October 15, 2010
Second half CHS revival
Faberzak’s hat trick does in Mexico
After a first half full of shots but no scoring Thursday afternoon, Erika Faberzak took matters pretty much into her own hands in the second half of the Cortland High girls’ soccer team’s game against visiting Mexico.
The junior forward did all of the scoring for the Purple Tigers in a 3-0 win that improved their OHSL Freedom American record to 6-4 and their overall mark to 9-4. Faberzak opened the scoring just 3:43 into the second half, touching in a perfect corner kick by sophomore defender Amanda DeGraff into the middle of the goal mouth.
Taylor Reynolds earned the assist on Faberzak’s second goal, with 25 minutes left, beating a defender at the endline on the left side and crossing the ball to the far post, were Faberzak put it home. The final goal, giving Faberzak the hat trick and a team-high eight goals on the season, came with 38 seconds left as Ashley Behrenfeld made the pass and Faberzak beat a defender inside the 18-yard line and scored to the low far post.
CHS senior goalkeeper Amanda Shelley made two saves for the shutout while Tyler Julian made seven saves in the first half and Liz Peters stopped six shots in the second for Mexico (2-9, 3-10). Cortland took 28 shots in the game to the visitors’ three, all in the second half.
“We had 15 shots in the first half, three of them with only the goalie to beat,” Purple Tigers coach Abbey Albright said. “Once again, we just couldn’t finish. It was nice to see our midfielders taking shots from outside of the 18. During the first half (freshman defender) Liza Ferro did a nice job of defending Liz Peters.
“We did some great things during the first half. We defended well, not allowing Mexico to get any shots off. We did a nice job of getting the ball to the outside of the field.”
CORTLAND JVs beat Mexico 2-0 on second-half goals by Kennedy Cook in the fourth minute and Kelsey Quail in the 20th minute, improving to 10-2 on the season. CHS had a 30-5 shot advantage, goalkeeper Amanda Edwards stopping four shots while Sabrina Adams made 11 saves for Mexico.
“The girls played hard today,” Purple Tigers coach Brian Rogers said. “They created a lot of opportunities and really played as a team in the second half. Our shot selection needs improvement, but we’re getting there.”
Both Cortland teams visit Homer Central Monday, the JV game starting at 5 p.m. and the varsity contest slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
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