September 27, 2013
CHS in overtime standoff
The Cortland High boys’ soccer team had the lead twice against visiting Fulton Thursday night, but the Red Raiders came back both times and went back north with a 2-2 OHSL Freedom Division tie.
“It was a great game, back-and-forth,” Coach Brian Rozewski said, his Purple Tigers now 4-1-2 atop the Freedom National and 6-2-2 overall. “We played great soccer in the first half and most of the second, but the last 15 minutes Fulton came on strong. They just came at us and kept coming.”
The hosts opened the scoring 6:01 in as junior forward Justin Prentice put his 18th goal of the season home from the right side off a feed from senior midfielder Eamonn Mahar. The Red Raiders (3-3-1 Freedom American, 3-4-1 overall) equalized 17:48 in as Carlos Feliciano took a shot that CHS goalie Tracey Shelley stopped, the ball deflecting up, hitting the crossbar and coming down over the goal line.
Junior defender Sage Brown headed home his fourth of the year with 22:12 left in regulation, Mahar picking up his 10th assist of the season on the play. Spencer Vono converted a crossing pass from Feliciano with 6:16 left to again knot the score.
Rozewski noted that both teams had opportunities down the stretch and through overtime that neither was able to capitalize on.
Shelley wound up making seven saves to 11 for Fulton’s Robert Borrow as the hosts had an 18-11 shot advantage.
CORTLAND JVs lost 3-2 to Fulton when a Raiders’ goal off a free kick with three minutes left decided the game. The Purple Tigers’ record fell to 1-6-1 league and 1-8-1 overall.
Chris Dovi opened the scoring in the first half and Nick Smith redirected a ball home just before halftime to give CHS a 2-1 lead.
“This was a tough loss for the players,” Cortland coach Jason Moore said. “We had a rough couple of games where we were unable to find the back of the net so it was nice to get back on track. In the second half Fulton created more scoring opportunities and it was just a matter of time before they capitalized. Hopefully we can build on the momentum we had today and carry it into the games next week.”
Both Purple Tiger teams visit Syracuse CBA Tuesday, the JV game starting at 5 p.m. while the varsity contest begins at 7 p.m.
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