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October 7, 2009

 

Trojans go OT to tame Tigers

Soccer

Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Rachel Prentice (17) of Cortland High and Kindrah Kohne (right) of Homer Central battle for the ball Tuesday night at Butts Field, where host Homer was a 2-1 overtime soccer winner.

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

It was a soccer match that began and ended with a flurry, but was mired with a lot of action between the 18s otherwise.
With 1:35 left in the second 10-minute overtime, Jessica Parmiter converted a nice crossing pass from Kindrah Kohne to lift Homer Central girls to a 2-1 OHSL Freedom Division victory over a tough Cortland High squad at George Butts Field.
It was the second goal scored by the Trojans (5-4 division, 6-4 overall) off a corner-kick set piece in the match.
“It was a very pass by Kindrah in the corner to Jessica,” Homer coach Jim Baranello said. “It was a good play. The girls are free to make the call for the short inbounds kick at anytime. Emily Williams made the decision and got the ball back in play quickly to Kindrah.
“Everyone really rose to the occasion in this game,” he added. “Our forwards kept the Cortland backs busy the whole game. Our midfield play was good. Kindrah really had an excellent game at midfield. She hustled and was everywhere.”
“We did have some trouble marking tonight,” Cortland coach Brian Rogers said. “We really played hard most of the 100 minutes. We did lose our focus a little bit and it hurt us. Those were the first two goals off cornerkicks that we have given up this season.
“It was was a good, tough game,” he continued. “Homer is a good, balanced team. I would look for us to bounce back from this loss.”
Cortland (7-2, 9-2), who won an earlier encounter back on Sept. 4 by an identical 2-1 count, took a 1-0 lead in the opening 30 seconds. Aubrey VanGorder chased down a through ball at the Homer end-line and delivered a perfect centering pass. Maya Gebhardt ran onto the ball and ripped a shot that eluded Trojan goalkeeper Dani Reygers (seven saves).
“It was nice that we scored quickly, but it was also bad,” Rogers stated. “We relaxed a little after that goal, thinking it might be an easy game. We got very defensive as Homer came back. We did put better pressure on in the second half.”
“I was extremely disappointed that Cortland scored that quickly,” Baranello said. “Our girls fought back well. We had two very good games against Cortland this season and this was a big win for us this season.”
HOMER DID RESPOND to the quick strike by scoring four minutes later. Kourtenee Kohne sent the ball into the box on a cornerkick. Jaclyn Yonta won the battle for the ball and poked past Hannah Polanko-Baker (11 saves) with 35:38 left in the half.
The best Cortland chance to break the tie in the first half came with 15:15 left on the clock. VanGorder went her her right foot to left foot while splitting two defenders and delivered a hard shot that Reygers covered quickly.
“Aubrey is a dangerous player,” Baranello said. “You never really mark her well, you simply try to contain her. We decided to play her straight up tonight and it worked out.”
With 1:39 left in the half, Kaitlyn Buchanan flicked a one-timer just over the crossbar which would have given Homer the lead.
The first eight minutes of the second half saw both teams apply lots of pressure with both goalkeepers responding to the challenge. Erika Faberzak and Gebhardt ticketed shots at the far post and Reygers grabbed them. VanGorder chipped a point-blank shot over the cross bar.
Kindrah Kohne and Rayne Perry countered for the Trojans with Polanko-Baker holding her ground.
The Trojans had one excellent scoring chance with 9:25 remaining in regulation time. Polanko-Baker got caught in a crowd and the loose ball came to Yonta. She didn’t rip the shot, but made sure a soft on-target shot headed towards the empty net. Haley Meldrim rushed from her backside defensive spot and cleared the ball away from the Cortland goal.
In both overtimes, the scoring chances were few until Homer capitalized with Parmiter’s winning tally.
THAT WOULD NOT be the end of the excitement.
With 35 seconds left, Cortland got its only cornerkick of the match. The ball was sent high into the box. A player struck a header back towards the near post, but Reygers dove to her right and got the ball before it crossed the goal-line.
“It was a little scary,” Reygers said. “But, I knew Emily Williams was nearby and she had my back on the play. We had a lot of good teamwork out there tonight.
“This was a huge win for us,” she added. “It meant a lot to us. We played hard and so did Cortland. We always have close games with them.”
Cortland heads to East Syracuse-Minoa for Freedom Division action Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Homer will return to action Thursday as the Trojans travel to Chittenango for a Freedom Division match at 4:30 p.m.
CORTLAND JVS were 1-0 overtime winners over Homer at Butts Field, Katie Dovi scoring with 6:30 left in the second extra session. Dovi scored with a shot from just outside the 18 into the upper right corner of the goal.
“We may have controlled much of the first half,”Cortland coach Bob Applegate said. “It was all Homer the second half of play. Amanda Edwards had her work cut out for her in goal, making save after critical save against an aggressive and skillful Homer team.
“Adjusting to the absence of two key players due to injury and illness,” he continued. “We struggled to find our rhythm.”
Edwards made 11 saves to earn the shutout victory.
“We played a great game in regulation time,” Homer coach Allie Cook said. “We just could not finish on a couple of great opportunities. I think this was one of our best games to date. We just seem to be unlucky in overtime.”
Logan McEvoy and Hannah Roos split time in goal and combined for three saves in the Trojans’ goal.
Cortland JVs will travel to ES-M Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Homer JVs will travel to Chittenango Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. match.