October 7, 2008


Second straight Purple Tigers shutout


Rich Barnes/contributing photographer
Aubrey VanGorder had a goal and two assists in Cortland High’s 3-0 soccer win at ES-M Monday.

EAST SYRACUSE — The Cortland High girls’ soccer team scored its second straight shutout Monday in beating host East Syracuse-Minoa 3-0.
Goalkeepers Hannah Polanko-Baker and Lisa Dovi didn’t need to make any saves in the contest as the Purple Tigers, now 7-4 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 9-4 overall, out-shot the Spartans 20-5.
ES-M keeper Casie Auricchio made five saves for ESM, now 4-8 in the league and 5-8-1 overall.
CHS needed just 5:31 to score the only goal it would need, as Aubrey VanGorder headed home a corner kick by Alexis Keeney. Another Keeney corner kick initiated a sequence that resulted in the second Cortland goal with 19:44 left in the first half, as a shot by VanGorder off the corner kick hit the right post and Erika Faberzak converted the rebound.
The Purple Tigers closed out the scoring with 26:40 left in the game as VanGorder dribbled through two defenders up the right side of the field and crossed the ball to an oncoming Katherine Hunsberger, whose shot hit the post. Hunsberger was taken down by Auricchio but was able to recover and put the rebound in.
“Alexis Keeney’s five corner kicks were really on target,” Cortland coach Abbey Albright said. “Her teammates were able to finish them and get us off to a quick start in the first half. As a team, we’re really working the ball around the field well. The girls made great passes and great offensive runs. The group played as a team during the first half especially, connecting with one another and setting up some great chances on net.
“There were two defensive plays that were keys to the win. Morgan VanGorder headed a shot out of the goal when there was an open net, and Kaylee Gebhardt tackled an open ES-M player when there was no goalie in the net. Both plays really kept us in the game and allowed us to keep the momentum going.”
The Cortland JVs won 2-0 as Rachel Prentice and Amanda DeGraff had the goals, both in the first half. DeGraff assisted on Prentice’s tally, and Ashley Behrenfeld picked up the assist on DeGraff’s goal. Amanda Shelley made six saves in the Cortland nets for the shutout while ES-M’s Sara Hennessey stopped three shots as CHS had a 10-8 shot advantage.
“We had a total team effort today,” said Purple Tigers coach Brian Rogers, whose team is now 11-1-1 on the season. “Whenever you play ES-M, it will be a physical game. The girls stepped up from front to back and really played outstanding soccer.’
Both Cortland teams visit Auburn Wednesday and host Jamesville-DeWitt at 4:15 p.m. Friday, the varsity at the high school and the JVs at Dave Guido Field.