September 16, 2008


Purple sticks in control

The Cortland High field hockey team scored the first two goals of the game and hung on Monday for a 2-1 non-league win over visiting Oneida.
Melanie delRosario opened the scoring for the Purple Tigers (4-1 overall), slamming home a rebound from the top of the circle 12:53 before halftime.
Megan Turco made it 2-0 with 18:50 left in the game when she tipped home a free hit by Andrea Turcsik from close range on the left-wing post.
The Indians halved the deficit with 6:20 left on another free-hit play, Cassie Myers tipping the ball home off a feed from Megan Chase. Cortland goalie Maggie Brown came up big late, making a slide tackle on a breakaway some 12 yards out on the left-wing side to prevent a shot and protect the lead.
Brown made five saves to nine for Oneida’s Taylor Youngkrans as the hosts took 17 shots to the Indians’ seven.
“We came out strong in the first half, controlled play and dominated,” Purple Tigers coach Jamie Brown said. “Oneida came back to life in the second half, but we still had some opportunities.”
Cortland was to visit Port Byron this afternoon in a battle for sole possession of second place in the OHSL. CHS was 3-1 in the league going in, a half-game behind Port Byron at 4-1.
CORTLAND JVs lost to Oneida 1-0, the lone goal coming off the stick of the Indians’ Morgan Walter unassisted with 15:29 left.
Cassie Tollner and Zakkarra Butts earned praise for the defensive performances from Purple Tigers coach Maureen White, whose team is now 2-3. Kristi Litzenberger, Isabel Wittmaack and Hannah Bistocchi were cited for their offensive efforts in the shutout.
Maria Speranza made one save and Alexis Brevetti stopped six shots as they shared time in the CHS nets.
Cortland was to visit Port Byron today.