September 05 , 2007


Strong start for Trojans as Lakers get shut down


Dick Reygers/contributing photographer
Midfielder Kaylee Benz of Homer Central breaks away before scoring a goal in Tuesday’s 4-0 blanking of Cazenovia at Butts Field.

It didn’t take long for the Homer Central girls’ soccer team to impress their coach.
“This team played as well as any team I’ve ever coached,” Trojans head man Jim Baranello said of a 4-0 season-opening victory over visiting Cazenovia on Tuesday. “They dominated right from the start.
“I was especially pleased with the play of our four backs, (juniors) Morgan Osborne and Maureen DeAngles at center back and, at outside back, (freshman) Kourtenee Kohne and (sophomore) Jaclyn Yonta,” he added. “Cazenovia is a very good attacking team, and they never really had any threats. We possessed the ball well the entire game.”
Homer had a 14-8 shot advantage, with sophomore goalie Danielle Reygers coming up with seven saves  one less than counterpart Clare Dorsey of the Lakers.
“Danielle Reygers was excellent in goal,” said Baranello. “Whatever chances they did have, she made routine. Her distributions were excellent.”
Emily Williams, a sophomore outside midfielder in her first game at Homer after transferring from McGraw, scored twice to lead the offense. She got the only goal the Trojans would need when she converted a corner kick in the 13th minute, and scored 17 minutes into the second half off a through ball from senior midfielder Emily Swisher.
Swisher scored the hosts’ second goal in the 36th minute of the first half, the assist going to senior center midfielder Kaylee Benz, and Benz wrapped up the scoring in the 23rd minute of the second half.
“Kaylee was outstanding,” Baranello said. “She was a handful for Caz and created lots of opportunities with her dribbling and passing. Her efforts were rewarded when she scored our fourth goal.”
Baranello also praised the defensive play of eighth-grader Jessica Parmiter at center midfield and freshman Kindrah Kohne at forward and center midfield.
Homer visits Mexico today to start a stretch of three road games in six days, the other games at Westhill Saturday and at Chittenango Monday.  
HOMER JVs fell to Cazenovia 2-0, with Taylor Malmsheimer scoring both goals for the Lakers, at 6:58 of the first half off an assist from Bradie Shepard and on a penalty kick at 7:54 of the second half.
Ally Loretz made two saves to record the shutout for Caz, while Homer goalie Melisa Devaney made 21 saves as the winners had a 22-12 shot advantage.
“This was our first game, and the girls played very, very well,” Homer coach Allison Houseman said. “I expect great things from them.”
Both Homer teams visit Mexico this afternoon.



Win streak grows for Purple Tigers

The Cortland High golf team stayed perfect through three OHSL Freedom American Division matches this season with a 197-229 win over host Fulton at Battle Island Tuesday.
With that score in their 22nd consecutive win over three seasons, the Purple Tigers have qualified as a team for the Section 3 Class A tournament in the spring.
In an OHSL Freedom National Division matchup, Chittenango was a 197-227 winner over Homer Central at Rogues Roost.
Cortland 197, Fulton 229: Matt Porter, playing in his first match of the season, shot a three-under 34 to take overall medallist honors and lead CHS. Also breaking 40 for the Purple Tigers were Nick Decker and Jeff Brown, both with 38. Steve Stowell had a 42 and Chris Pace a 45 to round out the winners’ scoring, and Mike Congdon also had a 45.
Matt Liberti and Sean Leonard both shot 45s for Fulton.
Trevor Williamson and Chris Yamamoto both had 40s and Matt Stevens shot 45 in exhibition play for Cortland.
“The kids played very well after having a tough time at Battle Island last year because the greens were burned out,” Cortland coach Kevin Cafararo said. “With our exhibition scores, there will be some competition for the fourth, fifth and sixth spots. Hopefully we can work a couple more kids into the lineup.”
The Purple Tigers visit Syracuse CBA at Drumlins on Friday.
Chittenango 197, Homer 227: A layoff since Thursday hurt the Trojans (now 2-1 league and 2-2 overall), according to coach Gary Wilcox.
“Some of the kids hadn’t played since (Thursday), and we were rustier than I thought we’d be,”he said. “I was hoping we’d shoot around 220 on the par-35 course; some kids had distance perception problems. Most of them shot above their averages; you expect that somewhat in an away match, but you have to learn not to blow up on an away course.”
Andy Saraceno led Homer with a 41, while Dan Miller had a 45 and Molly Nulty shot a 46, which Wilcox noted is right around her average. Greg Eves had a 49 and Lane Hopkins a 50 to round out the scoring, while Brad Mitchell totaled 51.
Homer was to host Tully at 3:30 p.m. today at Cortland Country Club.



Homer tennis setback not all that bad

FULTON — Though the final score indicated a lopsided loss, that was hardly the case for the Homer Central girls’ tennis team on Tuesday.
Though the Trojans dropped a 6-1 OHSL Freedom Division match to host Fulton, four of those losses came in three set battles that could have gone either way.
Fourth doubles Rachel Perry and Katie Strausser came up with the only points for the visitors, the Homer duo winning 6-2, 7-5.
“Despite the loss, we’re making strides,” said Coach Nancy Cavallier. “Going three sets in four out of our seven matches is a step in the right direction.”
Cady Spencer dropped a tough 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 match at third singles for the Trojans. She was making her first appearance at singles, as was teammate Mariah Hubbard at second singles.
First doubles Emily Martin and Laura Majors, and third doubles Jessica Gutchess and Alaina Ryan, went down to the wire before losing third sets in tie-breakers. The other three-set setback came at third doubles, where Michelle Pfleuger and Hope Chambrone took the opening set before losing back-to-back 6-4 sets.
“Experience and confidence right now is our enemy,” said Coach Cavallier. “On the right side, Mariah and Cady played exceptionally well for their first time in the singles positions and once again our fourth doubles — Katie Strausser and Rachel Perry — held on strong for our lone point.”
Homer, now 0-2 to start to the young season, hosts Jamesville-DeWitt Thursday at 4 p.m.