Cortland Tigers men's soccer still chasing their first win of the season

Cortland, Nickolas Litzenberger passing through defenders. (Camilo Fredes/Cortland Voice).

After losing by the minimum (0-1) against Jamesville-DeWitt at home last night, the Tigers are still chasing their first win of the season.

After last night's loss, Cortland is now 0-3 in the regular season.

Overall, it was a close and physical game.

"Our game plan against JD was that we knew they run a 4-4-2 so we ran a 4-2-3-1 in order to outnumber them through the middle," said Cortland head coach, Luke Schweider. "We were trying to work the ball in the middle and quickly work it outside and attack diagonal runs to goal. It definitely started to work. We had our opportunities but we just need to capitalize them."

Both teams had plenty of opportunities throughout the game.

Cortland, Cody Benner throwing the ball in. (Camilo Fredes/Cortland Voice).

However, the Red Rams took advantage of a defensive mistake from the Tigers to score the only goal of the game in the 30th minute of the first half, making it 0-1.

Coming into the second half, the Tigers seemed to be more aggressive with and without the ball by applying more pressure in the midfield and barely letting balls get through their back line.

They were also getting more touches and passes through the Ram's defense. But unlucky they were not able level the game out.

"Every game we had so far, we were more physical than the other team and it goes to show that our kids play with heart," said Schweider. "They had the potential to win this game. They just had to go out there and do it. We had our chances.  It only takes one or two opportunities to convert. Once we figure out how to put the ball in the back of the net, It is going to be dangerous."

The Tigers will be back at home on Tuesday, September 10th, looking to get their first win of the season against the Auburn Maroons.