September 27, 2011


CHS romps on new turf

The Cortland High field hockey team likes its new part-time home.
The Purple Tigers got first-ever varsity goals from three different players and six saves from senior goalie Maggie Brown Monday evening in a 3-0 non-league win over visiting Auburn on Moiseichik Field.
“The kids enjoy playing on turf,” said Purple Tigers coach Jamie Brown, whose team, now 3-3 overall, was the first varsity squad from CHS to win at Moiseichik. “We practiced there over the weekend, and it helps our skills really shine. It’s a lot different game on turf, a lot cleaner and more enjoyable for fans. We had great passing combinations between our midfielders and forwards.”
It took the hosts 5:07 to get the only goal they’d need, as senior midfielder-defender Zakarra Butts converted off a penalty corner from freshman forward-midfielder Erin Brown for her first varsity tally. Brown then achieved the same milestone 21 seconds later from close range after taking a pass from junior midfielder Taylor Tabel coming into the circle.
Senior midfielder Hannah Bistocchi closed out the scoring 7:12 into the second half as senior forward-midfielder Gabby DiSanto was praised by coach Brown for her extra effort and hustle in chasing down a through ball and getting it to Bistocchi in close.
Coach Brown also singled out the midfielder unit of Tabel, Bistocchi and sophomore midfielder-defender Morgan Larkin while noting: “They did a nice job of stepping up, filling in zones and sustaining our offense.”
Goalie Maggie Brown earned her second shutout of the season, making two less saves than Allie Mack from Auburn (0-7 overall). The winners had a 12-7 shot advantage.
Cortland hosts Port Byron in a 4:30 p.m. start on its grass field.
CORTLAND JVs fell to 0-5-1 on the season Monday in a 3-1 loss to Auburn, Kelsey Block scoring 3:52 into the second half to tie the score before the Maroons tallied twice in a span of 10 minutes for the win.
“Once again the score did not reflect the game,” Purple Tigers coach Maureen White said. “We played a great game; everyone was contributing. The ball seemed to be in our offensive end most of the game, we still just need to be able to finish. Kelsey, Kayli Holbrook, Ashley Carroll and Caitlin Donahue played well for us on the forward line. Danae Becker, Gabby Hollfelder, and Chelsea Paquin played very well defensively and transitioning to offense.”
CHS goalie Mikayla Cerio made three saves to five for Auburn’s Molly Sharples, the hosts with a 10-6 shot advantage. The JVs host Port Bryon Thursday following the varsity game.


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