CORTLAND — Much of Wednesday night’s field hockey game between the Cortland Purple Tigers and the Fayetteville-Manlius Hornets was dominated by the visiting team.
But the Purple Tigers defense made sure it wouldn’t be a disappointing Senior Night as they salvaged a 1-1 tie with the Hornets.
The Hornets dominated possession in the first quarter, but weren’t even able to register a shot on goal. The Purple Tigers’ midfielders and defenders did an excellent job of clogging passing lanes and pressuring ball handlers out of shooting opportunities.
This would become a recurring theme throughout the game, but not in the second quarter, when the field was tilted in the other direction.
At the 6:55 mark of the second, Megan Harrington got the Purple Tigers on the board as she took a centering pass 15 yards in front of the net and rifled it through two defenders.
Once the second half got underway, the Hornets got back to their dominance.
A flurry of shots in the first four minutes, including two penalty corners, eventually resulted in the tying goal as Lucy Fowler returned a kick save by Isabella Smith back into the net.
The Hornets had one last chance to win the game in regulation as they earned a penalty shot with 37 seconds left, but Smith made a stick save to her right, and after an uneventful overtime period, the game finished in a draw.
HOMER GIRLS’ SOCCER TEAM KEEPS WINNING
It’s unfortunate that there won’t be a sectional or state tournament this fall, because the Homer Trojans girls’ soccer team is playing like early favorites.
The Trojans improved to 6-1 with a 2-0 home win over Manlius-Pebble Hill Wednesday.
Gracie Partiarco scored the first goal for the Trojans in the 19th minute, and Edie Russo netted the second goal just 34 seconds into the second half, while Catherine Apker stopped all nine shots she faced.
MPH kept the game competitive, in large part due to goalie Mira Fadda-Conrey making a whopping 21 saves.
“MPH remained relentless the entire match and was able to connect with their forwards to create their opportunities,” Trojans head coach Ben Bowers said. “[Our] defense stepped to the challenge each time and connected well with the midfielders to build up play and create offensive opportunities… The ball was back and forth for the remainder of the night with each team having some opportunities. Mira Fadda-Conrey played great in goal for MPH, as well as their forward players Natalie Storie, and Katherine Mezzalingua.”
Homer faces Tully on Monday.