September 29, 2008


Trojans shut out by Purple Tigers

Field Hockey

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High's Maddie Forrester (left) and Homer Central’s Ashley Barnard (right) clash at midfield Saturday morning at Butts Field. Visiting CHS was a 3-0 field hockey winner.

Alena Turturro scored one goal and added one assist as Cortland High girls posted a solid 3-0 OHSL West Division field hockey victory over Homer Central under cloudy, rainy skies Saturday morning at George W. Butts Field.
The Purple Tigers improve to 6-1 in the division, 8-1 overall while the Trojans slip to 2-4-1, 2-7-1 overall.
“We went in with an attitude that the weather wouldn’t bother us,” Cortland coach Jamie Brown said. “It was nice to be on turf and the rain was not really that bad. The hardest rain came during halftime.”
“We played better than the first time around,” Homer coach Ellen Garrett said, her Trojans having lost by the same 3-0 margin at Cortland earlier this month. “It was a more improved effort for us.
“Maggie made a couple of nice sliding saves for Cortland,” Garrett added. “Mackenzie Sullivan played a solid game at both ends of the field for us and Jessica Rigg played well again.”
Christine Gutchess gave Cortland a 1-0 lead with 6:52 left in the first half with her second goal of the season. Turturro brought the ball to the right wing and made a nice crossing pass from the end line. Gutchess waited by the right post and tipped the ball into the cage.
Turturro netted her second goal of the season four minutes later with a tip-in by the left post. Turturro inserted the ball on a penalty corner, but there was a long scramble inside the circle. Melanie delRosario kept the ball alive and sent the ball to Turturro to finish the play off.
“Alena is involved in a lot of action as the right wing,” Brown said. “She is on the weak side of the defense and does a great job of setting up scoring opportunities. Alena has really improved a lot.
“Mel is on the left side and she works very well with Alena,” Brown continued. “Both do a nice job of bringing the ball from the midfield to set things up.”
In was delRosario notching her second assist of the game and fourth of the season with 14:48 left in the match. The senior was to goalkeeper Courtney Rainbow’s right and she attacked the goal, making Rainbow come out. Andrea Turcsik slid in behind the keeper, delRosario dumped the ball off to her and Turcsik finished the play off.
Rainbow made two saves for Homer while Maggie Brown was rarely tested and made three saves for Cortland.
Homer returns to action Tuesday as the Trojans travel to Weedsport. Second place Cortland is in a home West Division match Tuesday as the Purple Tigers host division-leader Cazenovia at 4:30 p.m.
“We are where we want to be,” Brown said heading into that showdown. “We are in position to get a shot at the division title.”
HOMER JVs posted a 1-0 victory over Cortland as Leanna Pedrick scored the unassisted goal with 24:08 left in the match.
“All of the girls played great and had great passes to get the ball down the field,” said Homer coach Kori Buhr. “Colleen Gardner worked very hard keeping Cortland from coming down into the circle. Becca Dewitt and Cheyenne Gaffney worked very hard as well defending our goal and had some amazing stops. Our goalie Tiernan Lanning did a beautiful job at keeping the ball out also.”
“I felt we played a very good game, again getting better and better each game,” said Cortland coach Maureen White. “This one was one of the best this season. We had many several chances to score and even had the ball on the goal line a couple of times, but it just wouldn’t cross the line. A total team effort, every player left it all out on the field.”
Lanning finished with seven saves to earn the shutout while Alexis Brevetti made two saves for Cortland, who outshot Homer 9-4.