October 03, 2007


Rivals all tied up once again

Trojans play Purple Tigers to scoreless overtime draw


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Vicky Smith (right) tries to disrupt Cortland High’s Alena Tuturro (8) from moving the ball downfield late in the second half of Tuesday’s OHSL field hockey clash. The teams played to a scoreless OT tie at CHS.

Staff Writer

It was more of the same for a couple of old friends and their evenly-matched field hockey teams Tuesday afternoon at Cortland High.
Having played to a 1-1 tie back on Sept. 11, Homer Central and the host Purple Tigers went at it in another OHSL contest that ended up in a deadlock. This time there was no scoring through regulation and a 10-minute overtime period in which the two teams went six-on-six — rather than the usual 10-on-10 — plus goalies.
“We had a lot of chances at the beginning, but we have to work on getting our shots off sooner,” Homer coach Ellen Garrett said after the visitors carried the play for a long stretch, her team now 3-3-2 in league play and 4-6-2 overall. “We have lots of girls with nice shots, and have been working on that.
“Cortland is quick in the middle, too, with (senior) Janelle Stegeland, (junior) Mel DelRosario and (senior) Liz Wright,” she added. “A few of our forwards could have been frustrated, they knew that Maggie (Cortland goalie Maggie Brown) is an eighth-grader. But give her credit. She holds her own, and in the overtime she kept her composure, stuffing us twice.”
“Maggie was the difference in the game,” said Purple Tigers coach Jamie Brown of her shot-stopping daughter. “For an eighth-grader she came up big at real opportune times. She’s young, but her teammates have a lot of confidence in her. They have no qualms when the ball goes back there.”
That happened quite a bit Tuesday, the Trojans with a 7-2 shot advantage, holding their hosts without a shot through the second half and overtime. Brown had five saves to one for Homer senior goalie Krista Guy.
Brown came out twice to clear the ball away in the first 6:30 of the game, and made a nice kick save on a shot by Homer senior center midfielder Vickie Smith 6:30 before halftime.
She made another good kick save on a long Homer shot 4:25 into the second half, but saved her best for overtime. First, Brown stoned Homer sophomore forward Abbey Phelps on a breakaway with 3:55 left in the extra session, then was able to keep Homer from scoring on a penalty corner just 15 seconds later, cutting down the angle while turning to force a shot just wide to the left.
EACH TEAM HAD a good chance in the first half that went for naught. Homer got the ball behind Brown after she scuffed a kick save but was unable to score 14 minutes into the game. The Purple Tigers (3-2-2 league, 3-3-2 overall) had two un-timed penalty corners at the end of the first half, the same situation on which they scored at the end of the first game between the two teams to salvage the tie. This time, however, the Trojans held on and cleared the ball to get to halftime.
“I was hoping for some deja vu there,” Brown said with a smile. “We had some opportunities, but we have trouble finishing plays.”
“Second chances are what we have to work on,” Garrett said after Homer’s shot edge went wasted. “Jamie and I have been friends for years. She gave me my first coaching job, with the Cortland junior varsity in 1987 when I was still a student at Cortland State. It’s nice that the girls from both teams play with a lot of sportsmanship. I think both of us have lost some games that should have been wins.”
The momentum of the game shifted in both halves from Homer to Cortland, most noticeably when Brown called a timeout with 17:59 left in regulation. “We have a bend-but-don’t-break mentality, but then came out in the second half and had us on our heels a little,” she said. “I called a timeout to get the girls to relax, make better decisions and get back to playing good hockey.”
It was the hosts who carried the play in the first half of the overtime before Homer came alive and put pressure on Brown to keep her team alive.
“Ashley Brown at center midfield and Katrina McCracken at midfield made some nice plays for us, and so did Lindsay Wilson at center back and Vickie Smith at center midfield,” Garrett said, singling out a quartet of seniors. Smith was forced to leave the game in overtime after catching a ball on the kneecap, her coach hoping that she’ll be ready for Thursday’s contest at second-place Weedsport.
“(Senior) Janelle Stegeland continues to be dominant for us at midfield, while Liz Wright and Callie Hull at outside back took away some fast-break threats,” Brown said in singling out three seniors. “Natalie Stiles (another senior) and (junior) Andrea Turcsik helped sustain our attack at link, and (senior) inner Lisa Frare is like the Energizer Bunny, going after and getting to balls that others give up on.”
Cortland visits league-leading Cazenovia Thursday, and Brown noted: “I think both of us could do some damage and shake things up. Among the top four teams in the league (Cazenovia, Weedsport, the Purple Tigers and Trojans) there’s a lot of parity.”
HOMER JVs nipped CHS 1-0 on a goal by Hannah Davis at 12:08 of the first half, assisted by Alexis Brown.
“The whole team played very well together,” said Trojans coach Kori Buhr, whose team broke an eight-game losing streak and is now 3-9 overall. “We looked great on both offensive and defensive penalty corners. All the girls had their sticks down and were ready for the ball. Our goalie, Lindsay VanLiew, made some amazing saves.”
“We had some opportunities in the first part of the game,” Cortland coach Maureen Brown said, her team now 2-2-3. “We actually put one in, but it was disallowed by an advancing call. The girls played well and had some opportunities. Homer is pretty strong at midfield.”
Cortland had a 6-3 shot advantage, VanLiew making two saves while Alexis Brevetti (first half) and Amanda Nauseef (second half) stopped one shot each for the hosts.
Homer’s JVs also visit Weedsport Thursday, and the Cortland JVs travel to Cazenovia.




