December 1, 2021

Purple Tigers’ squads gain split with Oswego

Photos by Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Talk about your strong starts.

The Cortland High girls’ soccer team scored six goals in the first half of its season-opener against visiting Oswego Thursday on Moiseichik Field and didn’t allow the Buccaneers a single shot during the game.

The end result was a 7-0 SCAC Empire Division win for CHS.

The Purple Tiger boys, meanwhile, opened their season with a 1-0 loss to visiting Oswego.


Cortland 7, Oswego 0: “It was a fantastic season-opening game for us,” Cortland coach Ilona Ryon said. “We dominated possession of the ball and connected on crosses to score early. Our new back line did an excellent job. Kayla Swartwood had a great debut in her first varsity game, shutting down Oswego’s forwards. Caleigh Chase stepped up to join Maia Quick in the center back position.

“Kathryn Aumick helped us counter- attack by pressing forward and serving the ball back into the box. Our goal- keeper, Marissa Gilmore, was a good vocal leader in the back, coming off the line to help maintain possession and move the ball forward.”

Oswego didn’t manage any shots in the contest while the hosts had 20 shots, Buccaneers goalie Emma Burger with seven saves.

Tori Cruz had two goals and an assist and Lillian Quick two goals, including the first tally of the game eight minutes in, to lead the way for the Purple Tigers. Kaitlin Pratt had a goal and an assist while Liz Decker and Tora Edwards scored once each, Ella Quick and Baylor McCutcheon with one assist each.

CHS visits Syracuse Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. start at Nottingham.

THE CORTLAND JVS got things started with a 7-3 win over Oswego. Kiersten Merritt led the way with three goals and two assists, Lilly Call scored twice, Aliza McCormick had a goal and an assist and Mallory Turner had one goal. Goalie Richelle Gleason made four saves.

“Our defensive line did a wonderful job of getting the ball wide and up the line to our offense,” Purple Tigers coach Rebecca Alteri said. “Richelle had some great saves and good placement when distributing the ball to her teammates.”

The JVs take on Syracuse East Tuesday at Nottingham (Kimber Road) starting at 4:30 p.m.


Oswego 1, Cortland 0: It only took one play for the visitors to head back north with a season-opening win.

Ryan Bakos converted a corner kick from Collin Dohse at the midway mark of the second half to give the Buccaneers the 1-0 SCAC Empire Division win on Moiseichik Field.

Cortland’s Nick Litzenberger, front, controls the ball ahead of Oswego defender Restern Bouffard during the first half of the visiting Buccaneers’ 1-0 season-opening win Thursday on Moiseichik Field.

“We maintained possession for most of the game but just couldn’t find the back of the net,” Purple Tigers coach Luke Schweider said. “They linked passes together and changed the point of attack. Oswego’s back line made it tough for our striker to get in. Our back four did a great job of preventing attacks and adding to the build up.”

CHS had a 6-4 shot advantage in the game and got three saves from goalie Donovan Hartnett. The Buccaneers’ Kyle Familo stopped two shots to earn the shutout. The hosts also had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

Cortland hosts PSLA at Fowler Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. following the JV team’s 4:30 p.m. season-opener, also against PSLA at Fowler.