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ESCAL Soccer: Saints recover nicely breezing by Corning

Bob Ellis/staff photographer

Corning Christian Academy goalie Tanner Fleet and Tony Perkins (2) break up a shot by Peter Hicks (23) of Cortland Christian Academy on Tuesday.

Cortland Christian Academy boys had little trouble recovering from their first loss of this soccer season.

After turning a couple of early Corning Christian defensive miscues into quick goals, the Saints rolled to a 5-1 home field victory in Tuesday afternoon’s Empire State Christian Athletic League contest.

Brandon Totman scored twice as part of a 22-shot attack for the Saints, who improve to 8-1 while recovering from a road loss to the Syracuse Eagles this past Friday.

Cortland Christian grabbed a quick 2-0 lead, starting when a long punt by goalie Jamie Cochran was misjudged. That allowed Totman to break away for the ice-breaker, and a mere 40 seconds later a misplayed clearing attempt enabled Stalone Cochran to put the hosts up 2-0 beating the goalie one-on-one.

Daniel Smith provided some hope for Corning Christian (3-4-1) with a goal scored eight minutes before halftime, but the hosts hiked the lead back to two tallies when Totman converted a penalty kick after a Saint was brought down in the box.

Two second half goals off rebounds wrapped things up for Cortland Christian.

After Corning Christian keeper Tanner Fleet denied a Micah Mowers shot, Micah Ploss cleaned up the rebound for a 4-1 lead. Mowers then got his chance, tucking the ball back into the goal after teammate Reese Sweeney rattled the post with a shot.

Jamie Cochran finished with six saves in goal, but it was the defensive work of Aubrey Murray for the Saints that really stood out. Junior Murray marked dangerous Corning Christian striker Christian Lau for the majority of the afternoon and kept him scoreless. Though Lau got off 11 of the visitor’s 14 shots taken, none provided much of a challenge for keeper Cochran.

CORTLAND CHRISTIAN GIRLS had little trouble taking on a winless Corning Christian squad in the opening game, actually having next year’s starting line-up get things going before going on to post a 4-1 victory.

“Our younger girls matched up very well against their girls,” said Cortland Christian athletic director Nate Cobb, as the Lady Saints are now 7-1-2 this fall.

Scoring just 22 seconds into the game set the tone, that coming after forcing a turnover moments after Corning Christian (0-10) put the ball in play. Tarra Kinney carried the ball down field and set up Emily Nelson for that quick strike.

Just shy of the midway point of the opening half, the Lady Saints scored again when seventh grader Madelynn Weed scored off an assist by eighth grader Chloe Burhans.

Before halftime arrived, Karis Underwood chipped a shot into the Lady Saints goal on one of only three shots taken by Corning Christian.

Cortland Christian pulled away in the second half, getting unassisted goals by Elizabeth Ripley and Ashynn Junker. The Lady Saints fired off 27 shots in the game, keeping Corning Christian goalie Sydne Fransechelli busy making 13 saves.

Cortland Christian girls host Finger Lakes Friday at 4:30 p.m. looking to avenge its lone loss of the season. Both squads are also home this coming Tuesday, Baldwinsville Christian paying that afternoon visit.

In a contest from yesterday, Finger Lakes girls were shut out 2-0 by the Syracuse Eagles.

The ESCAL playoffs are slated to behing Oct. 24 and 25, with the championship games slated for Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Bennett Street fields in McGraw.

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