CORTLAND — Jarisa Temple had a hat trick and one assist — all in the second half — as the Cincinnatus girls soccer team cruised to a 6-0 victory over McGraw Saturday night at SUNY Cortland.
The win moves the Lions’ record to 9-0 and the six goals brings the total number of goals this season as a team to an astonishing 62.
What is most impressive about the final score being 6-0, is that the Lions did not get the offense going until the second half. The Lions controlled much of the first half, but could not find the net. The opportunities were there, but the chances were missed.
Lions head coach Lisa Sustad spoke on what she saw from her players in the first half while adding what adjustments were made in the second half.
“I thought they played great in the first half,” Sustad said. “I thought they just could not connect in the final third of the field. We told them to relax, make better passes and take care of the ball in the final third. Concentrate on getting two or three touches before sending the ball wide.”
Those adjustments certainly worked for the Lions, who opened the scoring in the 53rd minute when Temple ripped a shot from outside the box over Eagles keeper Heather Magee’s head.
Just eight minutes later, Temple laced another shot from outside the box over Magee’s head once again to put the Lions up 2-0.
In the 67th minute, Temple crossed the ball, which bounced around the front of the net, and found the foot of Kyla Sustad, who tapped it in to put the Lions up three.
The Lions’ pressure did not slow down despite the comfortable lead. Cassia Schuyler scored in the 74th minute, assisted by Temple. Kyla Sustad then blew it open as she scored her second goal of the night on a penalty kick after a McGraw handball in the 79th minute.
The star of the night though was Temple, who once again scored a shot from outside the box in the 80th minute for her third goal of the game.
Temple has been a missing piece for the Lions this season and head coach Lisa Sustad knows what Temple brings to the team.
“She is a strong player,” Sustad said. “We have been missing her for a couple of games due to an injury, but she is feeling good and she does really great in the midfield.”
The Lions will look to remain unbeaten as they head to Stockbridge Valley for a clash with the Cougars at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stockbridge Valley Central School.
The Eagles will look to get back in the win column as they will be on the road at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against the Madison Blue Devils at Madison Central School. The Blue Devils are looking for their first win of the season.
DeRuyter 5, Bishop Grimes
Despite struggling in the first half, the Rockets defeated the Cobras 5-0 Saturday evening at DeRuyter Central.
It took the Rockets until the 65th minute to find themselves offensively, but once they did, the offense erupted. Gavin Richardson led the way for the Rockets with a huge game as he scored all five goals. Andrew Glisson added an assist for DeRuyter.
The Rockets are back in action tonight at 4:30 p.m. on the road at Otselic Valley.