October 6, 2010
Red Rams pull out win to spoil CHS comeback
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Dan Mapes (left) chases after a bouncing ball with Jimmy Fazio of Jamesville-DeWitt during Tuesday’s OHSL Freedom soccer contest played at SUNY Cortland. Mapes scored a goal in the 3-2 CHS setback.
The Cortland High boys’ soccer team played another solid game Tuesday evening but wound up with nothing to show for it record-wise.
In a game played on the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex turf, the Purple Tigers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game at 2-2 only to see visiting Jamesville-DeWitt get the eventual game-winner with 23:02 left and hang on for a 3-2 OHSL Freedom victory.
“The guys played a fantastic game,” CHS coach Brian Rozewski said. “J-D is a well-coached, well-disciplined team with good ball movement and ball control. Our team keeps improving every game, and I’m proud of them.”
The Red Rams, contenders in the Freedom’s National Division at 7-1 with a 9-1 overall record, got goals from Jimmy Fazio from close range with 22:33 left in the first half and Anthony Epifani from 20 yards out 6:19 into the second half, both off assists from Austin Roney.
The hosts then tied the game with a pair of unassisted tallies. P.J. Mahar converted a direct kick from 25 yards out exactly four minutes after Epifani’s goal, and Dan Mapes one-timed a shot from 20 yards out on the left side with 23:02 left that went over the head of J-D keeper Zack Tanner and into the net.
Fazio notched the game-winner with 19:15 remaining, taking a pass from Epifani and hitting a low, hard shot from 18 yards out in the middle of the field that went into the lower left corner under diving Purple Tigers keeper Chad Timmons.
Cortland had a golden opportunity with five minutes left when a cross wound up on the goal line, J-D able to clear it before anyone could poke it home. The game ended on a direct kick from the right corner with two seconds left that went into the box but was still there when the horn sounded.
Timmons ended up making 12 saves to three for Tanner and one for J-D relief keeper Nate Sturgeon. The winners had a 15-7 shot advantage.
CORTLAND JVs were shaded 1-0 by J-D on a goal in the third minute off a defensive miscue, the scorer’s name not reported. “Our play improved overall today, but J-D’s possession and quickness was better than ours,” Purple Tigers coach Tom Dovi said, his team now 5-2-1. “I was encouraged by the result, given J-D’s skill and the fact that we only had two players on the bench available to play. Tracey (Shelley) has really kept us competitive with his play in goal over this stretch of games against skilled opponents. Mike Southwick also played well from his sweeper position today.”
Shelley made 12 saves as J-D had an 18-5 shot advantage.
Both Cortland teams host Chittenango on Thursday in 4:30 p.m. starts, the varsity at the high school and the JVs at Barry School.
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