December 6, 2021

Auburn’s 2nd half outburst sinks Cortland

Both the Cortland Purple Tigers and Auburn Maroons had plenty of offensive opportunities in Friday night’s girls’ soccer season finale at Auburn High.

Unfortunately for the Purple Tigers, their 16 shots were trumped by Auburn’s 29 shots, 11 corner kicks and four goals in a 4-1 loss.

Cortland gave Auburn all it could handle in the first half, with H.S. Girls’ Soccer Maddie Constantino, Alex Gier and Bryanna Aldrich getting quality touches, only to be snuffed out by Auburn goalie Bryn Whitman (eight saves) and her back line.

In the 30th minute, Brooke Reynolds broke the ice by taking advantage of a misplayed ball by Cortland and caught goalie Lauren Mott (21 saves) out of position to put the ball in a wide-open net.

Cortland’s defense recovered nicely, with Maia Quick, Val Gambitta and Hannah Partigianoni all using their speed, strength and footwork to hold the Auburn strikers in check. As the second half progressed, the Purple Tigers drew more and more fouls against the Maroons.

Unfortunately, the Purple Tigers couldn’t quell the Maroons long enough, and in the 54th minute, Sydney Marinelli scored the eventual game winning goal.

While it was the Purple Tigers’ seniors’ last game, Cortland fans were treated to a possible glimpse of the future as freshman Karamia Montalva scored her first varsity goal in the 59th minute.

The celebration was short-lived, however, as Reynolds got the lead back up to two goals just 30 seconds later, deflecting a ball in from the right side of the box.

Amelia Bartolotto wrapped up the scoring in the 76th minute with a goal straight in from a corner kick.

“Despite being down, [we] fought hard until the very end,” Cortland head coach Ilona Ryon said. “We will miss our three seniors dearly and wish them the best of luck. As for the team, we are very grateful for the season and look to improve upon it next year.”