October 30, 2013
Cortland women boot Wilkes, 1-0
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Marathon High grad Rachel Parker (10) of SUNY Cortland heads the ball away from Alicia Roberts (25), of Wilkes University, Tuesday. Parker scored the lone goal in the 1-0 Red Dragons victory.
The first goal scored this soccer season by Rachel Parker proved to be an important one for SUNY Cortland women.
The junior out of Marathon came up with that vital tally in the opening half of Tuesday afternoon’s non-conference tussle at Jets Field, giving the hosting Red Dragons a 1-0 victory over Wilkes University to wind up the regular season.
Cortland will now head into the SUNY Athletic Conference playoffs with an 8-4-5 overall record.
On the game-winning goal, sophomore Jessica McFadden carried the ball down the left side and sent a pass into the box. Parker ran onto the ball and struck a one-time shot from 15 yards out that went to the right of Wilkes keeper Kate Mahoney in the 18th minute.
Freshman goalie Rachel Axt made that goal stand up, coming up with three saves in posting her seventh shutout of the season.
The visiting Lady Colonels (9-6-3) nearly came up with the equalizer with four and a half minutes remaining. Sophomore Megan Binder served a corner kick into the middle of the box where freshman Samantha Hockley sent a header over Axt and off the crossbar.
The ball bounced back into play and Hockley shot the rebound wide of the goal.
The third-seeded Red Dragons return to action on Saturday when they host sixth-seed Geneseo in a SUNYAC quarterfinal round playoff game at 1 p.m. on Jets Field.
- SUNY Cortland goalie Mairead Hourihan was named the SUNYAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week. She is the fifth different Red Dragon to earn a SUNYAC field hockey weekly honor this season.
Making her first two collegiate starts, the freshman out of Lakeland High School recorded a combined 13 saves in league wins over New Paltz and Oneonta.
Mourihan made five saves, the last with 36 seconds left, in a 3-2 win over New Paltz as Cortland clinched the SUNYAC regular-season title. She then made eight saves in a double-overtime 3-2 win versus Oneonta as the nationally 16th-ranked Red Dragons finished the SUNYAC regular season unbeaten.
Cortland (11-2 overall) will play at St. Lawrence on this afternoon and will host Houghton on Friday at 4 p.m. to complete the regular season The Red Dragons will host the four-team SUNYAC postseason tournament Nov. 8-9 and will face Oneonta in the semifinals on the opening day at 11 a.m.
- SUNY Cortland senior Mike Kelly and sophomore Nikki Bermudez were the SUNYAC Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Runners of the Week, respectively.
Kelly finished first out of 24 runners in the men’s 5,000-meter race at the Cornell University John Reif Memorial Run. The Longwood High graduate posted a winning time of 16:32.7, more than three seconds faster than the runner-up.
Bermudez, from Lindenhurst, was Cortland’s top finisher at Cornell with a 32nd-place time of 20:01.3 over 5,000 meters. A total of 61 runners competed in the non-team scoring event.
Cortland will compete at the SUNYAC Championships on Saturday in Fortin Park in Oneonta. The women’s 6,000-meter race is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the men’s 8,000-meter race is at noon.
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