September 14, 2010


Purple Tigers get job done

It wasn’t spectacular, but it was a win.
“We just got the job done,” Cortland High field hockey coach Jamie Brown said of her team’s 1-0 OHSL Division II West win over visiting Weedsport Monday. “It wasn’t our sharpest performance, but we did what we had to do to win.”
The first half, which included an hour delay for lightning and rain with 13 minutes left, was scoreless, and it wasn’t until 9:21 remained in the game that the Purple Tigers scored. A pair of junior midfielders combined on the play, Kristy Litzenberger deflecting the ball past Warrior goalie Gabby Barrigar after Julia Porter had sent it toward the cage after an interception.
“Kristy wasn’t in the game very long, but she took advantage of the opportunity,” Brown said, her team now 3-0 in the league and overall. “She gave us a nice spark off the bench. Julia and (junior left wing) Sarah Hartnett had their usual steady games, combining on a lot of nice sequences, and Maggie (Brown ) played well in goal.
CHS’s junior netminder had eight saves, two fewer than Barrigar, for her second shutout in three games this fall. The Warriors fell to 1-1 league and 1-3 overall.
So far this fall the Purple Tigers have scored nine goals and allowed just one. “We’re doing a nice job defensively, and the nine goals are spread out (among six players),” Jamie Brown said. “Everyone is capable of scoring, which makes us stronger in the long run.”
Cortland visits Homer at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for the teams’ annual Play For The Cure game, with proceeds befitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
CORTLAND JVs played to a 0-0 tie with Weedsport in a game that was shortened to just 20 minutes due to the delay in the varsity contest.
“The team is coming together nicely,” CHS coach Maureen White said, her squad now 0-1-1. “We only have two players back from last year, so we are a very young team. Lydia Polley and Taylor Thomas are our returning players and both played very well trying to get our offense going. Eighth-grader Erin Brown also added to our offensive push. Morgan Larkin and Lyndsey Cunningham played well on defense.”
Mikaylea Cerio had two saves and Gabby Hollfelder one for Cortland, while Weedsport’s goalie wasn’t called on to stop any shots.
The Cortland JVs will also visit Homer Wednesday in a Play For The Cure game, slated to begin at 5 p.m.


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