For the third game in a row, the Cortland Men’s Soccer team scored three goals, as they went on to defeat St. Lawrence 3-1.
Although Cortland found much success in the second half, it was actually St. Lawrence that would find the back of the net first. After a defensive blunder for Cortland, Brendan McNamee sent a shot onto goal, which was saved by Cortland goalkeeper Connor Young. However, McNamee got his own rebound, and sent a strong second shot past an outstretched Young, as the Saints got on the board early.
Play got chippy as time went on, with both teams showing plenty of emotion and hustle with each passing minute. Eventually, St. Lawrence got a little TOO chippy, and this time it occurred inside of the 18-yard box, which allowed for a Cortland penalty kick, their second in as many games. Cortland coach Steve Axtell gave Junior Jake Keller the nod for the PK. Keller took the shot, which was saved beautifully by St. Lawrence goalkeeper, Mike Smith. However, just like St. Lawrence’s lone goal, Keller got his own rebound, and sent Cortland’s first goal of the night into the back of the net to tie the game at one.
The first half came to a close, and the two teams went their separate ways into their respective locker rooms, both eager to get back onto the field and break the tie.
It was Cortland that would break the tie, and they did it quickly. Just 2:54 into the second half, on a perfect corner kick from Miguel Tunas, Ma’Cain Spragling headed a ball past Smith, and the Red Dragons were officially up 2-1.
But, that didn’t seem to be enough for Cortland, who took only 22 seconds (!!) to score their third goal of the game. Their third and final goal was set up by a beautiful through ball from Jake Keller to Migell Ornsby, who wouldn’t be denied by St. Lawrence’s Smith, as he scored his fourth goal of the season.
Although there were no more goals scored in this game, there was still plenty of entertainment. In the 77th minute, St. Lawrence would be handed a red card for a continuation of rough play, leaving them a man down for the rest of the game. In total, there were 34 fouls and 6 cards handed out during the game, 2 cards for Cortland and 4 cards for St. Lawrence, one of which was the aforementioned red card.
The Red Dragons extend their home stand on Friday, when they take on SUNYAC foe Oneonta. Kick off is set for 3 pm at the Jets Field. As always, you can the Cortland Athletics’ page for live stats and video, or, more importantly, you can check back here for another post game recap. There’s only one correct option here, choose wisely.
Records after game: #14 Cortland (6-1); St. Lawrence (2-3-1)
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