October 8, 2013


Cortland surges to top Homer

FieldBob Ellis/staff photographer
Rachel Church (8) of Homer reaches in for ball against Abby Hess of Cortland High Monday at Butts Field, where visiting CHS was a 5-0 winner.

It took some time for the Cortland High field hockey team’s offense to get things going Monday against an old rival.
But after a scoreless opening 30 minutes, the Purple Tigers struck four second-half goals in a span of less than 10 minutes to break open what had been a close game in what ended up a 5-0 win over winless host Homer Central.
“It took us awhile to get on the board, and even 1-0 wasn’t comfortable,” Purple Tigers coach Jamie Brown said, her team now 3-5-1 in the OHSL and 5-6-1 overall. “We were dominating penetration time, but Homer would sneak the ball through for some breakaway threats. Sam Daniels and Chelsea Paquin played well defensively to stop their scoring opportunities.
“We executed well on penalty corners, and seven different kids were part of the scoring. It was nice to see the balance there.”
Cortland got the only goal it would need with 8:52 left in the first half at Butts Field in a match-up that also honored victims of cancer, as senior forward Makayla Edwards scored her third of the season off a cross from classmate and fellow forward Emily Saracene on the right side.
Senior forward Taylor Thomas got the first of her two goals in the game with 18:05 left in the contest to make it 2-0, reading the defense on what was supposed to be a passing play off a penalty corner insert from senior midfielder Gabby Hollfelder and putting the ball into the back of the cage.
Junior right wing Erin Brown made it 3-0 at 15:21 from the center of the circle, the assist by senior forward-midfielder Morgan Larkin. Thomas scored her fourth of the season at 11:21 off an insert from junior midfielder Abby Hess on a penalty corner, and Brown got her ninth goal of the campaign when she put home a rebound off her own shot with 8:44 left.
Senior goalie Mikayla Cerio made four saves in the first 52 minutes of the game before yielding to junior Anya Linde-Henry, who wasn’t called on to make any shots over the final eight minutes as CHS won by shutout for the second game in a row on the heels of Saturday’s 2-0 non-league win at Baldwinsville.
Junior goalie Lucia Ferro made 12 saves for Homer (0-8-1, 0-11-1).
“The team was more focused on working together and had some of their best passing combinations in game situations this season,” Trojans coach Ellen Garrett said. “We were in this game and just seemed to lose some steam at the end. Taylor and Erin are talented players that will use their scoring opportunities in the circle.”
Behind Taylor and Brown, CHS held a 20-6 shot advantage.
“We once again did not capitalize on the scoring opportunities we did have,” added Garrett. “Morgan Hollenbeck and Chelsea Beard both having some solo runs down the field. The backs worked much better clearing the ball out of the circle, and cutting down corners. Brittney McCorduck, Sophia Pizzola, and Erica Barhite all played with great effort.”
Coach Brown praised the offensive play of Erin Brown and Larkin in the victory.
The Purple Tigers visit Cato-Meridian Friday, while the Homer heads to Port Byron Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. contest with the JV game to follow.
HOMER JVs beat Cortland 3-1 as Ashley Aloi scored two goals and Katie Roos one for the victorious hosts. Rachel Ousterhoudt assisted on both of Aloi’s goals and Katie Ryan picked up the assist on Roos’s tally. Alsasce Sanders had the lone CHS goal.
Both coaches praised their teams’ efforts. Trojans coach Kori Buhr cited Madlyn Mallory for her defensive performance and goalie McKenzie Brown, who made 10 saves. The Purple Tigers’ Maureen White praised Sanders, Cassie Marks and Taylor Woodin for their passing in transition and goalie Lexi Walts, who she said stopped several one-on-one stops. No save totals were reported.
The Cortland JVs (1-7, 1-9) are now off until Saturday, when they host Baldwinsville in a 10 a.m. start.


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