September 1, 2012
CHS clips Caz in opener
The Cortland High girls’ soccer team got somewhat mixed reviews from coach Brian Rogers after Friday’s 3-2 non-league win over visiting Cazenovia in its season-opener.
“It was a good win for the first game,” Rogers said. “We did some nice things offensively and created a lot of opportunities. We unfortunately kept letting Cazenovia back into the game. We will be able to build off of this and get better.”
Freshman Shea Swartout scored twice for the Purple Tigers in her varsity debut, while junior forward Kennedy Cook had the other goal and senior forward Rachel Prentice an assist. Senior goalkeeper Amanda Edwards was called on to make four saves, two in each half, to 13 for the visitors’ Jamie Enders as the winners had a 20-11 shot advantage.
Kennedy opened the scoring with an unassisted tally 5:12 into the contest, and Swartout made it 2-0 off a feed from Prentice at 27:55. The Lakers’ Audrey Burbidge made it 2-1 just 1:18 before halftime off an assist by Kristie Klein. Swartout gave Cortland a two-goal lead again on an unassisted goal with 18:14 left in the game before Klein closed out the scoring, assisted by Burbidge, with 11:08 left.
Rogers singled out Swartout, senior defender Amanda DeGraff and junior midfielder Liza Ferro for their performances.
The Purple Tigers open OHSL Freedom American Division play Tuesday when they host Syracuse West in a 7 p.m. start.
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