December 8, 2021

Senior night victory

Cortland girls soccer gets comeback win over Oswego

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Cortland’s Val Gambitta takes a shot during Thursday’s girls soccer game against Oswego. Cortland won the game, 2-1.

CORTLAND — The Cortland girls soccer team got back into the win column with a 2-1 victory over the Oswego Buccaneers on senior night Thursday evening at Moisechik Field.

Purple Tiger seniors Kirsten Merritt, Caleigh Chase, Alex Gier, Maia Quick, Ella Quick and Soleil Gutchess were all honored prior to the match for their time with the program.

“These seniors have been with me since they were freshman and they are such a great group of girls on and off the field,” Cortland head coach Ilona Ryon said. “They are on things in the offseason, and then when they decide to turn it on, there is no stopping them.”

The Buccaneers looked to play spoiler as Isabella Koproski found the net in the opening 30 seconds of the game to put the pressure on early.

In the 18th minute, the Purple Tigers would answer, as Gutchess ripped one past the keeper to score on her senior night to tie the game at one.

Though it was a tie heading into the second half, Ryon knew her team had to be better in the second half to come out with the victory.

“I could feel our energy was not up where it needed to be right from the start and we were playing timid in the first half,” Ryon said. “Oswego, being the aggressive team that they are, capitalized on our shyness.”

Cortland came out and controlled much of the second half with possession, but struggled to find the net. A few chances from Gutchess barely missed the back of the net as well as a header from Lily Call.

With 38 seconds remaining, the Purple Tigers would finally capitalize. The ball bounced around just outside the net when Val Gambitta finally found the ball and crossed it in front of the net to Karamia Montalvo, who tapped it in for the game winner.

The Purple Tigers remained consistent with their attack, especially in the second half and it paid off in the end. Ryon explained what went differently that allowed them to secure the victory.

“We were able to fight back and play more aggressively,” Ryon said. “Our speed, we had a lot of speed on the outside.”

Next up for Cortland is a home match at 10 a.m. Saturday against Syracuse United.

Marathon 4, Groton 1
Delta Barber led the Olympians to their 12th win of the season with two goals and an assist. Lindsay Courtney and Abby Ensign each added a goal for the Olympians, while Mattison Lacey had the lone tally for the Indians.

The Olympians finish their regular season on Tuesday at Watkins Glen.

Cincinnatus 10, DeRuyter 1
Keely Worlock put the Rockets in front in the fourth minute, but it was all Lions from there as Kyla Sustad scored six goals to help the Lions to another lopsided win and push their record to 12-1.

Cassia Schyler added a brace, Jarisa Temple had a goal and two assists and Peyton Stith capped off the scoring in the 78th minute for Cincy.


Oswego 1, Cortland 0
Cortland outshot Oswego 15-9 and earned 11 corner kicks, but Coby Stubbe’s goal in the 79th minute sunk the Purple Tigers.

Dryden 16, Moravia 0
Ten different players scored for the Lions on Senior Night, including Nolan Weik and Corey Matesanz with four goals each.

“We played well,” Lions head coach Laszlo Engel said. “The emotion of the night got them all revved up. Moravia worked hard and never gave up at all. The boys from both teams all had a nice chat after the game with each other too. It was nice to see.”

Today’s schedule

Marcellus at Cortland, 6:30 p.m.

Dryden at Whitney Point, 4:30 p.m.
Marathon at Moravia, 4:30 p.m.
Groton at Trumansburg, 7 p.m.

Fabius-Pompey at McGraw, 4:30 p.m.
Homer at C-NS, 5:30 p.m.

Marathon at Moravia, 4:30 p.m.

Cincinnatus at Newark Valley, 4 p.m.