It was a tough night as both the Cortland High boys’ and girls’ soccer teams dropped one goal games to Central Square on a rainy, cool Thursday.
The Purple Tigers’ boys fell 3-2 to the Red Hawks in SCAC Empire Division action on Moiseichik Field while the Cortland ladies dropped a 4-3 game at Central Square.
Central Square boys 3, Cortland 2:
Cortland (2-8-1 league, 3-8-2 overall) came back from 1-0 and 2-1 de cit to tie the game, but Bryce Koagel’s score in the 72nd minute proved to be the game-winner for Central Square (5-4-1, 6-5-1).
Matt Hermann gave Central Square a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute of play with Koagel assisting. Eight minutes later, Cortland knotted the score at 1-1. Nick Yonta got the ball to Martin Monroe who finished strong for the equalizer.
The Red Hawks took a 2-1 lead on an unassisted goal by Logan Foster.
Cortland tied the game at 2-2 in the 43rd minute. Nick Litzenberger converted a pass from Monroe.
It was 29 minutes later when Koagel netted the game-winning goal and the Purple Tigers could not respond a final time.
Central Square held a 14-9 shot advantage and the Red Hawks took five corner kicks to Cortland’s two. Donovan Hartnett made six saves in the Purple Tiger goal. Kody Haywood had four saves for Central Square.
Cortland will be back in SCAC Empire Division action Tuesday. The Purple Tigers travel to Fulton for a 6:30 p.m. game.
Central Square girls 4, Cortland 3:
Cortland (7-4 league, 9-4 overall) grabbed the lead nine minutes into the game on a header by Lillian Quick off a Tori Cruz free kick from the right side of the field.
Central Square (9-1, 10-1) responded with four unanswered goals on the damp field.
“Central Square did a good job of stepping in front of us and winning the ball in the first half,” Cortland coach Ilona Ryon said. “When we scored, that fired Central Square up and they were sending through balls and getting crosses across the goal mouth. We got lucky when Emma Hermann hit the post. Finally one of Kora Keohane’s crosses that went across the goal mouth was met by Ashley Concolino. Cortland couldn’t seem to generate an attack and Central Square kept coming up the sides.”
Concolino game-tying goal came 13:20 into the game. Keohane put the Red Hawks on top 2-1 with 15:29 remaining in the first half with a left-footed shot under the cross bar off a free kick. Hermann gave Central Square a 3-1 lead with 3:12 left until halftime. Hermann found the back of the net off a loose ball scramble in the box.
Allyson Isereau increased the Central Square lead to 4-1 eight minutes into second half play.
Cortland didn’t fold up its tent and began mounting a comeback bid.
“The second half was a completely different story for us,” Ryon said. “We connected on passes and attacked with a great sense of urgency. Liz Decker was key in winning some loose balls. Grace Call did a great job taking Keohane out of the game by marking her wherever she went. Ella Quick returned to the midfield position in the second half and helped us attack with her speed up the left side.”
The Purple Tigers cut the deficit to 4-2 with 21:25 remaining in the game. Cruz got an unassisted goal as she crossed the ball and it deflected off a Central Square body and into the goal.
With 14:43 left, the Purple Tigers climbed to within 4-3. Cruz sent a free kick into the box and Lillian Quick was able to notch her second goal of the game off another header. Cruz missed a game-tying attempt as did Ella Quick on a 1v1 chance and the Central Square got away with a one goal victory.
Central Square had a 12-8 advantage in shots with Cortland holding a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Marissa Gilmore made seven saves for Cortland. Samantha Haley had five saves for Central Square.
Cortland will be back on the road in SCAC Empire Division action Tuesday. The Purple Tigers travel to Fulton for a 4:30 p.m. game.