April 28, 2010
Gutsy Trojans grab 2nd straight victory
MEXICO — Homer Central girls are learning to play from behind with confidence.
Despite trailing 7-3 at halftime on Tuesday, the Trojans’ offense roared to life in the second half. Katelyn Gray scored five of her game-high six goals during the second 25 minutes as Homer rallied for a 12-11 OHSL Freedom Division lacrosse win over host Mexico Tuesday.
It was the second win in a row for the Trojans (3-3 league, 3-5 overall), as Emma Porter added four goals to the offense. Mexico slips to 0-4 against league foes, 3-5 overall.
“This was a very big win for our program,” Homer coach Doug Pasquerella said. “This was a gutsy win. The girls showed a lot of perseverance. I am very proud of everyone on the team.
“Our defense was huge in the second half,” he continued. “They kept Mexico scoreless for 12 straight minutes and that was when we made our run. The offense does get credit as well for keeping possession of the ball. We can use this to keep improving and to keep moving forward.”
Gray got the Trojan going with two goals one minute apart. The sophomore scored 33 second into the half and 1:03 into play.
Mexico scored two of the next three goals. Jess Lawler found the cage with 22:57 remaining in the game and Justine VanSant collected her second goal of the game with 20-15 to go. In between, Porter tallied for Homer.
In three-goal spurt by the Trojans pulled the visitors into a 9-9 draw. Abbey Phelps scored with 19:21 left and she assisted on Gray’s fourth goal of the game 33 seconds later. Gray scored again with 16:19 remaining to knot the score.
Rebecca Clark netted her second goal of the game for the Tigers with 13:08 to go off an assist from Stevie Lombardoni to take a 10-9 lead. That would be the the start of the 12-minute scoring drought for the home team.
With 11:50 remaining, Porter tied the game at 10-10 for Homer with an unassisted goal. The Trojans took the lead with six minutes remaining when Logan McEvoy netted her only goal of the game.
Gray got her final goal of the game with 4:44 on the clock. Her 22nd goal of the season proved to be the game-winner as the Trojans led 12-10.
Mexico made things interesting as Steve Lombardoni found the cage with 1:05 remaining and trimmed the Homer advantage to 12-11. The Tigers got the ball back inside the final minute, but Trojan defender Dani Reygers drew a charging foul with 23 seconds to go. The foul gave the ball back to the Trojans, who ran out the clock.
While Homer controlled all the main statistics — leading in shots (32-14), groundballs (34-32) and draw controls (16-9) — it was Tiger goalkeeper Cassandra Delong who kept her team in the game with 12 saves. Hailey Sweeney only made three saves, but they mostly came during the second half and aided the Trojan comeback.
Homer will return to Freedom Division action Thursday hosting Jamesville-DeWitt at 6:30 p.m. on George Butts Field. Junior varsity action begins at 5 p.m.
HOMER JVs lost a tight game at Mexico by a final count of 10-9. Rachel Murray scored four goals for the Trojans (1-5 overall).
“Rachel Murray had a great night and was relentless going to the goal,” Homer coach Geoff Sorenson said. “She is developing into a great player and leader on our team.
“It was a very physical Mexico team,” he added. “Our girls played well on a cold and wet night. The game was back and forth but when time expired we were down one. Bristy Hall came clutch for us in the end winning some draws when we needed them to come within one goal, but we just came up short.”
Hall and Rachel Perine each netted two goals for Homer. Sara Yonta also netted one goal.
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