September 19, 2006


Homer hangs on to edge Cortland


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High sophomore Jamie Robertson follows through on shot during Monday’s first singles match against Homer Central.Robertson lost 6-3, 6-4 to Kelly Noble in Homer’s 4-3 win at CHS.

Both coaches came away with some positives Monday in the wake of Homer Central’s 4-3 win over host Cortland High.
“What a nail-biter match,” said Trojans coach Nancy Cavellier, whose team improved to 2-2 in the OHSL Freedom Division and overall with the win.
“We were up three points while the four other matches had split sets and were all in their third sets,”added Cavallier, whose Trojans ended up sweeping singles behind Kelly Noble, Molly Warren and Jean Martinez. “Kelly and Jean played solid matches and once again our second doubles team, Laura (Major) and Emily (Martin), played smart tennis. Molly Warren brought home the win, coming back convincingly in the third set.
“Despite a loss at first doubles, Lindsay (Richards) and Natalie (Sutton) played with a lot of heart, and several of the games went to deuce. As a bonus, Lindsay was on with three aces,” said Cavallier. “Mariah (Hubbard) and Michele (Pfleugler) lost steam at third doubles, and in fourth doubles Cady (Spencer) and Hope (Cambrone) made a nice comeback but lost focus at the end. All of the doubles teams are getting great experience, which will only help them pull out some wins in the future. It’s just a matter of time.”
Noble beat Cortland’s Jaime Robertson 6-3, 6-4 at first singles, while at second singles Warren was a 6-7 (7-5), 6-2, 6-0 winner over Lauren Shirley and Martinez beat Maggie Reagan 6-2, 6-1 at third singles.
Cortland’s Eva Rosenthal and Robyn Hesse were 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 winners over Richards and Hesse at first doubles, while the Homer second doubles tandem of Major and Martin beat Courtney Tennant and Alexandra Tucker 7-5, 6-2. Liz Chappell and Taylor Warren were 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 winners over Pfleugler and Hubbard at third doubles, and at fourth doubles Molly Bramschreiber and Erika Sherman beat Spencer and Cambrone 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 6-2.
“We were pleased to see our doubles pull out some close matches,” said Cortland coach Bob Walrath, his team now 1-5 in the league and overall. “Eva and Robyn are picking up some confidence, while Liz and Taylor at third doubles and Molly and Erika at fourth also went the distance, winning in three sets. This is the first time in a very long time that we have been able to do this well in doubles and not earn a singles point. As a team, this has got to be a positive for us.
“Jaimee put up a good battle against a good player, while Maggie made a good account of herself in her singles debut,” he added. “In what proved to be the deciding match, second singles, Homer’s Molly Warren roared back after losing a first-set tie break to win the match in three and the team win as well. She was able to raise her game. All in all, it was another step in our development. We are improving greatly, and that needs to remain our focus.”
Homer hosts Jamesville-DeWitt at 4 p.m. Wednesday, while on the same day Cortland visits Fulton.



Early Marathon surge tops ’Cats

Staff Writer

LANSING — Making a statement early in any contest is important and Marathon Central boys did just that Monday night as the Olympians traveled to Stanley Sobus Field in Lansing.
At stake was early bragging rights in the tough Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division III soccer standings. Marathon scored three times in the first 29 minutes and held on for a 3-2 victory.
With the Olympians (5-0-1 overall) starting the pressure from the opening whistle, it did not take long for the visitors to take the lead. Andrew Parker made a nice pass across the box to Matt Braman, who beat his defender and poked the ball past goalkeeper Teagan Barresi for a 1-0 lead just 4:03 into play.
Marathon kept play in the Lansing defensive half. Barresi came out to snare one crossing pass and a Marathon direct kick deflected out-of-play while a soft shot on goal was grabbed by the Bobcat keeper.
The hard work paid off when a long direct kick was sent up the near sideline. It cleared the last Lansing defender and Zach Salisbury hustled to the ball. The senior forward made Barresi commit defensively and delivered the ball into the goal for a 2-0 advantage with 29:12 left in the first half.
Lansing (5-1-1) began to take control of play with 27 minutes left in the first half. Two through balls were grabbed by Marathon goalkeeper Josh Kashuba and another good scoring opportunity was missed when a shot hooked to the left,
The Olympians were able to get a two-on-one break with their counterattack as Allan Brown sprinted towards the left post with the ball. Salisbury sprinted towards the right post and received a strong pass from Brown. As Barresi started coming, Salisbury fired a ball inside the left post and Marathon led 3-0 with 15:49 left in the first half.
“Coach (Chip Stewart) always says to pass the ball by the goalie,” Salisbury said. “I kept that in mind and stayed with my shots. Our defense gets a lot of assists and helps create scoring chances by bringing the ball up the flanks.”
“When Zach plays within himself, he is a very talented young man,” Stewart said. “He is our Timmy Rogers this year. He is our go-to guy. We need him to be able to handle the ball, to hold the ball and to help get other players into the flow of the offense.”
Even with this lead, Lansing was beginning to control more of the action. Bobcat coach Adam Heck moved Adam Hardie from the defensive line into a midfield spot to take advantage of his powerful shot. The senior did not disappoint as he took a pass from Lucas Heffron and buried a missile from 30 yards out to get the home team on the scoreboard with 10:37 left in the half.
Just 80 seconds later, Heffron came in on Kashuba, who bobbled the ball. As the ball rolled away, Heffron used his left foot to stick the ball into the goal to trim the Marathon lead to 3-2.
“I thought we were sitting pretty good being up 3-0,” Stewart said. “Adam hit a rocket for them to steal the momentum and we were on our heels for the rest of the half.
“Josh bobbled a couple of balls. Lansing capitalized once, but he smothered a couple of other chances. Aubrey Brown did a nice job to limit the number of touches Heffron got after his goal,” he added.
Lansing continued the pressure, but could not score again so the teams headed into halftime.



CHS girls bounce back with victory

The Cortland High girls’ soccer team wasn’t down for long.
After suffering their first loss of the season Friday, 6-3 at the hands of visiting Homer Central, the host Purple Tigers snapped back Monday with a 6-0 win over Phoenix.
“This was a solid team win,” Cortland coach Abbey Albright said, her team now 4-1 in the OHSL Freedom American Division and overall. “We played together on the field, both offensively and defensively, and had many chances to score throughout the game, especially at the start of the second half.
“Defensively, we didn’t let Phoenix get through our line very often. We knew that Janna Rossi, who had 14 goals coming in, would stay posted on our defense, and the girls did a nice job of shutting her down throughout the game,” she added. “It’s great to see so many different girls put points on the board. They’re truly coming together as a team.”
Aubrey VanGorder scored twice to lead the way for the Purple Tigers, while Casey marks had a goal and an assist and Kim Natoli, Katherine Hunsberger and Elle DePerno one goal each. Natoli opened the scoring 10:27 into the contest, with Jenna Phelps delivering a cross that Natalie Muka touched to Natoli some six yards out.
VanGorder scored the next goal just over 10 minutes later on a through ball from Phelps, and hit the far post after a pass from Marks with 23:54 left in the game for her second goal.
Natalie Khazzaka made one save and Katie Apley two as they shared the shutout. The winners had a 43-4 shot advantage, and Julie Tupper stopped 14 shots for the Firebirds (91-5, 3-5).