September 11, 2013
Trojans, Purple Tigers knotted up
Rivals play to 1-1 overtime draw
It was a game of missed opportunities on one side and some relief on the other.
That is the best way to describe Tuesday night’s OHSL Freedom National Division girls’ soccer match between neighboring Cortland High and host Homer Central at George Butts Field that ended in a 1-1 overtime draw.
For the invading Purple Tigers (0-2-1 league, 0-3-1 overall), they finally scored their first goal of the season when freshman Logan Chase notched the first varsity goal of her career.
For the Trojans (2-0-1 league and overall), it was a night that saw a number of scoring opportunities go by the boards.
“Our central backs did a nice job of stepping to the ball,” Cortland High coach Abby Albright said in reference to Sarah Endress and Liza Ferro. “They kept the Homer girls from turning and getting an easy shot or passing the ball back for the middies to get a shot off. We knew that Kim Dieroff was an offensive threat when she had the ball or would make a run to the ball so our middies did a nice job of passing her off to one another, especially Talia (Cruz) and Logan.”
“We had 100 minutes to win the game,” Homer coach Jim Baranello said. “We possessed the ball 80 percent of the time and spent a lot of time in the attacking half. We were hurt by not getting good movement off the ball.
“We are a young team. You’re going to have games like this,” he added.
The first 17 minutes were uneventful until sophomore Olivia Porter ripped a good 30-yard shot on target that Quinn Doubet grabbed. It was one of seven saves made by the Purple Tiger senior goalkeeper.
Three minutes later Cortland took the lead off an unsettled situation in front of the Homer goal. Adrianna Rabusin chipped the ball up in the air from six yards out and Chase headed the ball on goal. It caromed off the low side of the cross bar and settled in the net for a 1-0 lead with 22:15 left in the first half.
The Purple Tigers had a couple more first half chances miss the mark. Senior forward Kennedy Cook banged a shot off the cross bar six minutes after Chase’s goal and sophomore Shea Swartwout missed an open net off a scramble the trapped Homer goalkeeper Nadine Downing out of the position with 8:31 on the clock.
The Trojans missed a great first-half chance off a first-half cornerkick and the good look in the box was fanned on. Freshman Gillian McEvoy had a chance that saw the Purple Tiger defense cleared away with 6:11 left in the half and a nice through ball with 4:21 to play in the half was smothered by Doubet.
Homer did get on the scoreboard with 3.6 seconds left in the first half. Hannah McEvoy made a strong restart kick down the right flank. Porter beat her defender to the ball and blasted a shot into the upper left corner of the goal to knot the score at 1-1.
That is where the game would stand through the next 40 minutes of regulation time and the two mandatory 10-minute overtimes. From the final 26 minutes of regulation time until the final horn Homer really controlled play, but could not put the ball in the goal.
Mollie Ferrito delivered some nice crossing passes from the right wing, but the senior forward’s teammates couldn’t finish. Lucy Connery delivered a solid strike on a rebound and Doumet grabbed the ball. Porter blistered another shot from 20 yards that Doubet stopped.
In overtime, Carolyne Yonta ripped a low liner from 30 yards that Doumet smothered. Twice Yonta sent cornerkicks into the box. One Trojan header was deflected away by the Cortland defender and Yonta wide open follow-up shot at the open net with 3:30 to go was blocked by hustling defender Rae Dunn who blocked the ball and cleared it away. It was just not meant to be for the Trojans.
“We had plenty of opportunities to win the game,” Baranello said. “That’s soccer. We were the more dominant team at the end of each half and overtime because of our fitness and conditioning. They have willingly worked on that and were were ready for a long game even though it was hot and humid.”
“We’ve been battling a few nagging injuries early in the season, but the girls are working through that,” Albright said. “The girls did respond because this is a league game. I hope we take this energy into our next few games.”
HOMER JVs got two first-half goals from Kelsey Clark and posted a 4-2 win over Cortland Tuesday at Butts Field.
The Trojans (3-1 overall) netted all four goals in the first half and Madison Dimorier and Margaret McLyman also netted one goal each. Dimorier picked up one assist as Homer took a 4-1 lead.
Emily Edwards scored in the first half for Cortland (1-2 league, 1-3 overall). Jackie Rosetti tallied for the Purple Tigers in the second half.
Anna Gugerty played the first half and Jordan Laundry the second half in goal for Homer. Gugerty made one save, Laundry two.
Jessica Kryger-Stramba recorded four saves for Cortland. Madisyn Zimmer made one save during her stint in the net.
Homer will return to Freedom Division action Thursday. The Trojans travel to East Syracuse-Minoa. Both JV and varsity games begin at 4:30 p.m.
Cortland High will host Syracuse Christian Brothers Academy with both Thursday games starting at 4:30 p.m.
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