Thursday, November 5, 2009
Cortland FC CHAMPS!
On Saturday October 24th Cortland FC avenged early season setbacks to claim the CCSL playoffs. CFC found themselves behind in the standings after starting their season 0-1-1 after their first two games. Playing a man down for much of the second half CFC was content with a 1-1 tie against ESF. A week later more disappointment as Ithaca prevailed 4-2. Eventually CFC got back on the winning track with home wins against Oswego 3-0 and a narrow escape of Cornell 3-2. To clinch the regular season championship CFC traveled to Syracuse on a cold and rainy Saturday morning and climbed from an early 1-0 deficit to triumph a 3-1 victory on perhaps one of the sloppiest field conditions the players ever have faced. In the semi-finals of the tournament CFC continued their winning streak by seeking revenge for their early season loss as they once again overcame and early deficit to beat rival Ithaca 2-1 in part 2 of Cortaca. Redemption was on mind for the Championship game against ESF. CFC had been winless in their last three meetings (0-0, 1-2OT, 1-1) including last years early exist in the semi finals. CFC found the back of the net within the first two minutes of play and never looked back as they went on to rout ESF 4-0 and continuing their 138 straight minutes without allowing a goal. This was a great way to end the season with a 5-1-1 record in front of a home crowd for CFC, as they repeated as League Champions and won the CCSL playoffs.