October 23, 2021

Undermanned Cortland gets tough, beats Auburn

AUBURN — The Cortland Purple Tigers field hockey team saved perhaps its most memorable performance of the season for their last game.

With no reserves and even losing a player to injury, the Purple Tigers still mustered a 1-0 victory over the Auburn Maroons H.S. Field Hockey Thursday at Auburn High.

Rachel Kline scored the lone goal for the Purple Tigers in the third quarter on a give-and-go breakaway with Delia Blair.

Every one of the 12 players the Purple Tigers had on hand contributed, including one junior varsity player. But once Claire Dearie suffered an injury in the fourth quarter that required medical attention, the pressure was turned up even more.

But defensive back Kylie Davie stole the show by preventing the Maroons from even getting a shot on goal in the man-down situation, leading to the sweetest victory of the season in the finale of a challenging year.

“All in all [we] played a great game with a few players out because of quarantine and others out with season ending injuries,” Cortland head coach Nicole Latham said. “We did the best we could with all of those factors coming in to play at once.”

Latham also lauded the effort of her seniors. “I have coached these seniors some of them for four seasons and it has really been a pleasure to watch them grow and mature into great players,” she said.