September 29, 2010
Saints thrive in 2nd stanzas
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland Christian Academy’s Nathan Ploss (23) breaks away from Finger Lakes’ Tyler Borst (3) in the first half Tuesday. Ploss had four goals as the Saints won 4-2.
Both Cortland Christian Academy soccer squads had to wait until the second half to pull away for home field victories on Tuesday.
The Lady Saints remained undefeated by getting past pesky Finger Lakes out of Seneca Falls 3-0, second half goals by Hannah McGowan and Caitlyn Blanchard enabling the hosts to improve to 5-0 in the Empire State Christian Athletic League and 7-0 overall.
Cortland Christian and Finger Lakes boys were scoreless at halftime, a dozen saves by opposing goalie Luke Drury providing frustration for the Saints, before Nathan Ploss scored three of his four goals in the opening four minutes of the second half. The Saints went on to win 4-2, improving to 4-1 in league play and 5-2 overall.
— Against defensive-minded and improved Finger Lakes (3-2), Cortland Christian girls were scoreless until four minutes were left in the opening half. McGowan scored the first of her two goals then, taking an Alison Sears pass and tucking a shot inside the right post.
McGowan made it 2-0 off a centering pass from Blanchard eight minutes into the second half, and shortly thereafter Blanchard provided breathing room scoring off a long delivery by McGowan.
Finger Lakes remained dangerous, as Cortland Christian goalie Charity Nelson had to slap away a high shot headed for the mesh and then denied Rachel Blong’s one-on-one scoring chance to earn this shutout. Nelson had a half-dozen saves overall, the Lady Saints with a 26-9 shot edge for the game.
l While Finger Lakes keeper Drury denied a dozen Saints shots over the opening stanza, Ploss got things rolling a mere 51 seconds into the second half to get Cortland Christian going.
He made it 3-0 in a relative blink of an eye, the third goal coming off a Ryan Tuttle assists. Tuttle also trigged the Saints’ fourth goal, his pass to Caleb Kinney leading to a through ball that Ploss ran down for his fourth goal.
Finger Lakes (3-1) scored twice in the final 10 minutes, Danny Netti with both of those goals off David Carey assists. Cortland Christian held a 27-11 shot advantage, goalie Nathan Iler with four saves.
Cortland Christian boys will host the William George Agency next Tuesday, with both teams back in action Oct. 7 with a visit to the Syracuse Eagles/Wolfpack home-schooled teams.
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