September 6, 2013
Yonta’s overtime goal lifts Trojans past CBA
Taking advantage of a perfect crossing pass, Carolyne Yonta scored 6:14 into the first of two mandatory 10-minute overtime periods to carry Homer Central girls to a thrilling OHSL Freedom National Division soccer victory Thursday.
Yonta converted the cross from Mollie Ferrito to produce a 1-0 OT triumph over visiting Christian Brothers Academy out of Syracuse at Butts Field.
By capturing the early season showdown Homer improves to 2-0 in division and overall play. Syracuse CBA drops its season opener.
“It was a close game and a great win for the kids,” Homer coach Jim Baranello said.
“The game was really played in the middle of the field. I thought we possessed the ball better in the first half,” he added. “We did run out of gas in the second half a little, but we hung in there.”
A key to the win was the play in the back. Baranello rotated Hannah McEvoy, Hannah Casey, Lisa Sharpe, Meghan Dieroff and Erin Leach. All five kept the ball away from goalkeeper Nadine Downing for the most part. Both teams took 12 shots, but only six were on frame. Each team also hit the crossbar once. Of the six shots on goal, Downing stopped all six to earn the shutout. Syracuse CBA counterpart Lindsey Evans stopped five of the six Trojans shots that were on target.
Ferrito set up the score by taking the ball to the end line where she served a solid crossing pass to Yonta. After settling the ball, Yonta just pushed the shot into the goal.
CBA never threatened after the goal and the Trojans had a well-earned victory.
HOMER JVs got off to a slow start as Syracuse CBA took advantage en route to a 2-0 victory. Homer (1-1 overall) started out slow, but held CBA scoreless until five minutes left in the first half.
“We had a defensive breakdown that led to the first CBA goal,” Homer coach Gina Kinsella said. “We had trouble transitioning the ball to our attack players, resulting in only one shot in the second half. Towards the end of the second half we started working together and created some nice scoring opportunities.”
Rachel Ziemba got the first CBA goal. Isabella Vlassis added a second-half tally.
Anna Gugerty played the first half and made three saves for Homer. Jordan Laundry stepped into the goal for second-half play, did not record a save
Homer will return to Freedom Division action Tuesday hosting Cortland High at 7 p.m. on George Butts Field. The Trojan JVs face Cortland in the preliminary game at 5 p.m.
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