CORTLAND — Monday’s relentless downpour put an early stop to the Cortland girls soccer team’s game with the Chittenango Bears, but not before the Purple Tigers earned a 3-1 win at Moiseichik Field.
The game was called at halftime and was considered an official game because the teams were able to complete the first half. The weather was certainly a factor the entire half, as the teams were playing in a very large puddle. Both teams struggled to move the ball, especially in the midfield, something Purple Tigers head coach Ilona Ryon knows hurt the flow of the game.
“So many times, the girls went to pass the ball and it wouldn’t go more than two or three feet,” Ryon said. “It happened to them (Chittenango) as well, they were dribbling with speed and then all of a sudden, the ball got caught up. It definitely changed our gameplay because we like to pass to each other. This made us have to look to lift the ball more or dribble on our own.”
Despite the conditions, Mallory Turner opened up the scoring for Cortland in the 12th minute and Maude Terwilliger followed up with a goal of her own in the 14th minute.
The Purple Tigers stuck to their game even though the conditions looked to mess up their groove.
“The first goal was just well struck and placed in the corner,” Ryon said. “Dry or wet, that was really impossible to save. She struck it well and it had enough speed power behind it to keep going.”
“We have been working on crashing the net and sending passes diagonally around the goal so it can get dangerous when we are in the scoring area,” Purple Tigers assistant coach Ryan Bilodeau said. “They showed that practice makes permanent.”
The Bears would answer in the 19th minute with a goal from Madison Wagner which made it 2-1.
The weather forced teams to trade possessions frequently for the next 20 minutes until Turner broke free from the defense in the 38th minute to score and give the Purple Tigers a 3-1 lead.
Next up for Cortland is a tough test as they take on the East Syracuse-Minoa Spartans at 7 p.m. tonight at Moiseichik Field.
The Spartans are currently ranked No. 2 in Section III Class A. The Purple Tigers will look to come out, play well and convert on chances for all 80 minutes.
“Any opportunities we get, we have to finish them,” Ryon said. “If we get say, five opportunities, we have to finish at least three. We also have to be prepared for their speed up top.”
“We also need to come and play our game,” Bilodeau said. “So many times, when teams play a strong opponent, teams will make a decision to immediately start with a defensive mindset. We are a good team too; we just need to go out and do our thing.”
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