September 10, 2010
CHS gets jump on Panthers
A comfortable lead led to the only negative in the Cortland High field hockey team’s 3-1 win over visiting Port Byron Thursday afternoon.
The Purple Tigers scored 5:46 into the game and were up 3-0 before the Panthers finally broke through with 14:11 left in the contest.
“It was nice to jump out early, but I almost think we got a little too comfortable and didn’t play as hard. The stats ended up being fairly even, but it was nice to be on the right side of the score like we were,” said CHS coach Jamie Brown.
“Julia Porter played one of her best games, and Sarah Hartnett helped make our offense click,” she added of her respective senior midfielder and junior forward. “Port Byron came after us the last four or five minutes, and Maggie (Brown, junior goalie) made some nice point-blank saves.”
Senior forward Kaitlyn Drach opened the scoring off an assist by Hartnett, who took the ball off the right post and sent it to Drach on the other side. Senior midfielder Carly Cunningham made it 2-0 at halftime when she blasted home a loose ball from the top of the circle with 7:06 remaining.
Drach got her second goal with 19:26 left in the game, tipping home a ball that Porter had lifted over prone Panther goalie Kellie Redmond on a penalty corner play. Brittany Marquez got Port Byron’s goal with 14:11 left off an assist from Cassie Grome.
Maggie Brown made 10 saves, as did the visitors’ Kellie Redmond. Cortland had a 17-14 shot advantage.
The Purple Tigers host Weedsport Monday and Homer Wednesday in the team’s second annual “Play for the Cure” game, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Both games start at 4:30 p.m.
CORTLAND JVs lost to Port Byron 4-0, with no further information reported.
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