October 5 , 2006


Trojans survive on Kohne’s tally

SoccerBob Ellis/staff photographer

In a downpour at Butts Field, Meghan Finn (left) of Homer and Caris Bracy of Fulton leap for a loose ball. Trojans were 1-0 winners.

Kindrah Kohne has proven her value to her soccer teammates this fall.
The eighth-grader notched the third goal of her young career in the 65th minute to lift state-ranked Homer Central a 1-0 OHSL Freedom Division win over Fulton Wednesday night at Butts Field.
The Trojans, ranked third in this week’s Class A state poll, are are now 11-0-1 in division and overall play after their ninth shutout of the season. Fulton falls to 3-6-2 in division play, 3-6-3 overall.
“The weather was horrible,” Homer coach Jim Baranello said. “It rained most of the game. The kids were soaked and we just could not put the ball in the net.”
Homer certainly had their chances with 28 shots, 14 coming in the box, but only Kohne got the ball past goalkeeper Kristin Kush, who made 14 saves.
Kohne took a nice crossing pass from Erin McSherry, who was coming up the right side of the field. McSherry sent the ball into the box. Kohne one-touched the ball by one defender and stuck her shot into the corner.
“It was a great goal from Kindrah,” Baranello said. “Erin gave her a nice pass. Kindrah settled the ball and made a quality shot from an eighth-grader.
“We put a lot of shots on goal on night, but Kush made some great saves. It was just one of those night for us.”
One thing that has remained constant all season is the defensive play of the Trojans. Homer has surrendered just five goals all season long, three of those scored by Cortland.
“The girls take a lot of pride in their defensive record,” Baranello said. “Our seniors, Molly Siwula and Meghan Marchetti anchor us in the middle with Hillary (Simon) in goal. Morgan Osborne is just a sophomore and has done a great job on the right side while (sophomore) Kazzie Kohne, who has been out the past couple of games with an injury, and another sophomore, Maureen DeAngles, have been strong on the left side. Maureen is really our 12th player and subs in on defense or midfield. She has stepped up big with Kazzie out.”
This defensive unit held Fulton to three shots in the game, not a single Red Raider shot was taken in the second half. Simon made one save and lowered her goals-against average to 0.4957.
Homer Central girls return to action Saturday and Sunday as the Trojans compete in the Rome Free Academy Tournament. Homer will face Ilion in the first round Saturday at 3 p.m. The Trojans will play Sauquoit or the host Black Knights Sunday.
HOMER JVs lost a 1-0 decision when Fulton scored with 4:22 left in the second overtime period. The goal came when the ball popped free and trickled in after a collision between a Fulton player, Homer defender and goalkeeper Melisa Devaney, who made nine saves in the extended match. Homer is now 3-9 on the season.



Mustangs end Homer’s win streak

MARCELLLUS — Homer Central boys saw their two-game winning streak snapped Wednesday as the Trojans dropped a 5-0 OHSL Liberty Division soccer match on a muddy Marcellus field.
The Trojans dropped to 4-5 in division play, 4-7 overall.
“The field was a mess and that hurt us,” Homer coach Dave Shiffman said. “Marcellus is a big, strong team. They did not dominate play and did some scoring on counterattacks, but we just did not move as well as they did for the conditions.
“With that said, we did not play that bad. We did not get a lot of pressure on them.”
Marcellus (6-1 division, 8-3 overall) took a 1-0 lead with 15 minutes left in the first half when Kevin Merriman took a long through pass from Joe Sullivan and blistered a hard shot into the net.
The Mustangs, ranked 10th in the latest Class B state poll, got another goal late in the half when Tim McNaney blooped a 25-yard shot over goalkeeper Joe May (seven saves). May planted his foot, but slipped in the mud and the ball tipped off his fingers.
“Joe was playing the ball right,” Shiffman added. “He just had his foot slip out from under him. It was just one of those things that happen.”
Marcellus notched their third and fourth goals on long through balls. Tom Glose scored with 34:50 left for a 3-0 cushion and Merriman sent a long ball through to Alex Rouse for the fourth Mustang goal with 22:03 remaining.
Derrick McCall entered the Trojan goal at this point. With 10 minutes left, Glose pushed a shot past McCall (two saves) for the final 5-0 margin.
Marcellus held a 12-5 advantage in shots and took nine cornerkicks, seven of those in the first half.
“We really did a good job of clearing the ball on corner kicks,” Shiffman said. “Forrest Young, Nate Hudson and Sam Watrous all played well defensively. Paul Zimmerman and Jack Kissel did a good job of marking their players.”
Homer will return to action Saturday as the Trojans travel to Corcoran for a 1 p.m. non-league match.
HOMER JVs slipped to 6-4-1 after a 4-1 loss at Marcellus Wednesday. Marcellus grabbed a 2-0 lead before halftime and that proved to be the difference.
“We didn’t come ready to play in the first half,” Homer coach Chad Totman said. “We were very passive and making mistakes that we shouldn’t have. That cost us two goals.” Corey Hess notched the Trojan goal by finishing off a nice ball played into the box on a direct kick.



Knight runs second for CHS in rematch

EAST SYRACUSE — A duel between two of the top girls’ cross country runners in Class A of Section 3 highlighted Cortland High’s meet with host East Syracuse-Minoa and Phoenix Wednesday.
In a reversal of last fall’s Class A sectional race, the Purple Tigers’ Margaret Knight finished second to Leah Andrianos of ES-M, who won in 20:58. Knight was right behind in 21:02 as the CHS girls fell to ES-M 26-30, only to defeat Phoenix 18-38. Cortland’s boys, meanwhile, lost to ES-M 21-39 and Phoenix 27-28.
“Margaret ran a tough race against Leah,” said Cortland coach Bob Vidulich, whose team is now 3-3 on the season. “Although she fell on the course she didn’t let it bother her, running a good time on a very sloppy course.
“Deanna Bishop looked real strong and finished very sharp in 21:08 (fourth); she is really gaining and looking much stronger. Kristie Endler was consistent and tough in 23:21 (sixth), and Jenn Merckel moved up and took over the fourth position on the team (seventh overall in 23:28), which as an eighth-grader is just amazing.”
Cassie Clark rounded out the scoring for the Purple Tigers, finishing 15th in 29:51.
CORTLAND BOYS are now 2-4 on the season.
“T.J. Rosetti looked sharp (taking fourth in 18:41) and Sam Narby (fifth in 18:52)ran strong with an excellent finish,” Vidulich said, the CHS boys now 2-4. “Mike O’Donnell (12th in 19:04) also looked strong.”
Geoff Peppel was 15th in 19:38 and Brendan Schreiner 16th in 19:42 to round out the Cortland scoring.
Both Purple Tiger varsity squads will compete in the Tully Invitational on Saturday.