September 12, 2006


Trojans continue being very stingy


Dick Reygers/contributing photographer
Homer Central’s Kaylee Benz (18), dribbling past a Mexico defender Monday night at Butts Field, scored twice in a 6-0 Trojans’ victory.

A stingy defense has only been part of this soccer success story for the unbeaten Homer Central girls.
The Trojans have also been getting contributions from a bunch of different players, as was the case Monday night on their Butts Field turf when Mexico fell 6-0 in an OHSL Freedom Division game.
Kaylee Benz and Meghan Finn had two goals apiece, Erin McSherry had a goal and a couple of assists and Emily Swisher picked up a pair of assists as Homer improved to 4-0 on the season. Midfielder Laura Buerkle also blistered a shot into the Mexico goal, to go along with an assist.
Defensively, seniors Molly Siwula and Meghan Marchetti have provided a tough tandem for opponents to crack.
“They are difficult to break down,” said Coach Jim Baranello of the Siwula and Marchetti after Homer posted its third shutout of the season. “And that’s been the key. We’ve given up the one goal to ES-M, and that was a sloppy goal, but other than that we haven’t really given up a goal.”
Mexico got off just one shot that ended in the side mesh of the goal, Trojan keepers Hillary Simon and Danielle Reygers not called upon to make a save.
Meanwhile, Homer unleashed 25 shots in a dominating performance.
“We’re a possession team and when you play on the turf it helps you so much,” said Baranello, Homer possessing the ball for a large chunk of the 80 minutes played against an improved Mexico team that is now 1-2 in the division and 3-2 overall.
Collecting six assists was another good sign, Swisher stepping up with her pair. “She’s been doing a good job finding people open underneath her, and that’s helped us tremendously,” said Baranello of the junior forward.
Getting everyone involved is also crucial during this stretch of games that has Homer playing seven times over 11 days — the Trojans coming off a Saturday road win at Chittenango.
“Once you start winning, and we’ve been lucky to have winning records the past couple of years, everyone comes and works really hard against you and beats you up. It’s been tough on the kids. They’ve got some knocks_and bruises.”
Homer has two road games to finish off this week, headed to Fulton on Wednesday for a 6:30 division tussle before going to face rival Cortland High Friday afternoon at 4:15 p.m.
HOMER JVs snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over Mexico, as a defense led by sophomore Kim Peak posted its first shutout of the season.
The Trojans struck two minutes to the game when freshman midfielder Ashley Cavellier scored her first goal of the season off a Danielle Hulslander crossing pass.
Cavallier scored a second goal from a Courtney Rainbow cross for a 2-0 first half lead. Jamie Gray finished off the scoring with a second half goal, putting away a ball at the back post that bad been crossed by eighth grader Rayne Perry and deflected off Cavallier.
Gray and Courtney Rainbow were constantly keeping Mexico’s defense under pressure with their deliveries from midfield for the Trojans, who had lost 1-0 to East Syracuse-Minoa and 3-1 in overtime to Chittenango coming into the game.



Muka has Purple Tigers hot foot

CHITTENANGO — Natalie Muka scored four consecutive goals Monday while keepers Natalie Khazzaka and Katie Apley made it three shutouts in as many games as the Cortland High girls’ soccer team downed host Chittenango 6-0.
Katherine Hunsberger opened the scoring for the Purple Tigers, who had outscored their opponents 14-0 thus far in starting out the season with three league wins, by picking up a Chittenango free kick and beating Bears goalie Mariah Hunter one-on-one 10:47 into the first half.
Muka scored the last three goals of the opening stanza, swiping a pass and beating Hunter one-on-one with 11:03 left until intermission before scoring off assists by Jackie Jacob (with two minutes left) and Jenna Phelps (44 seconds remaining). She then made it four goals in a row just 23 seconds into the second half, beating two defenders 40 yards out and beating Hunter one-on-one again.
Caitlin Cotton closed out the scoring with 9:17 left off an assist by Emily VanGorder on a shot that hit the crossbar and deflected down into the goal.
“I was very pleased with the focus and drive that the girls showed during our warmup and how they carried that into the first half,” Cortland coach Abbey Albright said. “The team knew that with the field being turf, they had to be fast throughout the game. In our first two games we hadn’t been taking many shots right from the start, but tonight we did that. Having a lot of different girls able to shoot from far out has really opened up our attacking game.”
Khazzaka made three saves before Apley took over with 13:10 left in the game and stopped one shot the rest of the way. Hunter made 11 saves as Cortland outshot its hosts 26-4.
CORTLAND JVs were nipped 1-0 by Chittenango as the hosts’ Jenna Barber got the lone goal with 6:23 left. Hannah Polanko-Baker made five saves in the Cortland nets, as did Bears keeper Shannon Willey.
Both Cortland teams host Homer at 4:15 p.m. Friday, the varsity at the high school and the JVs at Barry School.


Homer sweeps up for first court win

It was a clean sweep Monday as Homer Central girls notched their first tennis win in OHSL Freedom Division play.
The Trojans posted a 7-0 shutout over visiting East Syracuse-Minoa and are now 1-1 in division and overall play.
Cortland High, meanwhile, lost to host Mexico 4-3 and fell to 1-3 league and overall.
Homer 7, ES-Minoa 0: “This was really a big win for the girls,” Homer coach Nancy Cavellier said. “I have seen continued improvement in every player since we beganpractice.
 “It was great for Kelly (Noble) to get her first win in singles competition this season as well as seeing our first and fourth doubles teams posting wins in their matches as well.”
 Noble posted a 6-4, 6-3 straight sets win over Amberleigh Moziak at first singles. Molly Warren (second singles) and Jean Martinez (third singles) notched their second winsof 2006.
 Lindsay Richards and Natalie Sutton recorded a tight 7-5, 6-3 first doubles win over Kylie Woltz and Maria Winter-DeMarco from J-D.
Hope Chambrone and Cady Spencer picked up their first win of the season in a nerve-racking three-set contest.
Sisters Kristina and Catrina LeBlanc won the first set 6-3 before Chambrone and Spencer came back in the second set and posted a7-5 win.