September 20, 2011


Purple Tigers knock host ES-M out of first

EAST SYRACUSE — With senior forward Sarah Hartnett scoring both goals, the Cortland High field hockey team put itself in the thick of the OHSL Division II West race Monday afternoon with a 2-1 win over East Syracuse-Minoa.
“It was definitely a good win for us,” said Purple Tigers coach Jamie Brown after knocking the hosts out of first place, her team now 2-1 in the league and 2-2 overall. “It proved we can play with people. We have to believe in ourselves. It was nice to see Sarah break out with two goals.”
Hartnett got the only first-half tally 18:56 before intermission. Sophomore forward Taylor Thomas started the play with a penalty corner that went to freshman forward-midfielder Erin Brown, who in turn got the ball to Hartnett. She tipped the pass home from just off the left post.
Hartnett scored what ended up being the game-winner on a breakaway with 13:42 left. ES-M had put the ball home off a penalty corner and was celebrating, but hadn’t taken the ball back outside the circle as a new rule this season requires. Senior defender Zakarra Butts alertly took the resulting fee hit in rapid fashion, and Thomas received the ball and in turn fed Hartnett, who went in one-on-one with Spartans goalie Danielle Hobb and beat her.
“ES-M came out strong in the second half and pressured us a lot,” coach Brown said. “That second goal gave us some breathing room.”
As it was, the hosts — who lost for the first time in five league games and are 4-2 overall — didn’t score until 58 seconds remained in the game, Jill Alaimo taking a shot that Cortland senior goalie Maggie Brown got a glove on before it hit the turf and spun back into the goal.
Maggie Brown ended up making 10 saves, nine of them in the second half, to five for Hobbs. ES-M finished with a 14-10 shot advantage after CHS led 5-3 in that category at halftime. The Spartans also led in penalty corners 11-4, all of theirs coming in the second half.
“We’ve won both games we played on turf this season.,” Coach Brown said. “Hopefully we can be on it for our next game.”
CHS hosts first-place Cazenovia on Wednesday in a 4:30 p.m. start.
CORTLAND JVs lost 1-0 to ES-M as B. Evans scored an unassisted goal for the Spartans with 18:57 left in the first half. Mikayla Cerio made four saves for the Purple Tigers (0-3-1), who had an 8-6 shot advantage. Arid stopped four shots for the hosts.
“It was a evenly-played game,” CHS coach Maureen White said. “We had our chances to score, we just need to finish the ball. Emily Saracene, Kelsey Block and Kayli Holbrook played well for the offense. I was very happy with the whole defense; they all marked their players well and cleared the ball out of their circle to start our offense.”


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