CORTLAND — The Cortland Purple Tigers fended off a shorthanded but pesky Greene Trojans squad to come away with a 3-0 victory in boys soccer action Tuesday at Moiseichik Field.
Derek Myers, Jack Phelan and Max Gambitta each scored a goal for the Purple Tigers. Myers’s goal came in the fifth minute on a ripper of a set piece from 50 yards out, and Phelan scored two minutes later off a feed from Dmytro Onyschuk.
With the Trojans carrying only two substitutes, the fast start could have been a sign of doom for the visitors.
Instead, the Trojans, playing with house money, ratcheted up the pressure in the offensive third. They drew eight corner kicks to Cortland’s one, and fired off 10 shots overall, five of which had to be stopped by Cortland goalie and senior captain Scott Hourigan.
The Purple Tigers’ fast start was a little too fast, according to head coach Luke Schweider.
“It seemed like we were trying to speed up play too much, instead of settling down a little bit and possessing the ball,” Schweider said. “That was our halftime talk. Control possession, especially with the other team being shorthanded. The more we possess, the more tired they get and the easier our game gets.”
One of Hourigan’s saves came midway through the first half on a leaping effort to tip the ball over the crossbar with his fingertips.
That was the closest Greene came to paydirt, and with less than 10 seconds left in the match, Max Gambitta put the icing on the cake with a tap-in of a rebound after David Kelchner’s initial shot inside the 18-yard box was denied by Trojans goalie Jesse Ledford (five saves).
The Purple Tigers improved to 2-0 with the win, eclipsing their win total from the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Throughout the game they appeared to be playing with more energy than at any point in 2020. Schweider has seen noticeable improvement from last year, and even though he feels there are still things to work on, the fact that they are 2-0 gives his squad plenty of time to tidy things up and potentially make a postseason run.
“They put in the hard work,” Schweider said. “This is a good group of guys who are very coachable. We’ve got a good set of leaders out there … they’re scoring goals, which is what we’ve been lacking the past two seasons … there’s a lot of opportunities for more growth and to compete against the larger schools in our league.”
Up next for the Purple Tigers is the DeRuyter Booster Club Kickoff Tournament Friday and Saturday at DeRuyter. The Purple Tigers will face McGraw at 3 p.m. Friday, and the winner of that match will face the winner of DeRuyter and Solvay Saturday.
McGraw 6, Madison 1
Jackson Card racked up four goals and Nate Stiles and Jackson Pitcher each had one as the Eagles cruised to victory.
“We had opportunities early and often and should have doubled our first half score. We were able to get to the endline, creating 13 corner kicks, and finally put some away in the second half,” Eagles coach Jamey Crumb said. “Madison is usually a very physical team and they are just young, but played well.”
The Eagles outshot Madison 24-12 and drew 13 corner kicks to Madison’s two.
Marathon 4, Groton 0
Marathon evened its record at 1-1 with a home victory over Groton.
Braeden Morrison and Kaiden Cornell each scored two goals and had one assist.
The Olympians outshot the Indians 20-5, but the Indians earned all four corner kicks in the match.
Jacob Byron (one save) and Julian Spizzirri (three saves) split goalkeeping duties for the Olympians and earned a combined clean sheet. Groton goalie Lucas Darling made seven saves.
Groton returns to action at 4:30 p.m. Thursday when they host Southern Cayuga. Marathon’s next game is at 4:30 p.m. Friday when it hosts Watkins Glen.
Cincinnatus 11, Stockbridge Valley 1
Kyla Sustad scored six goals and Jarisa Temple added a hat trick as the Lions cruised to another victory.
Madelyn Pittsley and Cassia Schuyler had the other tallies for the Lions, who outshot Stockbridge Valley 26-6 and drew nine corner kicks to Stockbridge’s two.
Gabriella Taylor made four saves in net for the Lions before being relieved by Courtney Scutt, who made one save.
The Lions’ next match is at 4:30 p.m. Friday at McGraw.
Homer 7, Bishop Grimes 0
The Trojans (2-1) took three doubles matches by forfeit and won the other four matches in straight sets.
In singles action, Emma Effinger defeated Sofia Ziankoski, 6-4, 6-1; Eila Spanbauer defeated Riley Broton, 6-1, 6-2; and Charlotte Wallis defeated Julia Simo, 6-4, 6-1.
The one doubles match that was played saw Georgianna Goodwin and Georgia Wallis defeat Ashlee Brisson and Kristina Kovar, 6-1, 6-1.