September 6, 2006


Quick Finn strike lifts Trojans to win at CBA


Dick Reygers
Homer Central’s Meaghan Finn delivers shot that produced the only goal as the Trojans upended soccer host Syracuse CBA 1-0 to open the season Tuesday night.

SYRACUSE — Sometimes history does repeat itself.
Meghan Finn scored the only goal of the game during the second minute of play as Homer Central girls opened the 2006 season with a 1-0 shutout of two-time defending Section 3 Class A soccer champion Christian Brothers Academy Tuesday.
It was the first time CBA (0-1 OHSL Freedom Division, 0-3 overall) has been shutout in league play since Sept. 9, 2004. The team then was Homer by an identical 1-0 count as Kelly Finn, Meghan’s older sister, scored in overtime at Casey Field.
Meghan Finn took a great pass from Laura Buerkle, pushed the ball forward, split two defenders and fired a shot past goalkeeper Grace Barnard. The finishing shot settled inside the far post and proved to be the only goal for either team.
“It was a great game,” Homer coach Jim Baranello said. “We did have a couple of more scoring opportunities, but could not get another goal.
“Everyone really played well. It was a total team effort. We played together as a team.”
The Brothers came out strong to start the second half and had the Trojans on their heels momentarily.
“They did start the half quickly,” Baranello said. “Once we settled down, we retook control and things were okay the rest of the way. We got great leadership from all six seniors. Molly Siwula really kept the defense organized and Hillary (Simon) was solid in goal.”
Simon made five saves in the game to record the 26th shutout of her varsity career while Grace Barnard made six saves in goal for CBA.
Homer will open their home soccer season Thursday with a 6:30 p.m. division contest at Butts Field against East Syracuse-Minoa before the Trojans travel to Chittenango Saturday for a 1 p.m. match.
HOMER JVs opened their season with a 6-2 loss as CBA scored four unanswered goals in the first half. Kara Modliszcwiski scored twice while Claire Kenville and Jess SanGiacamo each netted one goal. 
CBA built the advantage to 5-0 with an early goal in the second half by Celeste Withers before Homer Trojans responded. Eighth-grader Rayne Perry got Homer on the board after Rebecca Wallis hustled to a loose ball just outside the 18-yard box. Wallis played the ball to Perry while colliding heads with a CBA player. Perry settled the ball and blasted a shot past the goalkeeper.
With that boost, the Trojans stepped up their game and put pressure on the CBA team for the rest of the half by winning the midfield and pressuring the defense continuously. The Trojan defense, led by Kim Peak, shut down the CBA offense for the rest of the game. 
Courtney Rainbow, a sophomore, placed a great shot in the far corner a little after her missed penalty kick to score Homer’s second goal of the game. 
CBA scored a penalty kick with about 10 minutes left to make the final score 6-2. 
“With CBA’s defense one of the best I have seen Homer still managed to put two goals in the back of the net,” said Homer coach Rob Mehan. “This gives me high hopes for the rest of the season offensively.”



Trojans pull off opening escape

Luke Pedersen made the most of his first varsity soccer game. The Homer Central freshman headed a corner-kick from Paul Armideo past Phoenix goalkeeper Dan Ruoff with 2:45 left in regulation time to lift the Trojans to a 1-0 OHSL Liberty Division season-opening victory at George W. Butts Field Tuesday.
It was the first win in the season opener for the Trojans since 2000 and the first shutout since the 2004 season.
“Paul Armideo played a great game all night long,” Homer coach Dave Shiffman said. “Luke Pedersen was in the right spot and he placed the shot in the right spot.
“All the guys really played hard and hustled all night long. It was a good team win for us.”
Homer missed a couple golden opportunities in the first half as a couple of shots went just wide of the post and the game remained scoreless.
“We really did control play,” Shiffman said. “Paul, Brett Capps and Pat Cleary have great skills and they created some great scoring chances, but we could not finish off the runs. We really did not do many things wrong. We passed the ball well. We just missed some good chances. We will get those things corrected.”
There were a couple of bobbles in the defensive end, but Phoenix could not take advantage.
“Phoenix did play hard,” Shiffman stated. “They were fast and they were tough. I kept thinking that we were dominating play and they were going to score the first goal during the first half, but our guys stayed focused.”
In addition to the strong play of Armideo and Pedersen, Coach Shiffman praised the efforts of Tim Mable, Forrest Young, Kyle Metzger, Derrick McCall and Shawn Cleary.



CHS debut spoiled by visiting Spartans

A pair of Cortland High defensive letdowns during a 12-minute stretch in the second half helped give visiting East Syracuse-Minoa the scoring it needed Tuesday in a 2-1 OHSL Freedom Division boys’ soccer win.
“They had a nice counterattack, and we broke down defensively,” said Purple Tigers coach Dan law, whose squad opened the season with the loss. “We’re rebuilding from last year, figuring out what to do with certain personnel, and they were able to get high-percentage shots that made the goalkeeper’s job difficult.”
Anthony Giangarra opened the scoring 2:33 into the second half off an assists by Ben Rowell, who also assisted on a tally by Stefan Music 12 minutes later. Joel White scored Cortland’s only goal with 13:34 left in the game, kicking home the rebound of his own header from close range.
“I told the guys at halftime that they were playing like a team that was playing its first game.” Law said. “We have some new chemistry, so it’s going to be bumpy along the road. We didn’t play particularly well. Then in the second half we had to play catch-up; it’s disappointing that it took being down by two goals before we woke up and played the way we were capable of playing.
“We had a couple of decent chances in the first half, and seven or eight more really good opportunities in the second half. We had some good crosses but there were some errant shots and blown opportunities, though they did give us glimpses of the future and something to look forward to.”
Law praised the efforts of keepers Judd Arnold (first half) and Ryan Wiehl (second half), who made six saves apiece.



Purple post shutout, Homer nipped

The Cortland High girls’ tennis team evened its record at 1-1 Tuesday with a 7-0 blanking of host East Syracuse-Minoa in an OHSL Freedom Division match.
At Homer, meanwhile, Chittenango picked up the deciding point with a win at fourth doubles for a narrow 4-3 victory over the Trojans. Chittenango improved to 2-0 in division play and 4-1 overall. It was the first match of the season for the Trojans.
Cortland 7, ES-M 0: We feel like we’re steadily improving,” Purple Tigers coach Bob Walrath said. “We’re starting to communicate better and we’re moving better. Molly Bramschreiber picked up her first varsity win at third singles (6-3, 6-2 over Jenna Graves) and is coming along with her court movement at positioning.
“It was nice for us to pull of the three-set wins, by Jaimee Robertson at first singles (6-3, 4-6, 6-3 over Leigh Moziak), Robyn Hesse and Alex Tucker at second doubles (5-7, 6-3, 6-1 over Katrina Ballard and Nikki Braz) and Maggie Reagan and Naomi Chappell at fourth doubles (6-0, 4-6, 6-2 over Christine and Katrina LeBlanc). Jaimee went for more winners, keeping her opponent off-balance; Robyn and Alex also moved much better to come back and win in their third set, and Maggie and Naomi, both freshmen, settled their game down and played a good third set, starting to take each shot one at a time.”
Lauren Shirley improved to 2-0 at second singles, while the first doubles team of Eva Rosenthal and Courtney Tennant was also_victorious.