September 15, 2009
Homer girls regain winning touch
Homer Central girls recovered nicely from an early season soccer disappointment.
The Trojans trimmed visiting Chittenango 1-0 Monday evening at Butts Field, an early first half goal by sophomore Jessica Parmiter standing the test of time in an OHSL Freedom Division match-up.
Coming off a frustrating 2-1 loss at rival Cortland High on Friday, the shutout victory was a nice way to start a crucial week that will feature Homer traveling to rugged Jamesville-DeWitt on Thursday in another stiff test.
A little line-up switch helped the Trojans improve to 2-1 on the young season, Coach Jim Baranello moving Parmiter up front and having Kindrah Kohne switch into a midfielder’s role. “We were able to possess the ball better and move it around much better,” said Baranello.
Some good ball movement led to the game’s lone goal 16 minutes into things, as Jaclyn Yonta took a pass from the right flank and found Parmiter in space in front of the Bears goal. Parmiter showed plenty of patience before sliding a shot past Chittenango keeper Rachel Antelmi and inside the post.
Though the Trojans had a 9-6 shot edge for the game, that was the only goal against a Chittenango (2-2) team that impressed Baranello with its play. The Bears are off to an 0-2 start in the Freedom Division.
The tenacity of the Trojans’ defensive back four — with Emily Williams and Kourtenee Kohne anchoring the middle while Sara Yonta and Victoria Lewis defend the flanks —helped keep Chittenango from getting dangerous scoring chances against Homer goalie Danielle Reygers.
“They’re finally getting it and starting to work together,” said Baranello of his defensive unit. “It’s been a bit of a learning curve for them.”
Homer will learn more about itself when they visit Jamesville-DeWitt, the unbeaten Red Rams (3-0 Freedom Division, 5-0 overall) impressive 6-3 winners over Syracuse CBA last night.
HOMER JVs played Chittenango to a 1-1 overtime tie, the Trojans forcing overtime when Logan McEvoy scored with 16:46 left in regulation.
Chittenango had scored six minutes before that Trojans’ tally, Sierra Shafer with the goal for the Bears. Homer had a 14-9 shot edge overall, both teams getting off three shots in overtime.
McEvoy and Hannah Roos combined for nine saves in goal for the Trojans. Homer visits Jamesville-DeWitt for a 4:15 p.m. contest Thursday.
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