September 26, 2007


Trojans keep up happy OT habit


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer Central defender Dan DiGiovanna (15) gets a head above Bishop Ludden’s Jared Littlejohn (20) in the first half of Tuesday’s soccer clash at Butts Field. Trojans won 1-0 in overtime.

Homer Central boys are becoming the masters of Onondaga High School League soccer overtime victories.
For the fourth time in the last five games, the Trojans needed the extra time to secure a victory. Paul Zimmerman notched his first varsity goal with 3:55 left in the second overtime Tuesday night to lift the Trojans to a 1-0 Liberty Division win over Bishop Ludden at George Butts Field.
Homer improves to 5-1-1 in the OHSL Liberty Division and 6-1-2 overall while Bishop Ludden slips to 2-5, 2-6-1 overall. The Trojans moved into second-place in the standings as divison leader Westhill (7-0, 8-1) defeated Marcellus (5-2, 7-2) Tuesday by a 2-1 count.
Westhill visits Homer on Thursday, a 6:30 start back on Butts Field.
“Playing four overtime games this close together is really hard on the legs,” said Homer coach Dave Shiffman. “Our guys played well. We had good skill-work. We passed the ball well and we did a good job defensively. We did not get a lot of real good scoring opportunities and we did have trouble finishing off most of those that we did have. It does not take away from the desire these guys showed and the will to win they had.
“We actually played our best in the first 10-minute overtime,” Shiffman added. “Bishop Ludden is a good team. Vic Marchetti did a great job marking Justin Cole. Cole did beat his man when he changed positions, but we never really gave him any good looks at the goal.”
The winning goal was set-up by the hard work of Luke Pedersen, who scored the winning goal against Ludden in a 1-0 win last year. The ball was sent into the box and it banged around a bit. Pedersen got to the ball and sent a nice diagonal pass from the right side to the left side as the goalkeeper came towards him. Zimmerman hustled onto the ball and banged home the one-timer into the middle of the open net.
“It was a heads-up play by Luke,” said Shiffman. “Luke keeps getting better and he is really finding his rhythm now. Paul finished it off because of the way he hustled to the ball.”
Homer held the edge statistically, but Gaelic Knight goalkeeper Jaime Murray kept his team in the match with 11 saves. Derrick McCall made three saves in the first half with Jack Kissel recording four saves during second half and overtime play.
“Derrick was not really tested,” said Shiffman. “Neither was Jack, but there was one good attempt that he did make a very nice save on. Defensively, Vic, Shawn Cleary, Brendan L’Hommedieu and Dan DiGiovanna played another great game.
“Bennett Quinlan did a nice job in the middle and Brett Stokoe played well,” Shiffman continued. “Derrick also did a nice job up top in the second half. We were a little short-handed tonight because Brett Capps was home sick and Paul Armideo saw limited time because of sore knees. Brad Clark did step up and he did a nice job a central midfield.”
HOMER JVs broke out Tuesday with a big 5-0 win over Bishop Ludden. Carl Zimmerman netted three goals, including a penalty kick, with Tae-ho Ryu and Aaron Darr each scoring once.
The Trojans (6-2 overall) wasted little time as Ryu scored just 1:16 into the match as he finished off a lob pass over the defense by Kyle Clark. Zimmerman scored on a penalty kick 13 minutes later and he closed out the scoring in the first half with 8:10 on the clock off a feed from Casie Garrison.
Zimmerman set up Darr with a nice back pass to open the second half scoring and Matt Compton got the ball to Darr, who returned Zimmerman’s assist, with a nice chip over the defense so Zimmerman could complete his hat trick.
Homer will host Westhill on Butts Field Thursday at 4:30 p.m.




