December 2, 2021

Bair’s pair of goals key Cortland win

SCAC-OHSL Field Hockey

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Homer goalkeeper Tasie Fox (92) denied this scoring attempt by Cortland’s Abby Ricottilli (12) as her Trojan teammates look on during eld hockey action Wednesday on George Butts Field. Cortland won the game, 4-0, despite Fox making 28 saves for Homer.

Delia Bair scored twice in the first half to help the Cortland High varsity field hockey team post a 4-0 non-league victory over Homer on George Butts Field Wednesday. The Purple Tigers improved to 4-3-1 overall. The Trojans dropped to 0-8 overall.

“Last night’s game was great,” Cortland coach Nicole Latham said. “It is always fun to play Homer because many of the girls on their team I have also coached over the summer or winter so it is fun to share that with them. Lots of hugs going through the handshake line at the end of the game. The players even call each other by their first names on the field things like “Good save Tasie! (the Homer goalie)” and “Great block Stella,” it is really cool seeing both teams support each other that way. Often times Cortland Homer games are seen as rivalry games, but with us it’s just a lot of fun with a great group of girls who have all known each other since they were little. They have all played with and against each other for a long time and have seen each other grow over the years.”

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Cortland’s Delia Bair (right) and Gabriella State (11) apply pressure as Homer’s Stella Stockwin tries to clear the ball Wednesday.


“We have been practicing getting the ball up the field and hitting it sooner than we have been,” Homer coach Kris Wakula said. “They were able to take advantage of some fast breaks. We almost got some shots on goal, we just couldn’t make it happen. Cortland did a great job dodging and had several hard, accurate hits.”

In addition to Bair’s two point effort, Rachel Kline led Cortland with three points after scoring one goal and handing out two assists.

Bair got Cortland on the board early. She collected her first goal off an assist from Abby Ricottilli just 3:19 into the the game. Bair made it 2-0 with 11:18 left until halftime with Kline getting the assist. Makayla Cotterill closed out the first half scoring with 4:16 remaining until the break. Cotterill gave the Purple Tigers a 3-0 left as Kline picked up her second assist.

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Homer’s Sara Cargen (13) jumps out of the way of Hannah McMasters clearing the ball for the Trojans as Cortland’s Rachel Kline (4) defends Wednesday in field hockey action on George Butts Field. Cortland won the game 4-0.


The scoring pace slowed down in the second half, but Cortland did add one more goal with 13:40 left in the game. Kline found the goal with an assist from Claire Dearie.

Cortland had a solid 32-1 advantage in shots. The Purple Tigers had 10 penalty corner opportunities while Homer had none. Tasie Fox made 28 saves in the Trojans’ goal. Morgan Zimmer was not tested for the Purple Tigers.

Homer will return to OHSL Division action this afternoon. The Trojans travel to Port Byron-Union Springs for a 4:30 p.m. game. Cortland will travel to Clinton Friday for a non-league game at 5 p.m.