September 19, 2011
Purple Tigers frustrate rival
Welsh’s goal trims Trojans 1-0
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Lisa Ferro (2) of Cortland High kicks the ball between Homer Central players Alexis Settineri (5) and Kimberly Dieroff (right) Saturday at TC3. Cortland captured a 1-0 victory.
DRYDEN — One team was left with a sense of relief, on a couple of different levels. The other exited with utter frustration.
Staring the possibility of a third straight tie game in the face Saturday morning at Tompkins Cortland Community College, the Cortland High girls’ soccer team got a goal from junior midfielder Amber Welsh off an assist from senior forward Erika Faberzak with 1:09 left in regulation for a 1-0 non-league win over rival Homer Central.
It was a game in which the Trojans dominated the second half after the Purple Tigers had the advantage over the opening 40 minutes.
Homer’s frustrations included four one-on-ones with CHS junior goalkeeper Amanda Edwards, including two in 1:50 of playing time at the end of the first half and the start of the second by eighth-grade forward Kimberly Dieroff, and a save by Edwards on a direct kick from six yards out eight minutes into the second half, the rebound going just wide.
“Homer was trying to get slot balls up through to Kim or Jessica (Parmiter),” Cortland coach Abbey Albright said, her team now 3-1-2 overall, Parmiter a senior forward for the Trojans. “We sort of lucked out when they didn’t convert on that close-range direct kick. In the second half they definitely had more opportunities to score. We were trying to play to feet up top, and it wasn’t going our way.”
“I was happy with the way the kids played,” Homer coach Jim Baranello said after his team lost for the third time in four games. “They did everything they had to do to win the game, but came up short. Congratulations to Cortland. They took advantage of an opportunity. I told the kids that soccer can be cruel; sometimes you can dominate a game and lose 1-0. We’ll move on.”
As for his team’s turnaround in the second half, Baranello noted: “I told them at halftime to play the way we play, not the way they play. And they did, with the four one-on-ones, Amanda with a great save on one of them. Kim is creating opportunities that we haven’t had for awhile, but sometimes isn’t finding the back of the net.
“Everyone played well today; our four backs — (sophomore) Meghan Dieroff, (junior) Hannah Kristof, (sophomore) Hannah McEvoy and (junior) Sara Yonta — were especially good.”
BOTH TEAMS HAD some good chances to score that didn’t pan out. Homer senior goalkeeper Jessica Mitchell slid out to beat Cortland junior forward Rachel Prentice to the ball four minutes into the game. Edwards in turn came out to take control of a loose ball with 8:10 left in the first half, only to have it get by her and go just wide to the left of the net as a player from each team gave chase. The Purple Tigers almost scored just over two minutes later, as Faberzak sent a direct kick on net from 25 yards out on the near-left side that a leaping Homer senior goalkeeper Jessica Mitchell was able to tip off and over the crossbar.
Edwards slid out to deny Kim Dieroff on a one-on-one 10 seconds before halftime, and deflected a Dieroff shot from the right side in a similar situation 1:40 into the second half, the rebound cleared out by the CHS defense for what ended up a harmless corner kick.
The Trojans controlled the second half to the tune of an unofficial 10-6 shot advantage before Welsh’s game-winner. Faberzak started the play with a cross from the right-wing side that Welsh was able to control after finding an open spot on the near-left side around 10 yards out. Her slow roller got by Mitchell, who had to come across in an attempt to stop it, and went just inside the left post.
“I took the pass from Erika, chested it to settle it and then kicked the ball,” Welsh said of her first goal this season. “I pretty much knew it was in. We knew that we were going to win, that we had to. We pulled together as a team.
“I think this win will boost our confidence; we’ll work more as a team, and play faster.”
“I HADN’T SEEN Homer this year, but we’re used to their style of play,” Albright said. “Their backs came up and made runs. We knew that (junior) Emma Porter is physical in the middle and the girls were prepared. And (junior midfielder) Jessica Walter gets some nice runs outside.”
Albright downplayed the rivalry aspect of the matchup, noting that “Yes, it’s a win, but they’re not in our league (the OHSL Freedom American; Homer is in the OHSL Liberty) and we won’t see them in the playoffs. At this point, with a loss and two ties in our last three games, no matter who we played we were going for a win.
“It’s been a busy week, with late games at Fulton (Tuesday) and at home against Chittenango (Thursday). The girls are tired. They’re still adjusting to school.”
Homer had an unofficial 13-11 shot advantage, Edwards with six saves to five for Mitchell.
Both teams were to return to league action today, Cortland at Syracuse CBA in a 7 p.m. start and Homer at Skaneateles in a game slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.
CORTLAND JVs were 2-0 winners over Homer behind a pair of Shea Swartout goals.
Swartout gave the Purple Tigers a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute, scoring off a Diedra Monroe assist. Nine minutes into the second half CHS struck again, Swartout converting off an Adrianna Rabusin pass.
“We took advantage of the opportunities we had today,” said CHS coach Brian Rogers, as Homer held a 16-12 shot advantage by failed to beat goalie Tia Collazo (12 saves). “Shea had a couple of great goals and Tia made some nice saves. We continue to make progress each game, and that’s good to see.”
Homer goalie Lindsay Sears finished with eight saves.
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