September 25, 2013
Purple Tigers rally to salvage road draw
EAST SYRACUSE — The Cortland High boys’ soccer team trailed host East Syracuse-Minoa 2-0 after the first 2:41 of Tuesday night’s OHSL Freedom Division game before rallying for a hard-earned 3-3 tie.
“We were flat in the first half but came out and played great soccer in the second,” said Purple Tigers coach Brian Rozewski, whose team trailed 3-2 at halftime is now 4-1-1 atop the Freedom National Division and 6-2-1 overall. “It was one of the best halves we’ve played this season, and showed how we can play. The guys worked hard, fought back and never gave up.”
The Spartans (1-3-1 Freedom American, 2-3-1 overall) took advantage of an early CHS offensive gamble to score on a counter, Cole Belcher finding the net 1:50 in off a pass from Thomas Van Deusen. An ES-M player was taken down in the box 51 seconds later and Chris Schiavone converted the penalty kick to make it 2-0.
Cortland junior forward Justin Prentice halved the deficit with 6:40 gone on a shot from the right side that found the left corner. Ryan Hinton made it 3-1 for the hosts with 10:20 left, off an assist from Schiavone, before Prentice again scored unassisted, again off the right side, for his 17th of the year to make it 3-2 just 1:18 before intermission.
A handball in the box on ES-M with 24:16 left gave the Purple Tigers a penalty kick opportunity, which senior midfielder Eamonn Mahar buried to account for the final score. A CHS header that went just wide in the first overtime was the best chance either team had there-after.
ES-M had a 13-10 shot advantage. Cortland senior goalie Tracey Shelley came up with seven saves, one more than the Spartans’ Cameron Schiavone.
CORTLAND JVs lost to ES-M 4-0 with no further information reported and are now 1-5-1 league and 1-7-1 overall.
Both Purple Tiger squads host Fulton Thursday, the varsity at 7 p.m. on Moiseichik Field and the JVs at 4:30 p.m. at Barry.
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