October 17, 2012
Purple Tigers topple
The Cortland High boys’ soccer team got off to a slow start that ultimately decided the outcome of Tuesday night’s 3-1 loss to visiting Jamesville-DeWitt.
“J-D played a very well balanced disciplined game,” said Purple Tigers coach Brian Rozewski, whose team is now 3-10 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 5-10 overall. “Our guys came out flat-footed at first, then really started picking up the intensity, but it was just a little too late. I am proud of the way my guys played, they played with heart and never gave up.”
Junior midfielder Eamonn Mahar scored the lone goal on a second-half penalty kick for the Purple Tigers, who got 11 saves from junior goalkeeper Tracey Shelley. The Red Rams, who lead the Freedom National at 6-3-2 and are 7-4-2 overall, got a goal and an assist from forward Mike Mulvihill and one goal each from midfielder Luca Pelligra and forward Xander Ferlenda. They led 2-0 at halftime.
Goalie Nate Sturgeon made six saves as the winners had an 11-6 shot advantage.
Cortland closes out the season Thursday as it travels to Homer Central in a 7 p.m. start at Butts Field.
There was no report on the JV game. The Cortland JVs also close out the season with a road game against Homer Thursday starting at 5 p.m. on Butts Field.
Falcons Top Trojans
Though showing continued improvement, time is running out on Homer Central making sectionals.
The Trojans dropped a 3-0 OHSL Freedom Division decision to visiting Fowler Tuesday night at Butts Field, but it was much better than the 9-1 setback on the Falcons’ pitch back on Sept. 20. Fowler improves to 12-1 in league and 13-1 in overall play. The Trojan slip to 4-9, 4-10-1 overall.
Fowler scored all three of its goals in the first half. Abdulkareem Abdulkareem, Vincent Ndabaruta and Jean-Paul Mboyo were the Falcons to find the back of the net. Abdullah Abdulkareem recorded three saves for the Falcons.
Ian Heath played in goal for Homer in the first half and made four saves. Hiland Bush stepped into the net for second-half action and made five saves.
HOMER JVs played much better in this second encounter with Fowler Tuesday. After losing 5-1 in the first match Sept. 20, the Trojans hosted Fowler last night and the two teams battled to a 0-0 draw. Homer now stands at 11-1-3 overall.
“Fowler is the only team that has beat us this year and has only lost to J-D once, “ Homer coach Chad Totman said. “We knew this was going to be a tough game. Our focus in practice (Monday) was to make sure we didn’t allow Fowler to score as many times as they did the first game. We did just that. We may be the only team to shut them out.
“I thought our defense played an outstanding game,” he added. “Both teams had some great chances to score.”
The best Homer chance came when Jas Singh drove hard inside the box and laid the ball back through the middle where a couple Homer players were. Unfortunately the ball didn’t find its way to the net. Homer had the better of the momentum in the game, starting off very strong and ended very strong while Fowler had some of the momentum in the middle of the match.
Alex Djarfari made eight saves in goal for the Trojans.
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