October 23, 2007


TC3 women tripped up, Panther men also ousted


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
TC3’s Kaycee Nedrow (left) heads off Hudson Valley’s Maria Murrisky in the first half of Tuesday’s Region III quarterfinal soccer match in Dryden. TC3 was tripped, 2-1.

DRYDEN — The Tompkins Cortland Community College women’s soccer team’s season came to a sudden close in the NJCAA Region III quarterfinals Tuesday evening.
The Panthers were upset victims to Hudson Valley CC 2-1.
TC3, ranked fifth in the nation and seeded second for the regional tournament, ends the season with a record of 14-4 overall and 13-3 in regional play. Hudson Valley, the tournament’s seventh seed, improves to 11-5-1 overall and 10-4-1 in regional play.
In the biggest upset of the tournament so far, TC3 fell behind early on a rainy and windy night. Just eight minutes into the game, Hudson Valley’s Shannon Goyer scored on a header, popping the ball up over TC3 keeper Andi Mowry. The score remained 1-0 after a sluggish first half.
Early in the second half, TC3 evened the score. Rasmita Taylert worked the ball down the right side, playing a cross to Danielle Hiza in front of the goal. Hiza scored on a sliding kick to even the score at 1-1 in the 58th minute.
Over the next 25 minutes, TC3 seemed to have the better of play, but neither team put together any serious scoring chances until Hudson Valley scored the game-winner. With 7:10 left on the clock, Brenna Mereness worked her way down the left side, beat the defense and fired a low shot past Mowry that hit the post and bounced in.
With the win Hudson Valley advances to the semifinal round for a game against third-seed Herkimer CC Saturday at 12:15 p.m. TC3 is the host for the men’s and women’s semifinals Saturday and finals Sunday.
TC3 MEN were beaten in the Region III quarterfinals at Genesee CC Tuesday, the Panthers blanked by the host 2-0.
TC3 ends the season with a record 11-6-1. Genesee improves to 15-5.
In a rematch of a tight 1-0 Genesee win earlier this month, the two teams went into the half scoreless. Unfortunately for the sixth seeded Panthers, the home team put two in the net in the second half to advance to the regional semifinal Saturday.
Genesee will play second-seed Herkimer CC at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at TC3.
THE TC3 ALUMNI Association will host a homecoming tailgate party on Saturday. The event is timed to coincide with the NJCAA Region III championships, hosted by TC3.
The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include a chicken barbeque by the Dryden Rotary Club. Four playoff soccer games will be played during the day on TC3’s new turf field. Semifinals for the women’s tournament will be at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., followed by men’s semifinals at 2:30 and 4:45 p.m.
Alumni who RSVP can get free tickets to the soccer games. Free guided tours of the new athletic facility will be offered at noon. For more information on the events, contact the alumni office at 844.8222, Ext. 4369 or



Eagles get off to strong start

McGRAW — “The rain never stopped, and neither did McGraw.”
That’s how McGraw Central coach Dave Law summed up his third-ranked defending champions’ 3-0 win Tuesday over No. 14 Madison in the first round of the Section 3 Class D girls’ soccer tournament, in a rematch of last year’s championship contest.
“We pretty much ran all over Madison, possessing the ball on both ends of the field,” said Law, whose team is now 17-1-1 heading into another home game, tentatively set for Thursday, in the quarterfinals against the winner of today’s game between No. 11 Sackets Harbor and No. 6 Remsen. “There was a light rain through the entire game, and surprisingly the field was in very good shape, with no wet holes and very little mud. The footing was very good. If we stay off it for a day we should be able to play on it again Thursday.”
It was the 13th shutout of the season for McGraw, whose goalkeeper, Chelsea Hayes, was called on to make one save (to four for Madison’s Caitlyn Smith) as the winners had a 12-4 shot advantage.
Madison finished 7-12 on the year.
Nicole Law opened the scoring just 1:06 in off a cross from Monica Byron, who Dave Law “came through with her best game of the season.” Law, the coach’s daughter, scored her team-high 35th goal of the season (to go with 12 assists) with 26:14 left in the first half to make it 2-0, again off an assist by Byron, who now has 12 on the season.
Nicole Law almost made it 3-0 later in the half, Smith grabbing a header after Law had received a cross from Kierra Mack.
Byron capped the scoring with 15:05 left in the game, scoring her fifth goal of the season after a cross from Kristen Guy (12 assists), who got the ball back after taking a corner kick.
“I’ve got to give credit to the entire team,” Dave Law said. “They all came out ready to play. The footing was still pretty good, so we kept our passing game going. Monica had her best game, and it was one of those games in which Nicole never tired. I moved her all over the field as other players tired and she just kept going, never giving up on the ball.
“Everyone wants to know who Tory Finton is and where she came from. Early in the season I referred to her as our secret weapon,” the coach added. “She has played a few different positions, lately mostly at stopper. Overall, we have a potent offensive team with a good number of scorers... who do you want to mark?”
RAIN CLAIMED the other two games involving local Central Counties League squads, both of which were postponed until today.
No. 5 DeRuyter (14-2-1) will host No. 12 Oriskany (7-8-2) at 3 p.m., while No. 9 Cincinnatus (12-6) travels to face No. 8 Belleville-Henderson (11-5-1) in a 2:30 p.m. start.




Another Cortland shutout

Despite performing in driving rain, SUNY Cortland women were still able to post their fourth consecutive soccer shutout Tuesday afternoon.
Junior Alyssa Cerroni scored a pair of goals and assisted on a third as the Red Dragons stormed to a 4-0 non-league victory over SUNY Farmingdale on the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex White Field.
Senior goalie Megan Thayer needed just one save to earn her second shutout of the season, Cortland with a commanding 14-4 edge in shots taken.
The Red Dragons improved to 10-5-2 with the win and have posted a 7-0-1 record in their last eight games, while the Rams fell to 11-6.
Sophomore Nicole Bader and freshman Carly Williams each collected a goal for Cortland, and freshman Kelsey Allen tied a school record with three assists. The last Red Dragon to have three assist was Kelsey Geary against Potsdam in 2003.
Farmingdale had the first opportunity in the game in the 11th minute.
Sophomore Amanda Biondi hit a long, high shot that Thayer deflected with her outstretched hands. The ball hit the crossbar once, bounced in the air and hit the bar a second time before Thayer controlled it in the box.
Cerroni scored the game’s first goal in the 36th minute when she one-timed a loose ball into the left side of the goal. Allen sent a corner kick into the box that caromed off goalie Kimberly Sontag’s hands right to Cerroni, who scored her second of the season.
Less than five minutes later, Cerroni made it 2-0 as she again one-timed a corner kick from Allen into the left side of the net.
In the 46th minute, the Rams had a chance to cut the lead in half, but sophomore Kristine Ostrem’s bid from eight yards out just missed the top left corner and hit the outside of the net.
Williams made it a 3-0 score in the 58th minute when she deposited a shot into the upper right corner from the top of the box.
Bader finished the scoring in the 79th minute. Allen served a long free kick toward the top of the box that Bader flicked with a header that found its way inside the right post.