Cortland continues unbeaten golf ways

The Cortland High golf team stayed perfect through 11 matches this season by beating non-league host Phoenix 201-254 Tuesday afternoon at Beaver Meadows.
Matt Porter, Nick Decker and Mike Congdon shared overall medalist honors with 39s for the Purple Tigers, who have now won 30 matches in a row over the last three seasons, including all 24 of their league (OHSL Freedom National Division) contests.
Elsewhere, early mental decisions are leading to bad starts and the result is more road course woes for Homer Central. Three players posted triple-bogey or better on the first hole at Drumlins East and the Trojans fell to host Syracuse CBA 213-233 in OHSL non-league action.
Cortland 201, Phoenix 254: Behind the trio of 39s, Chris Yamamoto carded a 41 and Steve Stowell a 43 to round out the CHS scoring, and Jeff Brown had a 46.
The Firebirds were led by Jarid Calkins, who totaled 45, and Kyle Himes at 47.
“Our 201 is a pretty good score considering the condition of the greens,” said CHS assistant coach Yale Hughes. “They were just aerated and top-dressed, and were very bumpy. Most of our bogeys were because of three-putting the greens. Chris Yamamoto made the best of his first start of the year.
“The players are striking the ball over well right now. They will need to continue to play well, because we face Chittenango this Friday at Cortland Country Club. Which will be the toughest challenge to our winning streak. They shot a 188 earlier this season playing at Rogues Roost, which is a great score for that course.”
CBA 233, Homer 213: The Trojan are now 5-6 overall while CBA stands at 7-3.
“The kids are just not making good decisions to save strokes,” said Homer coach Gary Wilcox. “They could use just one stroke to get the ball back in play and then still get a bogey, but they try to hit shots where they should not be hit and get into more trouble. It is just part of our problems on the away courses. Of course, we are now playing better courses like Drumlins and they are tougher.”
Andy Saraceno led the Trojans with a six-over-par 42 on the front nine at Drumlins East. Dan Miller was next with 44. Rounding out the Homer scores were Brad Mitchell 48, Lane Hopkins 49, Molly Nulty 50 and Alex Guy 50.
Chris Webber paced the Brothers with his round of 41. Jack Fletcher carded 42 while Mike Kitts and Mark Finley each shot 43s.




Purple Tigers come back to secure win in overtime

PORT BYRON — The Cortland High field hockey team proved something to itself Tuesday afternoon.
“Port Byron pressured us, especially early on,” Purple Tigers coach Jamie Brown said of her team’s 2-1 OHSL overtime victory over the host Panthers. “We did a nice job of battling and staying in the game, and proved to ourselves that we can come from behind.”
Senior forward Lisa Frare got the game-winner 2:03 into overtime, taking the ball at midfield and scoring one-on-one with Port Byron goalie Julie Janusz.
“We did a nice job of clearing the ball out of our defensive end,” Brown said. “Lisa picked up the loose ball, beat a defender, drove into the circle and reverse-sticked the ball in.”
Port Byron led 1-0 at halftime as Ashley Leja scored with 16:04 left on a penalty corner play, assisted by Jamie Secor. Cortland, now 3-1-1 in the league and 3-2-1 overall, equalized with 12:01 left as junior forward Alena Turturro took a centering pass from senior right wing Regina Montez on the right side of the cage and scored.
“Regina played well, especially in the second half, when she set up the goal,” Brown said. “(Senior) Alissa Claiser was steady and solid at sweeper back, stopping a lot of scoring threats.”
Port Byron (1-5 league, 2-6-1 overall) had an 11-9 shot advantage. Eighth-grader Maggie Brown made seven saves in the Cortland nets, while Janusz also stopped seven shots.
CORTLAND JVs played to a 0-0 tie with Port Byron and are now 1-1-3 on the season.
“It was a good game in between the 25-yard lines,” Purple Tigers coach Maureen White said. “We played well; our passing looked solid. We got into the circle a few times, but we need to do that more and get some shots off.”
CHS did have a 4-2 shot advantage in the game. Neither of the visitors’ goalies, Alexis Brevetti and Amanda Nauseef, were called on to make any saves, while Jessica Massi stopped two shots for the Panthers. The game was called with 10:30 left due to darkness.
Both Cortland teams host Weedsport Thursday, the varsity getting things started at 4:30 p.m.