September 26, 2006


Purple Tigers able to battle back


Bill Sinsabaugh/contributing photographer
Cortland High’s Natalie Muka launches shot towards the Fulton goal during Monday’s OHSL soccer game.Muka scored  in 4-2 Purple Tigers victory.

The Cortland High girls’ soccer team came from behind twice Monday and scored a 4-2 OHSL Freedom Division victory over visiting Fulton.
Casey Marks had two goals and an assist to pace the Purple Tigers (5-2-1 overall), while Natalie Muka and Kim Natoli scored once each. The Red Raiders (2-5-1 league, 2-5-2 overall) got on the board first when Michele Bateman scored 6:04 into the contest off a punt by goalie Kristen Kush.
Muka converted a penalty kick with 13:57 left in the half after a Fulton defender was called for a trip in the box, but Bateman scored again, off an assist by Becky Wolford, with 8:35 left to make it 2-1 Fulton.
Marks tied the score with 4:57 left until intermission when Jenna Phelps fed her from the left side and her shot hit the crossbar and went in. Kim Natoli one-timed a through ball from Marks to the top right of the net 1:14 later to give Cortland their first lead, which held up at halftime, and marks closed out the scoring with another penalty kick 8:14 into the second half after Natoli was tripped in the box.
CHS had a 27-2 shot advantage in the contest, Natalie Khazzaka not making any saves as Fulton scored on both of its shots while Kush stopped 10 shots in the Red Raider goal.
“Caitlin Cottone did a great job in the central back of the field, while Kim Natoli played very well at central midfield,” Cortland coach Abbey Albright said. “Both distributed the ball well to the outside and made smart decisions when it came to stepping to the ball.”
Cortland is currently ranked eighth in the Section 3 Large School rankings, with unbeaten Homer Central holding down the top spot.
CORTLAND JVs defeated Fulton 1-0 as Maya Gebhardt scored the only goal of the game, assisted by Alexis Keeney.
Goalie Hannah Polanko-Baker made 15 saves in recording the shutout as the Purple Tigers improved to 4-4. Both Cortland teams visit Jamesville-DeWitt Wednesday.





CHS, Homer secure road victories

The Cortland High and Homer Central golf teams both scored road victories in OHSL league play Monday.
The unbeaten CHS Purple Tigers downed East Syracuse-Minoa 192-208 at Poolsbrook, while the Trojans of Homer beat Phoenix 226-229 at Beaver Meadows.
Cortland 192, ES-Minoa Orange 208: “This was a real good score for us,” said Cortland coach Kevin Cafararo, whose team is now 5-0 in the OHSL Freedom national Division and 10-0 overall. “Poolsbrook is a small public course that isn’t long but is about precision. The greens were a little slow, but the kids adjusted well.
“Everyone played very well; when you throw out a 40 (as high score) you know the end result is going to be pretty good,” he added. “The kids are getting primed for Wednesday’s match with Chittenango. That will be one of our bigger matches of the season.”
Cortland hosts Chittenango at 3:30 p.m. at the Cortland Country Club. In a season-opening match, CHS beat Chittenango 196-201 at the Bears’ Rogues Roost home course.
Matt Porter led the Purple Tigers and was overall medallist with a 36 while Nick Decker had a 38, Ryan Wanish and Steve Stowell both carded 39s and Chris Pace and Brandon Fitzgerald both checked in at 40. Matt Perry led ES-M Orange with a 37, while Travis Oot totaled 38.
Homer 226, Phoenix 229: Nick Saraceno and Lane Hopkins both carded 41s as the Trojans improved to 2-8.
“This was the first away match in which we played pretty consistently,” said Homer coach Gary Wilcox. “We had a couple of players score higher than usual, but Nick and Lane made up for it. We were also 11 shots better than our last away match (at Jamesville-DeWitt), and I think Beaver Meadows is tougher than Drumlins.”
Dan Miller had 46, Ian Gutchess 47 and Andy Saraceno 51 for Homer, which hosts East Syracuse-Minoa Blue at 3:30 p.m. today at Cortland Country Club, while Molly Nulty had 52. Jeff Abold and Matt Blair both fired 43s and Dan Fallon a 44 for Phoenix.



Trojans overcome slow court start

After getting off to slow starts due to the bus ride, the Homer Central girls’ tennis team rallied for a 4-3 victory over host Fulton Monday that lifted the Trojans to 4-3 in OHSL Freedom Division play and overall.
Visiting Cortland High, meanwhile, dropped a 5-1 decision at Jamesville-DeWitt and is now 2-6 in the league and overall.
Homer 4, Fulton 3: Homer coach Nancy Cavellier said that “Kelly (Noble) and Molly (Warren) had nice solid matches and put our first two points on the board.” Noble was a 7-5, 6-2 winner of Megan Andolina and Warren beat Nicole Westerbeck 6-4, 6-0. Warren is now 7-0 this season, as is Jean Martinez, who beat Leigh Bergman 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) at third singles for what was actually the winning point.
Angel Hutchins and Sarah Munger earned the winners’ other point at first doubles, where they beat Natalie Sutton and Lindsay Richards 6-2, 6-1.
“Despite the loss, I’m proud of Michelle Pfluegler and Mariah Hubbard at third doubles,” Cavellier said. “They came back well in the second set (after losing the first 6-3); they were four games back and forced a tiebreaker (which they lost 7-5).
“Two new players (Rachel Perry and Katie Strausser) did a phenomenal job; they had set point in the second set. It was very impressive.”
Homer hosts East Syracuse-Minoa Wednesday.
Jamesville-DeWitt 5, Cortland 1: The Purple Tigers, now 2-6 league and overall, got their only point at first singles, where Jaimee Robertson improved to 5-2 on the season with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Michelle Maloff. “Jaimee continues to impress with her solid play at first singles,” Cortland coach Bob Walrath said. “J-D was much stronger at doubles; we knew it was going to come down to that. J-D is a tough place to play. There is a lot of whooping and cheering off the court. It didn’t seem we focused as well as we could have on the court. We played distracted at times, with nervous points.
“I was pleased with the performance of Maggie Reagan and Marlyss Darrow at fourth doubles (in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Yang Zhang and Liz Coughlin). They stayed close to a good doubles team. For Marlyss’s first varsity start, she played with enthusiasm and skill under pressure.”
Cortland hosts Mexico Wednesday.