October 4 , 2006


McGraw escapes on Rockets’ turf


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
McGraw’s Sarah Bilodeau (8), far right, heads the ball away from a group of players — teammate Alicia Giamichael (16), DeRuyter’s Chelsea Way (3) and McGraw’s Julie Hewes. Bilodeau scored lone goal as visiting McGraw as a 1-0 CCL soccer winner.

DeRUYTER — One long shot decided Tuesday’s Central Counties League girls’ soccer game between McGraw Central and host DeRuyter Central.
The Eagles’ Sarah Bilodeau got the rebound of her own direct kick and lofted a shot from 35 yards out over the head of Rocket goalie Kayla Hampton 7:38 into the game in what ended up a 1-0 win for the visitors.
The goal kept McGraw unbeaten, the Eagles now 7-0 in league play and 11-0 overall. DeRuyter is 5-3 in CCL play and 6-6 overall.
In another league game, Cincinnatus blanked visiting Stockbridge Valley 4-1.
McGraw 1, DeRuyter 0: “DeRuyter played more aggressively than we did and was quicker to the ball,” McGraw coach John Rutan said. “They really wanted the game. They went hard getting to the ball, trying to make things work.
“We had three or four good chances, including every time we crossed the ball from the corner late in the first half. We only had a couple of good chances in the second,” he added. “DeRuyter tried chipping one off Chelsea (Snyder, the McGraw keeper) near the end of the first half, and the ball went just wide. They tried bringing the ball down the center, and we managed to stuff them at the 18.”
Rutan cited Bilodeau, at back, and keeper Chelsea Hayes (four saves, the same as DeRuyter’s Kayla Hampton as each team had seven shots), plus midfielders Diane Ralyea, Jen Rutan and Tory Finton, for their individual efforts.
“It was an even game, “ said Rockets coach Amy Prince. “Our whole team stepped up and played a great game. Kristi Custer at stopper and Lori Forshee at sweeper played really well. It was Senior Night for us, so they all picked it up.”
McGraw hosts Otselic Valley in a league game Thursday and Tully in a non-leaguer on Saturday, while DeRuyter plays the hosts at 10 a.m. Saturday in the first round of the Poland Tournament and, depending on the results, goes against either Stockbridge Valley or Oriskany at 2 p.m. Sunday. 
Cincinnatus 4, Stockbridge Valley 0: KaraBeth Eaton scored twice, seven and 15 minutes into the contest, assisted on the second goal by her sister Jolene, and keepers Michele McUmber and Savannah Ward made two saves apiece for the Red Lions, now 5-3 in league play and 6-6 overall.
Kim Wehner made it 3-0, off an assist by Kim Shepard, 10 minutes before halftime, and Chelsea brown knocked a loose ball home six minutes into the second half to finish the scoring.
Cincy outshot its visitors 20-9 as Wolves’ keeper Heather Clark made 13 saves.
The Red Lions visit Madison Thursday.



More overtime woes for Purple Tigers

Overtime was once again unkind to the Cortland High boys’ soccer team Tuesday evening.
Syracuse CBA’s Gale Agbossoumonde scored on a direct kick with 4:30 left in the second overtime period to give the visiting Brothers a 2-1 win over the Purple Tigers in a battle of state-ranked Class A teams.
OHSL Freedom Division leader CBA (6-0-1 league, 10-0-1 overall) is ranked second in the current state poll, and second place Cortland (5-3 league, 7-5 overall) is 20th.
All of the Purple Tigers’ losses have been by one goal, four of them in overtime. One of those was a 5-4 loss at CBA in the second game of the season.
The visitors had a 30-15 shot advantage in the game and led in that category 19-9 after a scoreless first half.
“We played a lot of defense, and some of it was our own doing,” said CHS coach Dave Law. “We were so concerned with trying to shut down their top players that we were slow getting out of the back. The guys did an outstanding job defensively.
“We played well, played hard and did the best we could,” he added. “They haven’t been limited to two goals very often this season. We just weren’t able to put together any sort of possession.”
Cortland was without second-leading scorer Theo Bishop, the senior striker having received a red card in Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss at Westhill. “That was a little bit of a factor, but not the whole thing,” Law said.
In fact, a red card also gave Cortland an advantage it was unable to take advantage of. After opening the scoring with a penalty kick with 12:32 left in the game after a foul in the box, CBA’s L.J. Papaleo celebrated by taunting Cortland’s fans and immediately received a red card. That gave the hosts a one-man advantage for the rest of the game.
The Purple Tigers finally evened the score with 3:08 left. Matt Marks pounced on a loose ball after it had been hit by Luka Starmer through some defenders and scored from 15 yards out on the right side under oncoming CBA goalie Joe Krisch.
A Cortland foul just outside the 18 led to the winning goal in the second extra sudden-death session, as Agbossoumonde bent a free kick past the Purple Tiger wall and goalie Judd Arnold into the lower right corner.
Arnold and Ryan Wiehl made eight saves apiece for the hosts. Arnold played the first half and Wiehl started the second, Arnold coming back on for after CBA’s first goal (due to his longer punting ability in an effort to spark the offense, Law noted) and played the rest of the way. Krisch made six saves for CBA.
CORTLAND JVs also lost to CBA 2-1. The Purple Tigers came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit as Kyle Cute converted a cross by David O’Neil, giving the hosts the lead. The Brothers scored twice on unsettled situations inside the box.
Logan Marks and Ben Darby shared goalkeeping duties for CHS (now 2-8-2) and made a total of eight saves, the winners with a 12-11 shot advantage.
Both Cortland teams visit Jamesville-DeWitt Friday.



Host Caz tops Homer

CAZENOVIA — Brittany Furlong scored a pair of goals to lead Cazenovia girls to a 3-1 OHSL West Division field hockey victory over visiting Homer Central Tuesday.
The Trojans slip to 1-3 in division play and 4-6 overall while the division-leading Lakers improve to 6-0, 11-1 overall.
“The game was played with good intensity even though the field was muddy in front of the goals and in the alley area,” Homer coach Kate Smith said. “Despite the field conditions, we had some good passing. Defensively, midfielder Jen Warren came up with some great drives on her free hits. Erin Wafer played the game with great intensity.”
Furlong opened the scoring with 24:14 left in the first half off a pass from Katy Vogl. The Lakers made it 2-0 on an unassisted goal by Devon Speer with 1:39 left until halftime.
Homer made things interesting as Katrina McCracken notched her first goal of the season as the Trojans pulled to within 2-1 with 27:14 left in the match.
Furlong gave Cazenovia some breathing room with 3:04 left as she converted a feed from Lauren Colligan.