September 19, 2007


Raiders pull away from CHS


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Luka Starmer (6), of Cortland High, leaps as he pushes the ball past a Fulton player toward the goal in lasts night’s OHSL Freedom Division game. Starmer scored the lone CHS goal in a 3-1 loss at home.

It’s a case of potential going unfulfilled for the Cortland High boys’ soccer team.
At least, that’s how coach Dan Law saw it in discussing Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to visiting Fulton, which dropped the Purple Tigers to 1-3 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 2-3 overall.
“I told the guys after the gamed that we can be our own worst enemy at times,” Law said. “The guys have to work at keeping their heads up, seeing the field and communicating. Right now it seems that they pick and choose when they want to do it.
“Like the Jamesville-DeWitt game, this one could have gone either way,” he said, referring to a 4-3 overtime loss last Tuesday. “They’re still creating problems for themselves. It’s still early in the season, but we have to get things going in the right direction.”
Tuesday’s game was tied 1-1 at halftime.
The Red Raider’s Marshall Cooper scored the first of his two goals with 10:12 left in that opening stanza, going inside the far post from the left side off a pass from Greg Webb. Senior midfielder Luka Starmer equalized for CHS 1:42 before intermission, sliding onto a through ball from senior midfielder Matt Marks and just beating Fulton goalkeeper Trevor Trovato, who was sliding out to make the save.
Cooper also got the game-winner with 11:53 left, nailing a hard free kick that parted Cortland’s wall and then pouncing on a loose ball in front and getting it past Purple Tiger keeper Ben Clifford, who had made a diving save on the original shot. Trevor Littler closed out the scoring with 5:20 remaining, beating Clifford one-on-one after a long ball was misplayed by the hosts.
Trovato made 11 saves for Fulton (2-2, 2-3) to nine for Clifford. Each team took 14 shots.
Law singled out Marks and junior outside back matt Southwick for their individual performances. Cortland visits Syracuse CBA Thursday.
CORTLAND JVs blanked Fulton 3-0 as keepers Ben Darby and T.J. Bardsley combined to make eight saves. Eric Burch scored twice for the Purple Tigers (4-1), and Justin Hogan had the other goal as well as two assists. The winners had a 27-9 shot advantage.
Coach Tom Dovi cited midfielders P.J. Mahar and Greg Masler, noting: “They passed and distributed the ball well.”
Cortland next hosts Central Square at 11 a.m. Saturday.




Purple Tigers take first stumble

FULTON —The Cortland High girls’ soccer team had given up two goals in five games this season, all wins, prior to Tuesday’s visit to Fulton.
The host Red Raiders scored twice in the first half alone, and went on to hand the Purple Tigers their first loss of the season, 3-1. CHS is now 3-1 in the OHSL Freedom Division, tied for first with Homer and Chittenango, and 5-1 overall.
Leah Phillips opened the scoring for the hosts with 25:50 left in the first half, lofting a 45-yard shot over the head of Cortland sophomore goalie Hannah Polanko-Baker. The Red Raiders’ Michelle Bateman got what proved to be the game-winner just under four minutes later, taking a pass from heather Reed six yards out on the left side of the box and connecting on a low shot to the far post.
Fulton (now 2-2 league, 2-3 overall) went up 3-0 with 19:53 left in the game when Ruthie Tallenes lofted a high cross from the left side to Mary Chirello, whose low shot from the far post found the back of the net on the left side.
Cortland averted a shutout with just 55 seconds left. Senior forward Natalie Muka headed home a pass from sophomore forward Alexis Keeney, who in turn had put the ball to the far post after receiving a short pass about 10 yards out from junior midfielder Jenna Phelps on the outside flank. Fulton keeper Brianna Streeter came out on the play, and Muka put the ball by her.
Streeter made 13 saves in the contest to three for Polanko-Baker, Cortland out-shooting the winners 20-9.
The Purple Tigers host Syracuse CBA at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.




McGraw soars into clash for 1st place

The battle of unbeatens is set.
The McGraw Central girls’ soccer team rolled over visiting Otselic Valley 8-0 Tuesday for its third win in as many Central Counties league games this fall and six in seven contests overall. The Eagles will visit DeRuyter Central, also 3-0 in league play (5-1 overall), at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Cincinnatus beat Madison 1-0 in overtime in another CCL game Tuesday.
McGraw 8, Otselic Valley 0: The Eagles didn’t allow their guests any shots on goal while racking up 27 shots themselves. Kristen Guy scored four goals, three of them off assists from Nicole Law, and also had an assist. Law scored two goals, including the game-winner, the first score of the game 5:44 in off an assist by Casey Millard. Tory Finton added a goal and an assist and Kierra Mack scored once for the Eagles.
“The girls never really gave Otselic Valley a chance to get anything going.” McGraw coach Dave Law said. “Our girls did a great job of controlling the ball using short passing and keeping the ball to the ground. It was nice to see them utilizing our defense to start the play, working the ball up the field under control, setting their own pace. This will become more important as the tougher games come along.
“We’ve been working hard on positioning the girls in just the right spots to spread out the scoring threats; it seems to be working.”
Law noted that outside midfielders Shannon O’Hara, Casey Millard, Kelsey Bordwell and Elizabeth Niver “are seeing the ball much more and setting up some opportunities for their forwards. With Nicole Law, Kierra Mack, Monica Byron and Kristen Guy all sharing in much of the scoring, and so many girls all sharing in the assists, it will make it very tough for our competition to mark up.
“We moved Tory Finton around the field a little again, and she proved herself again. We know she’s capable of doing a great job on defense, but she also may be a threat up front in a big game if needed.”
Cincinnatus 1, Madison 0: The Red Lions (2-1 league, 5-2 overall) did everything but score for most of the game, out-shooting their guests 18-3 and taking 17 corner kicks to none for the Blue Devils. But it wasn’t until 2:12 remained in the first overtime that JaLynne Smith scored from 10 yards out on the left side, her shot going off a pair of Madison defenders and into the net.
“We had several chances but couldn’t put the ball in the net,” Cincy co-coach Bill Cobb said. “Their goalkeeper (Caitlyn Smith) was outstanding. I thought we played the field very well but just couldn’t finish.”