October 17, 2007


Cincy CA girls still all even with Saints


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Danielle Kinney (left) of Cortland Cristian Academy has the ball knocked away by Danielle Munro (6) Tuesday in an ESCAL soccer match. The rivals tied, 2-2.

CINCINNATUS — This Empire State Christian Athletic League girls’ soccer battle for second place failed to clear up the playoff picture at all.
Host Cincinnatus Christian Academy and Cortland Christian Academy are still deadlocked in the league standings after playing to a 2-2 standoff on Tuesday afternoon.
Cortland Christian had taken a 2-1 second half lead on a Courtney Hall breakaway goal, only to see Cincinnatus Christian pull even with seven minutes left to play when Danielle Munro came up with the equalizer.
All four goals were scored in the second half between the two rivals looking to grab the second seed for the upcoming ESCAL playoffs — where the top four schools advance.
Port City from Oswego leads the ESCAL with a 7-0-2 mark, with Cortland Christian at 5-2-1 and Cincinnatus Christian at 4-2-3 both second with 11 points. Fourth place Valley Heights from Norwich is also still in the playoff picture with 10 points.
The Lady Saints from Cortland will play host to Port City on Thursday, the girls taking the field after the boys’ get that twin bill underway at 3:15 p.m. Cortland Christian (8-2-1 overall) will then close out the regular season hosting Emmanuel Baptist from Penn Yan on Friday.
The Lady Eagles from Cincinnatus Christian (9-2-3) finish on Friday at Baldwinsville Christian.
In the boys’ contest that followed yesterday, ESCAL leader Cortland Christian topped Cincinnatus Christian 6-2 as C.J. Burnett finished with four goals.
* Cincinnatus Christian girls were looking to avenge an earlier 3-2 loss to Cortland Christian, and would strike first when Hannah McGowan scored 12 minutes into the second half.
But Cortland Christian netted two goals within a two-minute span to erase that deficit, starting when Danielle Kinney scored on a shot just outside the box. Kinney then set up Hall’s breakaway goal that put the visitors in front.
Cincinnatus Christian pulled even on Munro’s goal, and both teams had chances to break the deadlock before time ran out. There is no overtime played in the ESCAL regular season.
Both goalies finished with a handful of saves apiece, Mikaela Storey in goal for the Lady Saints and Rikki Woodruff patrolling the nets for the Lady Eagles. The visitors had a slight 13-11 edge in shots.
* First place Cortland Christian boys are now 7-0-1 in ESCAL play and 10-0-1 overall after beating Cincinnatus Christian, taking 4-0 halftime control when Burnett tallied twice to go along with goals from Caleb Brown and Caleb Kinney.
Burnett struck twice in the second half to hike the lead to 6-nil.
Cincinnatus Christian (2-7 ESCAL, 3-10 overall) came up with late goals from Matt Cline and Brandon Goodno — with Goodno heading home a Jordan Harris corner kick.
The Eagles still have a chance to finish fourth in the league and make the playoffs, but will need to win at Baldwinsville Christian on Friday.
The playoffs are slated to start early next week.



TC3 women trip up Herkimer CC

DRYDEN — Tompkins Cortland Community College women won a  soccer battle of nationally ranked teams Tuesday, beating visiting Herkimer CC 3-1.
The Panthers, ranked sixth in the latest NJCAA poll, end the regular season with a record of 14-3 overall and 13-2 in Region III. Herkimer, the ninth-ranked team in the nation, falls to 13-4 overall and 11-3 in Region III.
The game featured two of the top five individual scorers in the nation, but neither team could find the net until the closing seconds of the first half.
TC3’s Kim Natoli, a Cortland High School alumnus, played a ball from about 40 yards out, finding Danielle Hiza at the top of the box. Hiza, the fifth leading scorer in the nation, put the ball in the net with just 18.5 seconds left, giving TC3 a big lift heading into the break.
The Panthers came out in the second half and looked to take control. Several good rushes on goal resulted in a direct kick for TC3 from just outside the left side of the box. Natoli delivered, bending the ball out of the reach of the Herkimer goalkeeper and into the net for a 2-0 lead.
The final TC3 tally came with 19:10 left to play, when Sarah Lovetre scored from inside the box.
Herkimer’s Dana Gentile, the nation’s leading scorer, spoiled the shutout with a goal in the closing minutes. The tally with 4:31 left to play was the lone time Herkimer could beat Panther goalkeeper Andi Mowry, who registered four saves for the win.
TC3 women now prepare for the upcoming NJCAA Region III playoffs. The Panthers are likely to have a first-round bye when the Region III seedings are announced later today.
TC3 MEN finish out the regular season this afternoon, hosting Cayuga CC from Auburn in a 2 p.m. start in Dryden.




Dragons out-last IC

ITHACA — Senior Kelsey Muka recorded 17 kills as SUNY Cortland out-lasted Ithaca College 30-16, 20-30, 32-30, 24-30, 15-9 in a Tuesday non-league volleyball match-up.
The Red Dragons improved to 21-8 with their second win of the season over Ithaca, the Bombers falling to 21-7.
Cortland junior setter Brittney Horton finished with 50 assists, 15 digs, three kills and seven blocks. Junior Tiffany Chatman added six kills and 10 blocks and senior Alice Kahrs recorded eight kills and six blocks.
Amanda Hubbard led Ithaca with 21 kills and 14 digs.
Cortland will host the SUNY Athletic Conference Eastern Division round robin this weekend at Corey Gymnasium. Action starts at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Cortland will play Plattsburgh (4 p.m.) and SUNYIT (8 p.m.) on Friday, and take on Oneonta (noon), New Paltz (4 p.m.) and Potsdam (6 p.m.) on Saturday.
MUKA WAS selected the SUNYAC Player of the Week.
Lansing High School product Muka averaged 4.2 kills and 2.6 digs per game in 16 games over four matches at the Cortland Invitational. Muka has recorded double-figure kills in each of her last 12 matches.