CORTLAND — The Cortland boys soccer team picked the right night to snap their three-game scoreless and losing streaks with a 2-0 victory Tuesday over the Auburn Maroons on Senior Night at Moiseichik Field.
Dmytro Onyshchuk scored the first goal in the seventh minute off an assist from Nick Yonta. It would take 52 more minutes of game time for the Purple Tigers to find the back of the net again, though they had plenty of chances to extend the lead in the interim.
The Purple Tigers outshot the Maroons 16-1 and earned seven corners to Auburn’s one, with 10 of those shots and six of those corners coming in the first half.
Eventually, in the 59th minute, a cross deflected off of Max Gambitta’s foot and right to Jack Phelan, who redirected the ball into the Maroons net.
Despite not being able to capitalize on more of their opportunities, Purple Tigers head coach Luke Schweider said his team played the best soccer they had played all year.
“This was definitely one of the best games we’ve played as a team. I think we saw more connected passes, making the right runs, working together with a more positive mindset… Auburn came to play today. It was a much different game than the last time, but looking at our play, we played a lot better… I’m happy with the win and happy with changing our mindset back to that winning mentality.”
Purple Tigers goalie Scott Hourigan was one of the seniors honored before the game. He then turned in a clean sheet where he only needed to make one save, which Schweider credited to the defense in front of him.
“They were our rock today,” Schweider said. “Winning balls out of the air has been something we’ve been working on all season, and today, the amount of 50-50s that we won, and with our back line being strong and defending as a unit, was good to see.
The Purple Tigers stand at 5-4 and need only two wins or one win and one draw to qualify for the NYSPHSAA Section III tournament. Their next game is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fulton, whom Schweider calls their “most equal opponent.”
Stockbridge Valley at DeRuyter, 4:15 p.m.
Dryden at Marathon, 4:30 p.m.
Lansing at Groton, 4:30 p.m.
Moravia at Marathon, time TBD
Fulton at Cortland, 3:30 p.m.
Westhill at Homer, 3:30 p.m.
Cazenovia at Homer, 5 p.m.
Cincinnatus, Onondaga at LaFayette, 4:30 p.m.
Cortland, Oswego at East Syracuse-Minoa, 4:30 p.m.
Homer at Chittenango, 4:30 p.m.
McGraw 2, Madison 0
Jaydon Bassett and Nate Stiles each scored a goal in the second half to give the Eagles the win.
“It was a great total team effort tonight,” Eagles coach Jamey Crumb said. “We didn’t play a great first half, but we created some real nice chances and knew that if we kept the ball on the grass and moved it like we wanted to, then we would finally get a couple. Nolan (Knickerbocker) was solid in goal as usual and Ben (Stull) and Logan (Monroe) were more aggressive as we needed them to be. Our midfield won the battle all night and our forwards did a good job at applying pressure. We can still play better and I hope we keep building from this.”
Dryden 9, Union Springs 0
Nolan Wiek had four goals and three assists, Corey Matesanz had a hat trick and two assists and Cole Goggan and Ben Lee each had a goal as the Lions blanked Union Springs.
Marathon 0, Southern Cayuga 0
Marathon outshot Southern Cayuga 17-4 and earned nine corner kicks but were unable to put one past Brandon Vanacore (eight saves).
Julian Spizzirri made three saves to preserve Marathon’s sixth consecutive shutout.
Cortland 2, Auburn 0
The Purple Tigers evened their record at 3-3 and avenged an earlier loss to Auburn thanks to goals by Maude Terwilliger in the 25th minute and Lilly Call in the 74th minute.
Cincinnatus 6, Stockbridge Valley 0
Kyla Sustad scored four goals, including her 100th varsity goal, in another Lions rout.
Mandi Waltz and Cassia Schuyler each had one goal, and Gabriella Taylor and Cortney Scutt teamed up in goal for a five-save clean sheet.
Dryden 70, Notre Dame-Elmira 69
Dryden improved to 2-4 thanks to wins by Madison Bott (200 IM), Isabella Harmon (100 fly), Grace Walden (500 free) and the 200-meter freestyle relay.
CBA 189, Homer 204
“CBA is undefeated for a reason,” Trojans coach Sean Malone said.
Mitch Riter had another fantastic round with a 33 and Lukas Quinn backed him up with a 37, but CBA had three golfers under 40 to edge past the Trojans.
Jamesville-Dewitt 192, Cortland 207
Punn Chittaratlert (35), Jackson Saroney (37) and Trey Jacobsen (39) led J-D past Cortland.
Cortland’s top scores belonged to Andrew Partigianoni and Caden Congdon, both with 40.
Skaneateles 7, Homer 0
The Lakers improved to 11-0 while Homer fell to 4-6 as the Lakers won every match in straight sets.