September 12, 2012


Trojans prove to be Ram tough

Earn 1st win over J-D since ’03


Rich Barnes/contributing photographer
Homer Central’s John Osterhoudt (5) tries to break down a Jamesville-DeWitt defender Tuesday night at Butts Field, where the Trojans pulled off a 1-0 OHSL soccer victory.

It has been a long time since Homer Central boys could celebrate a soccer victory over Jamesville-DeWitt, until Tuesday night.
Zac Moore scored with 17 minutes remaining in the match at George Butts Field to lift the Trojans to a 1-0 OHSL Freedom National Division win over the visiting Red Rams.
The Trojans are 2-1 in division and overall play, taking over first place in the division. The Red Rams fall to 1-2 in the division and overall play.
The last time time Homer defeated J-D was the fall of 2003, when seniors John Armideo and Armin Weiss were the leading scorers and junior Eric Sprague the goalkeeper. The Trojans swept the Red Rams that season, including a 1-0 sectional win at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.
“It was a very good win for our program,” Homer coach Dave Shiffman said. “It certainly has been a few years since we beat them. J-D is a strong program with very skilled players.
“They really controlled much of the play,” he continued. “They had the possession advantage, but we maked very well and gave them very little space. We really played a good mental game and we were very disciplined. We seemed to get stronger as the game moved along.”
While J-D may have possessed the ball for large chunks of time, the Trojans defense was stout. Senior goalkeeper Ian Heath made his first start of the season made eight saves.
“Ian was very sure-handed,” Shiffman said. “He rose to the challenge by controlling the penalty box area. He was much more vocal and his teammates responded to his instructions.”
Alec Sovocool and Austin Smith shut down the outside defensively with Nate McLyman at sweeper and Brad Sovocool stepping up at stopperback.
“We did switched things around a little and it worked out nicely,” Shiffman said. “Dylan, Nick Potter and Jack Ryan did very well as defensive midfielders while Sean Herman, Igor Sokolik, John Osterhoudt and Jonathan Cottrell pushed the ball forward. Sokolik made some aggressive runs with the ball. I mentioned a few guys, but everyone really stepped up. It was a great team effort.”
As second-half play moved along, Tozser just missed giving Homer its first goal with 25 minutes remaining. He ricocheted a free kick off the crossbar. Eight minutes later, he fed a nice ball to Zac Moore who used his speed to get free and drilled a low shot inside the near post for the game-winning marker. It was the lone shot to elude J-D goalkeeper Morgan Sawyer, who recorded five saves.
Homer will return to action Saturday, the Trojans traveling to Fulton for a noontime National Division match.
HOMER JVs started the night with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt.
Anthony Levitskiy scored twice on penalty kicks, the second with 3:43 left in the match which was the game-winner. Levitskiy’s first goal came with 6:44 left in the half with his PK for a hand ball in the box.
The Trojans took a 2-0 lead with 3:21 left in the first half. Bradley Keith delivered a crossing ball into the box where Dean Riley ran through the ball and poked it in.
J-D tied the game at 2-2 in the second half. Joshua Frank scored 1:52 into the half and again with 25:26 left.
Homer re-took the lead with 24 minutes remaining. Levitskiy took a hard shot from about 35 yards out to the lower left that the keeper made the initial save, but could not hold. Joel Christopher was right there and took a shot that the goalie got his hands on and the ball was sent to the middle of the goal mouth where Martin Tozser knocked it in.
With 17:26 to go, the Red Rams knotted the game on a goal by Rosario Digristina who dribbled through the middle and took a hard shot on net.
The game-winning goal came with 3:43 left. Though he never got an assist, Lake again did the dirty work to set up the final Trojan goal. He brought the ball down the channel into the box and beat a defender who later fouled him because he was beat. Levitskiy again took this penalty kick and hit another hard, low ball.
“I was very pleased to see how well we possessed the ball,” Homer coach Chad Totman said. “Nate Ulrich did a great job at sweeper for us and was very vocal on the field. Collin Baker played his best game yet and won many 50/50 balls for us up front. Alex Djafari played another solid game for us in net.”
Djafari finished with seven saves as J-D held a 12-11 edge in shots. The visitors had three corners to the Trojans’ two.
Homer JVs travel to Cincinnatus Thursday at 4:30 p.m.


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