Senior Stijn van Pel scored twice, and junior Kragh Delello had a goal and an assist as Oneonta High bounced back from its first Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys soccer loss since 2009 with a 5-1 victory at Seton Catholic Central on Monday.
Van Pel scored 20 goals last season in helping the Yellowjackets to a Section Four Class B title last season, but Delello’s production this season is somewhat surprising. He played on the junior varsity team last season.
“He’s scored in every game,” OHS coach Alex Brannan said of Delello. “He’s coming off the bench. When he comes off the bench, he does a good job. He’s in the right spot and knows where the goal is. He’s one of the reasons the JVs did so well last year. He’s pushing my starters for a position.”
Delello set up senior Cael McCabe’s first varsity goal _ and that came with 2 ½ minutes left in the first half and gave the Yellowjackets a 1-0 lead. Delello played a ball to the far post and McCabe finished it.
“We had a lot of chances (before McCabe’s goal),” Brannan said. “Their goalie (Connor Ligeikis) played well. He made a lot of saves, so to get a goal before halftime was big and we came out pretty strong in the second half.”
Van Pel then scored twice in the first 16 minutes of the second half. Alex Fox set up the first four minutes into the second half.
“He was about 8 yards out and roofed it,” Brannan said.
With 24 minutes left, van Pel made it 3-0.
Paul Bischoff also scored for the Yellowjackets, who received two assists from Zach Joseph.
Brannan added he was pleased with the way his squad responded to a 4-2 loss to Johnson City on Friday. That marked OHS’ first STAC loss since a 2-1 setback to Owego on Sept. 11, 2009 _ a span of 37 straight league wins.
“It was good to come back with a win,” he said. “We made a couple of mistakes in the JC game and I think they understand. Seton’s been in most of its games. To beat them, 5-1, is impressive, so I was surprised by the score.”
Oneonta (5-1, 5-1) plays host to Owego on Wednesday and then travels to Susquehanna Valley on Friday in a rematch of last year’s sectional final that the Yellowjackets won, 3-2, in overtime. Van Pel scored the winner in that game.
Cooperstown 4, Mohawk 1
Michael Rowley and Liam Heneghan scored a minute apart in the first half, with each setting up the other, as visiting Cooperstown won a non-league game.
Heneghan sent a pass from the right side to the far post that Rowley finished from close range 12 minutes into play. Rowley returned the favor with a pass to the back post that Heneghan put away a minute later.
“After that, we did a lot of substituting,” Cooperstown coach Frank Miosek said. “We were pretty sore from the South Kortright game (a 3-2 overtime victory Saturday in a first-round game of the Chic Walshe Tournament at Davenport). Everyone played 30-40 minutes.”
Rowley, The Daily Star’s Player of the Year in 2011, finished with two goals and one assist. Isaac Gomez also scored for the Redskins (5-1), who held a 25-7 advantage in shots.
Cooperstown travels to Clinton on Friday, when it will try to avenge its lone loss this season _ a 3-2 setback. The following day, Cooperstown will play Davenport in the final of the Chic Walshe Tournament.
Unatego 2, Walton 0
Phil Youngs scored two first-half goals to lead Unatego to a Midstate Athletic Conference win on the road.
Youngs received a throughball from Troy White down the right side before beating Walton goalie Dylan Walley on a breakaway 10 minutes into play.
Twenty minutes later, Youngs beat three defenders before scoring.
Walley had 14 saves for Walton (4-5, 3-4), which hosts Greene on Friday.
B-G 3, UV 0
Morgan Bullis stuffed the stat sheet with six kills, four assists, four blocks and two aces to lead host Bainbridge-Guilford to a 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
Alissa Rivera contributed six aces and four kills, and Cassie Safford had two aces.
“Her serves are so powerful,” B-G coach Pam Tompkins said of Safford. “She probably had six serves girls couldn’t return but because they touched them they’re not aces.”
Shannon McIntyre led Unadilla Valley with 11 aces and four assists. Teammate Haley Benson contributed five kills.
UV (3-2) hosts Delhi today. B-G (5-1) travels to unbeaten Harpursville today.
at Stamford GC
Mike Grant, Ben Standhart, Hunter Perry and Cole Fancher combined to shoot par on the par-35 Stamford Golf Club to lead Gilboa to victory in a three-team scramble.
Stamford’s Kyle Dunning combined with three Gilboa golfers _ Phil Burger, Nick Vogiatzis and Mike Smith to finish second at 40.
Stamford hosts Davenport on Friday.