October 4, 2013
Trojans shut out host CHS
After an own goal by the host Cortland High girls’ soccer team Thursday night, Homer Central owned the game.
The OHSL Freedom National Division contest was scoreless until the inadvertent mis-kick by a Purple Tiger player went just inside the left post with 20:28 left. From that point on the field tilted, the Trojans scoring twice in the span of 2:17 shortly afterwards in what ended up a 3-0 win for coach Jim Baranello’s squad, now 4-3-3 league and 5-4-3 overall.
“We’ve played great soccer all year but haven’t been getting results because of our inability to take advantage of chances,” Baranello said. “Tonight I felt we would. We’d had two very good practices this week. The kids took advantage of chances, especially our sophomores — Kim Dieroff, Carolyne Yonta and Olivia Porter.”
Homer was the dominant team in the first half, starting with a breakaway by forward Porter just 2:15 in that CHS senior goalie Quinn Doubet came out about 10 yards and slid to clear away.
The visitors couldn’t put one in the net, however, and when asked if that concerned him at the time, Baranello said “Absolutely. We’ve had a loss and a tie this season in games we absolutely dominated but gave up a late goal or a poor goal.”
It was the hosts’ turn to carry the play for a good part of the second half, which like the first saw a good scoring chance early. After a direct kick from the left side by Purple Tigers junior midfielder Talia Cruz was cleared out by the Trojan defense, CHS sophomore defender Hannah Whelan whistled a 15-yard shot that Homer senior goalie Nadine Dowling was able to tip just over the crossbar.
Dieroff had missed a shot from the right side just wide two minutes before that, and the next time Homer pressed the attack it paid off as the ball got behind Doubet on a shot from the left side and, on a clearing attempt, went off a CHS player’s foot and in.
“We did not recover from that goal, period, done,” Cortland coach Abbey Albright said, her team now 1-7-1 league and 1-8-2 overall. “I told the girls at halftime that if they didn’t step to their players defensively instead of giving them five yards that Homer would win. We didn’t have to play defense, didn’t really have to worry about that, in the second half until that first goal. When they possessed the ball, we allowed them to receive it too easily all over the field.
“We played great for 60 minutes, hustled to every ball and were at least matching them on 50-50 balls. Our flanks did a really nice job on offensive runs and defensively.”
As noted, the field seemed to tilt in the Trojans’ favor once they got the lead. Dieroff hit the crossbar with a shot about 20 seconds after the first goal of the game, and made it 2-0 when she controlled a bouncing pass from junior midfielder Liz Walter and pushed it past the charging Doubet with 13:44 left. It was the midfielder-forward’s team-high 10th goal of the season and gave her 82 points for her career, moving her into sixth all-time in the program’s history.
“We felt a little better after that one,” Dieroff said. “Then we had all the momentum, and it was a whole different game. We figured we’d be all right. We don’t score a thousand goals, but when we need them we put them in. It feels good to beat Cortland on their home field; we finished well.”
The game’s final goal came off the foot of Porter, as she scored her fourth of the season unassisted with 11:27 left on a shot from 20 yards out on the right side.
“I don’t know how I did it; it just happened,” she said with a smile. “This is exciting; we worked for this. We had a feeling we could win. Kim’s goal helped get the offense going too, and we started to move the ball better.”
“Cortland played much better in the second half,” Baranello said. “Teams that play unsettled and hit the long ball are a problem for us. But I thought the kids worked hard and played well.”
Downing was credited with eight saves to five for Doubet, the winners with a 20-9 shot advantage. She gave credit to the backs in front of her — eighth-grader Nina Armideo, sophomore Hannah Casey, senior Meghan Dieroff and freshman Gillian McEvoy — for their defense. Downing noted that due to an injury to senior center back Hannah McEvoy some lineup shifting had occurred, and that “Not all of them play back there that often. It’s comforting to have good backs; they were phenomenal.
“This feels good. I’m a senior and we beat them for the last time. I’ll sleep well tonight.”
“Talia had some nice direct kicks and corner kicks,” Albright said, her team with four corner kicks to none for Homer. “Hannah made some very nice outside defensive plays; it was probably her best game of the season. And Logan Chase (freshman forward) had a nice header in the box to clear a ball away. She and Shea Swartwout (sophomore) did a great job up front tonight, making plays happen with their passing and dribbling.”
CORTLAND JVs got goals from sophomores Emily Edwards and Taylor Ludwig and eighth-grader Alaina Rabusin in a 3-2 win over Homer to improve to 3-6 league and 3-7 overall. Madison Dimorier scored both goals in the first half for the Trojans, who led 2-1 at the break and are now 4-6 league and overall. CHS freshman goalie Madisyn Zimmer earned praise from coach Kristy Tartaglia for her performance as she made nine saves. Anna Gugerty stopped four shots in the first half for the visitors, while Jordan Laundry made three saves in the second half.
The Cortland JVs host Chittenango Saturday at Barry starting at 10 a.m. before both of Cortland’s teams visit Syracuse CBA Monday in 5 p.m. starts. Homer’s squads are both next in action on Tuesday when they host East Syracuse-Minoa at Butts Field, the varsity game being played first starting at 4:30 p.m.
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