September 1, 2010
Veteran Trojans are optimistic
Homer Central coach Jim Baranello has reason to be optimistic about his 2010 girls’ varsity soccer team.
The Trojans are coming off an uncharacteristic 9-7-1 season, his first season with less than 10 wins as head coach, but there are eight returning starters for his eighth season at the helm. There are 10 returning players overall and loads of experience.
Homer will open its season Friday with a 10 a.m. non-league match at East Syracuse-Minoa.
“The girls have been working hard,” Coach Baranello said of the pre-season workouts. “They are looking good and they are showing a lot of promise. I really think we will have a good year because we have good team speed and experience. We have four seniors with three or more years of varsity experience.
Heading that list of returning players is senior Kindrah Kohne, a five-year varsity fixture and the last holdover from that 2006 sectional championship team. Kohne was a first-team all-star in 2009 and will be switching positions this season. She will play an attacking midfielder.
“Even though this is a new position for Kindrah, she will do very well,” said Baranello. “Kindrah is really a tremendous player.”
Also returning are fourth-year seniors Kourtenee Kohne (center back) and Rayne Perry (forward). Both were all-star honorable mentions one year ago. Another four-year varsity player is junior midfielder Jessica Parmiter, who can play in goal as well. Parmiter is the top returning scorer as she netted seven goals and had one assist in 2009.
Senior outside back Katelyn Buchanan enters her third season on the varsity roster. Sophomore central midfielder Emma Porter is back for her third year of varsity competition while sophomore Sara Yonta (midfield-back) is also beginning her third year on the varsity.
Jessica Mitchell is returning and the junior goalkeeper could be the third starting goalkeeper for the Trojans in Baranello’s eight-year career. Hillary Simon was a four-year starter and she was succeeded by Danielle Reygers, who was a three-year starter after backing up Simon as a freshman. Mitchell was the back-up to Reygers last fall.
Rounding out the returnees are second-year sophomores Hannah Kristof (outside back-outside midfield) and Jessica Walter (forward-midfield).
Moving up from the junior varsity ranks are juniors Carly Miller (goalkeepr), Lia Kabat (midfield-forward), Katelyn Gray (midfield-forward) and Rachel Perine (forward), plus sophomores Alexis Settineri (midfield), Brooke Ryan (midfield), Hannah Jennings (midfield) and Logan McEvoy (midfield-forward) along with freshmen Hannah McEvoy (midfield-back) and Lisa Sharpe (midfield-forward).
Rounding out the newcomers is freshman Lisa Sharpe, a midfielder-forward who played on the modified team in 2009.
Homer will compete in the OHSL Freedom American Division with Cortland High, Chittenango, Mexico and Phoenix. The Freedom National Division is consist of East Syracuse-Minoa, Fulton, Jamesville-DeWitt and Syracuse Christian Brothers Academy. CBA will compete in Class AA during the post-season.
“Every team in the Freedom Division is getting stronger,” Baranello said. “I really see a lot of parity in the division.”
Allison Cook will return to coach the Homer JV team with Cris Colasurdo coaching the modified team.
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