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September 17, 2013

 

Brown wins 200th game for CHS

Purple Tigers stick it to Homer, 5-1

Field HockeyBob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Erica Barhite (23) looks on as teammate Sophia Pizzola (15) and Cortland High’s Taylor Thomas (10) contend for possession during Monday’s OHSL field hockey clash at Moiseichik Field. Host CHS came away with a 5-1 victory.

Coach Jamie Brown deflected the credit for a milestone after her Cortland High field hockey team rolled past visiting Homer Central 5-1, giving her 200 career victories.
“It’s about the kids; they get it done,” an obviously grateful Brown, now in her “25th or 26th” year at the helm said. “It’s just a sign that I’ve been around a long time.I’ve been privileged to have been associated with the Cortland High field hockey program for a lot of years, as a coach and player. Penny Curtis was my coach and she, Bonnie Radzavicz and Norma Riley were the trailblazers for girls’ sports here.
“The coaches I had left positive impressions on me, and I hope that the kids I’ve coached were left with some positive impressions too. The best part of coaching is the memories, most of which are from day-to-day practice stuff. The kids on a team are almost like your own kids, part of your extended family. It’s the funny stories, a lot of them things that happen at practice, that you remember, rather than the wins and losses.”
Brown, who played forward both at CHS and SUNY Cortland before beginning her coaching career, will definitely remember Monday’s home game at Moiseichik Field, but she kept the impending achievement quiet.
“I didn’t let the kids know. I didn’t want to put pressure on them,” she said. “It’s not about me, it’s about them,” she noted. “Actually I kind of forgot about it until later, after the game. I got home and said ‘Oh, yeah...’”
Brown was actually more concerned with the game itself, especially since she had to juggle the lineup after learning just before things got started that starting senior forward Emily Saracene would be unavailable due to injury.
“I didn’t expect that type of game,” she said, her team having scored only two goals in its first three games. “I thought it would be a see-saw nailbiter. I was a little concerned, because it was Monday, about the kids being ready to play. They were.”
Senior right wing Taylor Thomas got Cortland, now 1-2 in the OHSL and 1-3 overall, all the goals it would need inside of the first 15 minutes of the game. She opened the scoring 4:33 in off a penalty corner assist from junior midfielder Abbey Hess, and then went on a long solo run to score unassisted with 15:10 left. “Getting on the board early was uplifting,” Brown said. “It gave us some momentum.”
CHS senior left wing Kelsey Block made it 3-0 at halftime with her first varsity goal, tipping home a pass from senior midfielder Gabby Hollfelder at the right post 1:43 before intermission.
Junior midfielder Liz Knout also scored her first varsity goal, coming 4:55 into the second half off a pass from deep on the right side by junior midfielder Erin Brown. The winners’ final goal was scored by senior forward Makayla Edwards with 6:06 left, Brown again making the pass from the right side that Edwards tipped home.
Homer (0-3, 0-5) got on the board with two minutes left as junior Betty Toolan scored on a penalty corner play, the assist going to senior Erin Corsi.
The Purple Tigers had a 26-14 shot advantage in the game, senior Mikayla Cerio making nine saves in the first 51:35 while junior Anya Linde-Henry stopped two shots over the final 8:25. Junior Lucia Ferro stopped 15 shots for the Trojans.
Brown singled out Hess and senior right back Kayli Holbrook for their individual performances.
“This was another disappointing loss for the team,” Homer coach Ellen Garrett said. “It seemed like we couldn’t put many plays together, and didn’t communicate well to support one another. Cortland played a clean game with some excellent passing combinations. We once again hurt ourselves with defensive errors causing too many corner opportunities (the hosts with a 15-8 advantage).
“Erin worked hard to convert defensive passes upfield. It was also nice to see Betty score on a penalty corner. She has been working hard to improve her game play. Senior Chelsea Beard continues to battle on the offensive end, and needs to make that breakthrough to finish off her hard work with some points scored.”
HOMER JVs beat Cortland 5-2 as Rachel Osterhoudt and Ashley Aloi scored twice each and Katie Ryan had the other goal. Cassie Marks and Molly Walts scored for Cortland.
Madlyn Mallory and McKenzie Brown combined to make four saves for Homer, which had a 19-10 shot advantage, while Lexi Walts made 13 saves for Cortland.
The Cortland varsity hosts Cato-Meridian Wednesday at 7 p.m., the JVs off since the Blue Devils don’t have a JV squad. Homer’s teams host Port Byron Wednesday at Butts Field, the JVs getting things started at 5 p.m.

 

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