October 15, 2008


More Trojans frustration after 2-1 loss to Warriors


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer Central's Maureen DeAngles (8) is shadowed by Westhill's Ellie Radin (10) in the first half Tuesday night at Butts Field. Visiting Westhill pulled out a 2-1 victory.

For the fourth time this soccer season, Homer Central girls suffered an agonizing one-goal setback.
Visiting Westhill became the latest team to nip the Trojans, Kelly Ristoff scoring twice including the decisive goal 19 minutes into the second half to take a 2-1 victory in Tuesday night’s OHSL Liberty Division match-up at Butts Field.
That was the exact same score when the two teams meet earlier this season on the Warriors’ home turf, too.
“It all comes down to scoring goals. You score goals and it changes the game,” said Homer coach Jim Baranello of a season-long dilemma, a second half penalty kick by Morgan Osborne the lone Trojan tally. “These kids are working hard and they deserve to be in a better position than they are in.”
Where the Trojans are now is 7-5-1 in the Liberty Division — with four of those losses by one-goal margins — and 9-6-2 overall. The regular season concludes with a Thursday night hosting of Cazenovia, that Senior Night contest a 6:30 p.m. start at Butts Field.
Westhill (9-3 Liberty Division, 11-5 overall) was on the defensive for most of the opening half. But at the 32-minute mark a long ball over the top and a bit of defensive hesitation cost the Trojans, and an opportunistic Ristoff put the Warriors ahead 1-0.
Homer offensive pressure would pay off in the second half, when Osborne was knocked down from behind in the box. That led to a penalty kick that Osborne converted to knot things at a goal apiece.
Three minutes later, however, Ristoff connected on a shot struck from the right wing, from a tough angle, and the Warriors were ahead for keeps. Homer did not have a truly dangerous scoring chance for the rest of regulation.
The Trojans did get some solid play from sophomore Kindra Kohne and freshman Jessica Parmiter from the midfield, while eighth grader Emma Porter came off the bench and performed well for Coach Barnaello.
“Hopefully, the good thing is we are going to have to play them again and we’ll beat them when it truly matters,” said Baranello, looking ahead to the Section 3 Class B tournament. The Cazenovia game comes first, though Baranello may use that occasion to use younger players after five Trojan seniors take bows before the game.
Cazenovia comes into the game off a 4-2 victory over Jordan-Elbridge last night. The two teams will battle for fourth place.
“We’re just going to keep plugging away,” said Baranello. “We’re still in a good place and we are capable of beating anyone.”
HOMER JVs pulled out a 1-0 victory over Westhill, Rachel Perine scoring the game-winning goal with 1:22 left in the game.
Goalie Jessica Mitchell kept Westhill scoreless, coming up with 10 saves. Homer held a slight 15-13 shot edge, Gwen Dougherty with a dozen saves for the Warriors.
Homer will take on Cazenovia at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Butts Field.