November 29, 2021

CHS girls’ soccer team is shut out by Rehm, ES-M again

EAST SYRACUSE — When the Cortland Purple Tigers girls’ soccer team hosted the East Syracuse-Minoa Spartans on Oct. 6, they had no way of stopping eighth-grade striker Leah Rehm, who recorded a hat trick in a 6-0 victory.

On Thursday night, Rehm led the offense against Cortland again, this time with two goals and an assist as part of a 5-0 win at ES-M.

Rehm scored her goals just 29 seconds apart in the first half, one on a solo effort after a bad goal kick and another off a cross from Gianna Coccagnia.

The rest of ES-M’s offense came in a 14-minute span early in the second half. Natalie Peterson scored off a feed from Rehm in the 44th minute, followed by a Jenna Hudgins goal from Coccagnia’s second assist in the 52nd and Angelina Polcaro scoring in the 58th.

“[We] had a much better start against ES-M than the last time [we] played them,” Cortland head coach Ilona Ryan said. “The girls were able to move the ball together and the battle for possession stayed mainly in the middle third of the field for the first 15 minutes minutes. [Our] back line did an excellent job of maintaining a high line and pulling when they started every counterattack. This left ES-M in an offside position multiple times.” ES-M outshot Cortland 29-6 and earned eight corners compared to none for the Purple Tigers.

“There were some clear signs tonight that as a team we are headed in the right direction by playing as one unit offensively and defensively.”

Cortland will host Auburn at 9 a.m. Saturday.


The Purple Tigers golf team dropped a 196-219 decision to the Oswego Buccaneers Wednesday at Oswego Country Club.

Andrew Partigianoni had the top performance for Cortland with an even 40. Five of Oswego’s six golfers, however, shot 40 or better, including Ryan Bartlett with 38 and two others with 39.

Cortland wraps up their season Friday at Willowbrook against Auburn.