October 4, 2011
Trojans grab first win in OT
After dominating the overtime period, Homer Central finally got the goal it desperately needed.
Morgan Hollenbeck scored with 18.5 seconds left in overtime, on the 10th shot taken by the Trojans in the extra stanza, to finish off a 2-1 non-league victory over visiting Moravia Monday night on Butts Field.
Hollenbeck’s second goal of the game gave the Trojans their first win of the season, Homer now with a 1-7-1 record.
“It sure feels great to have a win after such an outstanding team effort,” said Homer coach Ellen Garrett. “The girls did an excellent job of putting into game situations all that they have been working on. Our passing, dodging and keeping better possession of the ball were much improved..”
Hollenbeck opened the scoring at the 7:17 mark of the first half, off a Katelyn Barhite assist. Missy Lawrence tied things up for Moravia late in the second half, Marie Olszewski providing the pass, to send this game into overtime.
In the OT, where the teams play 7-on-7, Homer out-shot the Blue Devils 10-0 before coming up with the game-winner.
“Morgan Hollenbeck came off the bench and used her opportunities to shoot when she could,” said Coach Garrett. “Madison Bossard and Katelyn Barhite fed the middle well all game. The trio of Braenden Sharer, Kayla Cargen and Adrianna Pizzola were the running workhorses the entire game, including the OT. They have amazing stamina, and never give up on a possible play. Everyone on the team made a contribution to this win.”
Homer’s shot edge was 17-3 at the finish, with goalie LeeAnne Pedrick making just a pair of saves.
“I am so pleased with this teams positive attitudes, and teamwork. They are trusting one another, and gaining confidence each game,” said Coach Garrett. “It was also nice to be playing back on the turf. This team has a lot of speed, and it shows on the turf. We need to continue to use these strengths to our advantage.”
Homer returns to OHSL West Division play on Wednesday, Port Byron visiting Butts Field at 4:30 p.m.
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