September 26, 2012
Late Homer goal gets best of CHS
Tozser’s tally wraps up 3-2 victory for visitors
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Kristian Reynolds (2) of Cortland High and Jonathan Cottrell (13) of Homer battle for ball control Tuesday night at Moiseichik Field. Visiting Homer pulled out a 3-2 victory.
Giving up the tying goal with a man advantage proved not to be a problem for the Homer Central boys’ soccer team Tuesday night against rival Cortland High at Moiseichik Field.
Senior striker Andras Tozser scored his ninth goal of the season from 25 yards out on the left side with 1:27 left in the game to give the Trojans a 3-2 OHSL Freedom National Division win over the Purple Tigers.
“The ball came to me on the 25 and I saw that Tracey (Shelley, CHS’s junior goalkeeper) was off his line,” Tozser said. “I thought if I put it in the far corner it would have a chance, and it worked.
“We were kind of upset about giving up giving up the tying goal against 10 men. That shouldn’t happen. But it kind of woke us up. It was easier to play after they scored that goal.”
“Playing with 10 men isn’t a huge disadvantage,” said Homer coach Dave Shiffman, whose team improved to 3-4 in the league and 3-5-1 overall. “We made a mistake on their (tying) free kick goal, but I wasn’t surprised Cortland scored short-handed. They worked hard, especially in the second half. Goals like that are tough to come back from, and I figured we’d go to overtime. That was a tough loss for them when they worked so hard to come back.”
The hosts, trailing 2-1 and playing with 10 men after sophomore forward Justin Prentice had been assessed a red card for “dissent.” tied the score with 6:12 left as junior midfielder Kristian Reynolds slid into a free kick from 25 yards out on the right side by classmate and fellow midfielder Eamonn Mahar and put the ball past Homer senior goalkeeper Ian Heath for his fourth goal this fall.
“We outplayed them being a man down, but they just got the better of us,” an obviously disappointed Purple Tigers coach Brian Rozewski said after seeing his team fall to 1-5 in the league and 3-5 overall. “I wasn’t concerned about the red card. We were off our game, doing a lot of not playing soccer, but definitely played with heart.
“I was hoping that tying goal would lift us, but we made stupid mistakes in the game. We gave them five free kicks with the wind in the first half; they scored their first goal off one. We got penalty after penalty, lost playing soccer and started playing the man and getting upset,” he added, CHS with four yellow cards in addition to the red.
Homer, meanwhile, was assessed one yellow card in the contest, and Shiffman noted that “ I feel good about that; the kids kept their composure pretty well.”
IT DIDN’T TAKE long for the hosts to get on the scoreboard, as junior forward Victor McCutcheon scored his fifth goal of the season just 53 seconds into the contest from 12 yards out on the left side, putting the ball into the loser right corner after taking a pass from Mahar.
Senior midfielder Zac Moore got the equalizer for Homer 13:46 into the game from the right side and now has three goals on the campaign. Around six minutes later, CHS sophomore defender Sage Brown hustled back to stop a potential one-on-one just before Shelley smother a low shot from 10 yards out on the left by senior midfielder Jonathan Cottrell.
“I told the team at halftime that the wind was with us, to go out and play smart soccer and don’t be afraid to take shots,” Rozewski said.
Senior midfielder Dylan Shattuck, however, put the visitors ahead for the first time 4:08 into the second half with his third goal of the season on a high shot from the right side off a feed from Tozser. Just over a minute later Shelley was able to cover a loose ball after a scramble in front of the Cortland net.
The red card came shortly after that, and the Trojans lost junior defender Zach Randall for the rest of the game with around 25 minutes left after he banged heads with a CHS layer going for a loose ball.
The Purple Tigers almost tied the game earlier than they did when a shot by Mahar from 10 yards out on the left side bounced off the right goalpost and back to the left with 15:45 remaining. McCutcheon then made a nice run down the right side but was denied by a pair of Homer defenders, all three going down and McCutcheon coming up favoring his left leg. The extent of the injury was not immediately known.
Rozewski came out onto the field to speak to one of the officials as McCutcheon hobbled off, and noted afterwards that “If they were going to call shoulder to shoulder on us they should call it on them. They played the man not the ball, but our guys were doing that all game.”
“The two teams are very even, in the lower half of the league,” Shiffman said. “We’ve been struggling in the league, and had to have this one. The league is loaded; Cortland and us are even, Mexico is a little below us and everyone else is good.”
Both teams next play on Thursday. Homer visits Syracuse CBA and Cortland hosts Fowler in a pair of 7 p.m. starts.
HOMER JVs BEAT Cortland 5-0 to improve to 5-1-2 on the season as Marton Tozser led the way with a goal and an assist and goalie Alex Djafari made three saves for the shutout. Anthony Levitskiy opened the scoring with a penalty kick 5:36 in after a handball in the box, and shortly thereafter Purple Tigers goalie Ezra Engst-Mansilla stopped a penalty shot by Jas Singh.
Tozser made it 2-0 with a goal at 21:16 off a cross from Collin Lake, completing the first-half scoring. Nick Dentes opened the second-half scoring 13 minutes in when he headed home a corner kick by Tozser, and Tyler Ponticello ran through a ball in the box to make it 4-0 at 10:49. Isaac Cline closed out the scoring at 9:35 when he side-volleyed a cross from Marc Harris.
“It was great to see multiple people score,” Trojans coach Chad Totman said. “That is what I think makes our team so strong — our ability for just about anyone to put the ball in the net.”
Engst-Mansilla made 13 saves for Cortland (0-7) as the visitors had a 28-5 shot advantage.
Homer visits CBA Thursday at 5 p.m. while Cortland hosts Fowler the same day in a 4:30 p.m. start at Barry.
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