TC3 men trip BCC to move into first

DRYDEN — Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s soccer moved into first place in the Mid-State Athletic Conference with a 3-2 win over Broome CC Tuesday.
The Panthers improve to 6-4-1 overall and 2-0 in the MSAC.
Broome, the defending conference champions, falls to 8-4-1 overall and 3-1 in the MSAC.
The game featured two of the top five defenses in the region, but the offenses stole the spotlight early. Broome scored the game’s first goal in the ninth minute, with Salar Ahmad converting a pass from Stefan Miller-Lari.
TC3 answered in the 18th minute. Fernando Casanova took the ball up the field, driving home a shot from the right side of the box to even the score.
The tie lasted just over a minute, as Broome’s Chris Messina scored to make it 2-1.
In the 27th minute, TC3 evened the score again, this time with Zachary Johnson lifting a shot from 30 yards out and floating it into the far upper corner of the net.
After the fourth goal of the first half, both teams tightened up. The game-winner came in the 88th minute. Mike Harrigan fed Tio Behdad in front of the goal. From point blank, Behdad beat the keeper for what proved to be the game-winner.
The three goals matched TC3’s season-high and matched the most Broome has allowed in a game.
AT BROOME, TC3 women’s soccer saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday at the hands of the number-one ranked team in the nation.
The Panthers, ranked eighth in the latest NJCAA national poll, lost 2-0 at top-ranked Broome CC. The Panthers drop to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Broome improves to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in the MSAC.
The game was scoreless at the half, but Broome enjoyed the better play throughout. In the 76th minute, Broome’s Emily Dixon broke the scoreless tie. Nicole Mosher added a second score in the 83rd minute.
During TC3’s winning streak, the team averaged over four goals per game. In Tuesday’s game, the Panthers managed just four shots.
Andi Mowry recorded 10 saves the Panthers, who lost for the first time since Sept. 5.
TC3 will play at Corning CC Thursday. The women start at 2:30 p.m. with the men to follow at 4:30 p.m.




Marks tallies power Tigers

Junior midfielder Casey Marks led the way offensively with a pair of goals and three players saw time in goal to combine for the shutout Tuesday afternoon as the Cortland High girls’ soccer team beat visiting Jamesville-DeWitt 3-0.
“We had a great team effort,” CHS coach Abbey Albright said of the win, which improved her team to 6-3 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 9-3 overall. “Our possession game has been improving over the past couple of games. We had four or five scoring opportunities in which we were one-on-one with the goalie. We didn’t capitalize on them, and this is where we need to fine-tune our game for the end of the season.”
Marks scored the first goal of the game just past the midway point of the first half, converting from close range after a corner kick by sophomore midfielder Alexis Keeney from the right side deflected off a J-D defender.
Senior forward Natalie Muka made it 2-0 with 5:34 left in the half, taking a throw-in from junior midfielder Jenna Phelps 20 yards out on the right side before turning and shooting low to the far post.
Marks notched an unassisted tally with 15:11 left in the game, taking the ball in and shooting from just inside the 18 on the right side low to the near post.
Sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Polanko-Baker made four saves in the first half, while senior Katie Apley played the first 30 minutes of the second half and junior Taylor Hewes the final 10 minutes, neither called on to stop a shot.
Cortland pelted J-D goalkeeper Caitlin Titus (14 saves) with 33 shots while allowing only J-D only eight shots.
CORTLAND JVs WON 1-0 over J-D, Erika Faberzak credited with the goal as Taylor Reynolds took a shot from the 18 that was saved by the J-D goalie. The keeper and defense came under pressure from Faberzak and inadvertently put the ball in the net.
Amanda Shelley made seven saves in her debut in goal for Cortland, including a save on a on-on-one situation.
Both Purple Tiger squads visit Mexico Thursday.