December 2, 2021

Cortland boys soccer shut out for 2nd day in a row

CORTLAND — For the second night in a row, the Cortland High boys soccer team was unable to get on the board, getting shut out by the Jamesville-Dewitt Red Rams 5-0 Tuesday evening.

During Tuesday’s setback, the Purple Tigers managed just two shots on goal and struggled to find a legitimate scoring chance.

On the other end, the Red Rams finished with 22 shots as they consistently found holes in the Purple Tigers defense, which head coach Luke Schweider credited to the ball movement of the Red Rams.

“They just move the ball faster at a level we strive to get to, but we just don’t have the ability to do that yet,” Schweider said. “When you can move the ball that fast, there’s going to be gaps in the defense.”

Though the Purple Tigers gave up five goals, starting goalie Scott Hourigan played particularly well. Two of the goals given up by the Purple Tigers were own goals. The first came at the 37th minute and the next at the 54th minute. Both were the result of deflections off of Purple Tigers defenders.

Hourigan made a very nice save at the 39th minute as he extended to stop Red Rams attacker Ryan Brazell’s shot, which was rebounded right to the foot of Aiden Scott, who scored the goal.

The final two goals for the Red Rams were scored by Ntumba Mwepo at the 62nd minute and Samuel Bobrek at the 64th minute.

Schweider spoke highly on the performance and leadership of Hourigan despite the loss.

“Scott was great, just his energy from the back was,” Schweider said. “He’s got the heart and drive to keep working even though we’re down five. That’s why he’s a captain. We made him a captain at the end of last season. He’s on top of our guys when they aren’t doing their job, but when they are doing their job; he’s praising them with positive feedback.”

It has been a tough back-to-back nights for the Purple Tigers, but Schweider knows what they must do to bounce back and perform well next time out.

“Shake it off, its two tough games, back-to-back no goals,” Schweider said “I don’t think we’re connecting on the passes we need to. We need to slow down play, keep the ball at our feet and be comfortable.”

Next up for the Purple Tigers is a road match Thursday night at Central Square.