September 12, 2008


Purple pounce quickly


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Alexis Keeney (7) of Cortland High leaps to take the ball away from an East Syracuse-Minoa player during a 3-0 victory Thursday that kept the Purple Tigers unbeaten.

A late-arriving opponent worked to the Cortland High girls’ soccer team’s advantage Thursday afternoon.
“We had some extra time during warm-ups because East Syracuse-Minoa arrived late,” Purple Tigers coach Abbey Albright said. “Our first two goals were exactly what we had practiced during the warm-up, getting a quick ball to the end line on the outside and for girls to attack the goal. It was great to see us get two quick scores like that.”
CHS scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the contest and added a second-half tally en route to a 3-0 victory to improve to 4-0 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 6-0 overall.
Goalkeeper Hannah Polanko-Baker made six saves as the winners had a 12-9 shot advantage, and has now allowed two goals and made 24 saves on the season. The defending sectional Class A champions have only allowed 49 shots so far this fall, and have scored 21 goals.
Casey Marks got the scoring started 4:54 into the contest, putting home a cross from the corner by Taylor Reynolds. The roles were reversed at 30:09, as Marks crossed the ball to Reynolds, who headed in her first varsity goal. Aubrey VanGorder closed out the scoring after beating two defenders on a run from around midfield.
“Tonight turned into a very physical game, which as a team we had discussed was most likely going to happen,” Albright said. “ES-M didn’t stop their intensity throughout the game. There were 16 fouls throughout the game, and ES-M had three direct kicks in our defending third. Once again, our defense did a tremendous job to secure our fourth shutout of the season.
“Casey did a great job at central midfield, playing smart both offensively and defensively. Our defensive backs — Emily VanGorder, Morgan VanGorder, Kelsey Faberzak, Kaylee Gebhardt and Kelly Knauerhase — were really supporting and communicating with one another.”
CORTLAND JVs won their fifth game in a row — all shutouts — by a score of 2-0 over East Syracuse-Minoa.
Rachel Prentice had both goals and keeper Amanda Shelley made nine saves, ES-M actually out-shooting its hosts 11-8. The Purple Tigers are now 5-1 and have allowed just one goal this season while scoring 10.
CHS coach Brian Rogers cited Amanda DeGraff and Haley Meldrim for their performances. “It was a physical game, and both teams played well,” he said. “Our defense really didn’t give ES-M any good looks at the goal the entire game.”
Both Cortland squads visit Jamesville-DeWitt Tuesday.