November 29, 2021

2 Cortland teams earn spots in finals

SUNYAC Tournament

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The Cortland women’s soccer team opened a 3-0 halftime lead and advanced to the SUNYAC final with a 5-1 victory against Brockport Wednesday afternoon in the conference semifinals. The second-seeded Red Dragons improved to 11- 5-2 and will face top-seeded Geneseo in the title game Saturday. The Knights defeated Plattsburgh, 3-2, in the other semifinal matchup.

The Cortland field hockey team picked up a 2-1 win in double overtime over New Paltz to advance to the SUNYAC championship match as well Wednesday at the Stadium Complex.

WOMEN’S SOCCER Cortland 5, Brockport 1:

Janessa Factor led Cortland with two goals and one assist. Jaden Galluzzo tallied one goal and one assist while Alannah O’Shea and Sabrina Rodrigues each netted a goal. Nina DiNardo, Emily Hinck and Gabrielle Savage recorded one assist apiece.

Danika Svendsen started in goal for the Red Dragons, making two saves in 70:37 before giving way to Lindsey Jolly, who stopped two shots over the final 19:23 in her first collegiate action.

Molly Zientek scored the goal for Brockport (12-7-1). Brylie Hapeman assisted on the goal. Kayla Usborne started in the net for the Golden Eagles, stopping four shots in 66:00. Kimberly Lubanski played the final 24 minutes, registering two saves.

Factor netted her first goal in the 14th minute to open the scoring, taking a through ball from Hinck in the middle of the box and beating Usborne with a low shot. Rodrigues made it 2-0 in the 16th minute. DiNardo served a long pass into the box that Rodrigues ran onto and knocked a shot off Usborne’s hand and inside the left post. Factor’s second goal 4:38 before the half gave Cortland a 3-0 lead as she one-timed a cross from Galluzzo from the middle of the box inside the left post.

The Red Dragons pushed their advantage to 5-0 in the second half with goals just 35 seconds apart. O’Shea blasted a 40-yard shot into the upper left corner at 62:14, and Galluzzo finished off a break-away at 62:49 for her team-high ninth goal of the season. Brockport created two chances that Jolly denied with a save at the left post in the 73rd minute and with a diving stop at the same post in the 77th minute. The Golden Eagles eventually broke through in the 83rd minute when Zientek deposited a 15-yard shot inside the far post.

FIELD HOCKEY Cortland 2, New Paltz 1, 2 OT:

Sara Reardon scored with 5:52 left in the second overtime period to give second-seeded Cortland a 2-1 victory over third-seeded New Paltz in the SUNYAC Field Hockey tournament semifinals. The Red Dragons (16-3) advance to the finals at top-seeded Geneseo on Saturday at a time to be announced.

Cortland extended its school record with its ninth overtime game of the season, and the Red Dragons have won all nine of those contests. New Paltz, which also lost to Cortland in overtime in the regular season, wraps up the season with a 10-8 record. The Hawks were the defending league champion.

Cortland goalie Marisa D’Amico made 11 saves, including four in the first over-time period. New Paltz goalie Mackenzie Mortimer finished with 10 saves, including three in the fourth quarter. Cortland scored on its only shot of either overtime period.

Lily Fox gave the host Red Dragons a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game when she knocked in a rebound after Mortimer stopped a shot by Reardon. The Hawks tied the game with 30 seconds left in the first on a redirection by Natasia Plunkett on a ball hit by Jessica Ascencao.

Cortland had a prime opportunity to take the lead with less than two minutes left in the second quarter when the Red Dragons were awarded a penalty stroke, but Mortimer turned away the attempt to keep the game tied.

The winning goal resulted from a Cortland’s first penalty corner of overtime. Reardon controlled the ball and sent a pass to Hannah Burchell, who returned a pass to Reardon on the right side. Reardon dribbled into the circle and ripped a shot that deflected off a New Paltz defender’s stick and went into the cage for her fourth goal of the season.

Cortland advances to the SUNYAC finals for the third straight year. The Red Dragons lost at New Paltz in last year’s finals and beat New Paltz at home in the 2017 championship game.

MEN’S SOCCER Oneonta 2, Cortland 0:

Witman Hernandez scored a pair of unassisted second-half goals to lift the top-seeded Oneonta men’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory versus fourth-seeded Cortland in the SUNYAC Semifinals Wednesday afternoon. The host Red Dragons, ranked 10th nationally in Div. III, improved to 16-2 on the season and advance to the championship game.

Sean Kelly made six saves for Cortland (8-7-3). Nate Hanna stopped seven shots in posting the shutout for Oneonta.

After a scoreless first half in which Cortland outshot Oneonta, 9-7, and forced Hanna to make five of his saves, Witman scored the game winner in the 73rd minute when he freed the ball away from Kelly and scored from a sharp angle. Just 25 seconds before Witman’s goal, Cortland’s Nevin Nambiar hit the crossbar with his shot.

In the 79th minute, the visiting Red Dragons created an excellent chance to tie the game, but Hanna made a save on Jake Keller’s diving header. Three minutes later, Hernandez struck again for his 22nd goal of the season to make it a 2-0 game.