October 5, 2009


Clark’s overtime header lifts Tigers past Auburn


Bill Sinsabaugh/contributing photographer
Cortland High’s Jacquie Clark heads the winning overtime goal scored against Auburn Saturday amidst a crowd of players, including teammate Aubrey VanGorder (1). CHS won 2-1 at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.

Cortland High girls survived some overtime soccer drama on Saturday morning, thanks to junior midfielder Jacquie Clark.
With 4:34 left in the second overtime period, Clark headed home an Alexis Keeney corner kick to give the Purple Tigers a 2-1 overtime non-league victory over visiting Auburn at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.
“We talked about getting our intensity level up before going into overtime and the girls did,” said Cortland coach Brian Rogers, Auburn forcing extra time when Kim Keagle scored with 11:07 left in regulation. “We controlled the entire first overtime and most of the second.”
The Purple Tigers, the defending Section 3 Class A champions and current co-leaders in the OHSL Freedom Division, raised their record to 9-1 with the victory. Auburn, a larger Class AA school, exits with a 5-2-2 overall mark with both losses coming against Cortland.
“Both teams played really well today,” said Coach Rogers, CHS having won on the Maroons’ home field 2-0 earlier this season. “Auburn has a really good team. Our defense played very well today, keeping Laura Taylor under control.”
Taylor is Auburn’s most dangerous offensive weapon who was held scoreless in a game where momentum swung back and forth throughout regulation.
Cortland struck first in the final minute of the opening half. Some nice combination work by midfielder Keeney and forward Aubrey VanGorder set up that goal, both seniors picking up assists on a Maya Gebhardt finish in front with just 33 seconds left on the scoreboard clock.
Auburn — which out-shot CHS 5-2 in the second half, although the Purple Tigers finished with a 20-11 advantage for the game — got even when Neagle converted a Taylor crossing pass from close range.
In the extra sessions, Auburn got off just a lone shot compared to eight for the Purple Tigers — including the Clark game-winner.
Hannah Polanko-Baker finished with a handful of saves in the CHS goal, counterpart Aubrey Campbell from Auburn with eight saves.
“I’m very pleased with the effort,” summed up Coach Rogers, as CHS heads to Homer Central’s Butts Field at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night to take on their rivals in an Freedom Division match-up.
CORTLAND JVs pulled out a 1-0 victory over Auburn at Barry School, avenging an earlier loss to the Maroons by that same margin. Lizzie Torti scored the game-winner for the Purple Tigers on an unassisted goal in the 57th minute.
Five minutes after scoring, Kelsey Quail lobbed a dangerous ball into the are to Marissa Rabusin, who’s one-timer sailed just over the crossbar. Auburn had a narrow 9-6 shot edge, CHS goalie Amanda Edwards picking up her sixth shutout of the season.
Coach Bob Applegate also singled out the play of central midfielder Lisa Ferro, especially in dropping back and helping Purple Tiger defenders in pressuring the ball. Cortland JVs visit Homer Tuesday, too, a 4:30 p.m. Butts Field start.
———Homer JVs Prevail
TRUMANSBURG — With Mercedes Slade scoring the only goal, a first half shot mishandled by the goalie, Homer Central JV girls emerged with a 1-0 victor over host Trumansburg Saturday.
“We played well today,” Homer coach Allison Cook said. “We communicated much better and were able to create several offensive opportunities.”
Logan McEvoy and Hannah Roos combined for 13 saves in the Trojan goal. It was the same number of saves by the Trumansburg keeper.