which has been a boost to the Golden Horde.

“It’s interesting. We are wrapping pretty good so it’s actually staying okay,” McEachron said. “It’s all about the mental not the physical.”

Goalie Megan Decker and the Granville defense made the lead hold up despite late pressure from Salem-Cambridge.

Granville outshot Salem-Cambridge 21-9.

Decker had seven saves for Granville. Wright had 20 saves for Salem-Cambridge.

On Friday Granville won its third game in a row, shutting out Greenwich 2-0 on the road in Adirondack-Wasaren League action.

McEachron and Swain picked up right where they left off. McEachron gave Granville a 1-0 lead at the 12:24 mark of the first half.  Swain assisted.

Ashley Pratt converted a McEachron pass to give Granville the 2-0 lead with 7:04 to go in the second half.

Megan Decker recorded the shutout on goal with two saves. Maddie Curley had two stops for the Witches.

Granville raised its mark to 3-1, 4-1 with the win. Greenwich dropped to 1-2, 1-2.

Horde comeback falls short

By Keith Harrington

The Bolton-Warrensburg girls soccer team has been a league power ever since joining the Adirondack League and has advanced to the state semifinals a couple of times. This year’s team also has high expectations, but the upstart Granville girls gave them all they wanted last Tuesday, coming back from a large deficit before falling 6-3 on the Golden Horde home pitch.

Bolton-Warrensburg led 5-0 at the half, but the Golden Horde continued to battle, scoring three second half goals.

Kara Bacon and Gabby Mowery led the Eagles, each recording a hat trick.

Hannah Ingleston, Madeline Johnson and Laura Arnhold all scored for Granville.

Hope Sherman and Ellie York combined for three saves in goal for Bolton-Warrensburg.

Bolton-Warrensburg was 4-0 after the win. Granville fell to 1-2.

Horde golfers stay unbeaten

By Keith Harrington

The Granville golf team stayed unbeaten but they had to battle for it as they slipped past Fort Ann-Hartford in a tight 3-2 match played at Hartford Greens. It was the only outing of the week for the Golden Horde.

 Mason Forbes of Fort Ann-Hartford defeated Andrew Rathbun 1 up in a match between two of the league’s strongest golfers at the number one spot.

Logan Harrington, Nathan Williams and Ethan Martelle picked up match wins for the Golden Horde.

Harrington defeated Joe Happy, 4-2, and Nathan Williams got past Charlie Walker, 2 up.

Ben Cusson also had a match win for Fort Ann-Hartford.

This match came down to the number four spot where Martelle edged Fort Ann-Hartford’s Luke LaRose 1 up. Martelle was in danger of falling to LaRose but rallied to earn the victory for himself and the Golden Horde.

“Ethan was down one with two holes to play and came back to win,” said Granville coach Justin Nassivera. “Which ultimately was the deciding factor in the match.”

Forbes earned medalist honors by firing a 43.

Granville is 4-0. Fort Ann-Hartford is 1-3.

Horde wins first in volleyball

By Keith Harrington

Granville picked up its first volleyball win of the season on their home court on Wednesday as they slipped past Hadley-Luzerne 3-1. Set scores were 25-14, 25-20, 16-25 and 27-25.

The Golden Horde won the first two sets before the Eagles won the third set to keep their chances alive. Granville then closed out the match with a close fourth-set win.

Sierra Braymer led the Golden Horde with 14 service points and four aces. Kaelyn Dekalb had 11 service points, six aces, two digs and an assist. Mara Haskins added seven service points, one ace and one dig. Lilly Strout had five service points, one block and one kill.

Fort Hadley-Luzerne Riley Daniels had 12 service points and nine assists. Lindsey Grey added 10 service points, three aces and two blocks. Jordanna Kenny had 10 kills, six service points, five assists and three blocks.

Granville is 1-2, 1-2. Hadley-Luzerne is 0-2, 0-2.

Earlier in the week the Golden Horde traveled to Warrensburg and suffered a 3-0 loss. Set scores were 25-16, 29-27 and 25-12.

Natalie Bederian had an outstanding match for the Burghers with 21 assists, two kills, five service points and seven aces. Ivy Marker added four kills and seven service points. Savannah Kollmann had threekills, six service points and four aces. Desirae Prosser contributed nine service points and four aces.

 Strout had a strong match by providing the Golden Horde with five service points, two kills, one block and one ace. Vivian Green had one block and eight service points. Haskins added one dig and one service point. Sydney Liebig had two service points.

Warrensburg moved to 2-1, 2-1.