September 4, 2013
Intense Trojans roll past Mexico in debut
Nick Dentes and John Osterhoudt each scored a pair of goals as Homer Central opened its 2013 OHSL Freedom National Division boys’ soccer season in high-flying fashion.
Dentes also picked up a couple of assists to go along with his two tallies during the Trojans’ 7-0 shutout romp over visiting Mexico Tuesday evening on George Butts Field.
“It was a very good opening game,” Homer coach Dave Shiffman said. “It started in warm-ups when captains Brad Sovocool, Anthony Levitskiy and Nate Ulrich got the guys fired up and ready to play.
“We played with a lot of intensity,” he continued. “We played the ball well, hustled to the loose balls, we won balls in the air. We really meshed well as all 19 eligible players got into the game.”
Even though Homer controlled a majority of the play, it took time for the Trojans to get on the scoreboard, but it was worth the wait. Collin Lake got the first goal of the season after a pair of great passes. Bradley Keith got the ball near midfield and hit a one-timer to Dentes who was making a diagonal run towards the goal. Dentes hustled to the ball and delivered a one-touch pass to Lake for the finish with 23:08 left in the first half.
The Trojans made it 2-0 with 10:23 left in the half. Marton Tozser sent a corner kick into the box where Dentes deflected the ball at the post into the back of the goal.
Osterhoudt collected his first goal just 21 seconds later as the senior banged home a crossing pass from Tozser. That gave Homer a 3-0 halftime lead.
Osterhoudt opened the second half scoring with 29:59 to play. He fired another shot home with Dentes making the assisting pass.
Drew Potter increased the Homer lead to 5-0. Potter collected a loose ball and drove home a long shot with 22:41 left. One minute later, Jas Singh delivered a long, high through ball to Dentes for the finish as the sixth Trojan goal.
Hiland Bush netted the final Homer goal with an unassisted tally.
While the Homer offense was clicking, the defense was equally impressive by not allowing a single Mexico shot. It was a clean sheet debut for goalkeeper Alex Djafari.
Shiffman mentioned the defensive efforts of Nick Yarnell, Ulrich, Collin Baker and Danny Turck, but also said that everyone deserved praise for their efforts.
Homer will return to action Thursday visiting Auburn for 4:30 p.m. non-league match.
HOMER JVs opened their season successfully with a 2-0 win over Mexico.
Cody Wagner gave the Junior Trojans a 1-0 lead with 16:16 left in the first half. Joey Esposito challenged and won the ball and sent it to Wagner for the finish.
With 21 minutes left in the match, Scott Maus headed a loose ball into the goal to give the Trojans a big insurance goal.
Homer enjoyed a 28-2 advantage in shots with Trojan goalkeeper Lucian St. John stopping both Tiger attempts.
“We have a young team,” Homer coach Chad Totman of his 23-player squad that has just five returnees. “But I have already seen a large growth in the shape of our play from the beginning of the year. Our youth has also made it a little bit more difficult trying to figure out where everyone can play. Our starters have been strong for us and can play multiple positions which will bold well for us in the future.”
Homer JVs will return to action Saturday with an 11 a.m. match at Jamesville-DeWitt.
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