October 16, 2007


Lakers hand Homer third straight loss

Loss for Homer

Rich Barnes/contributing photographer
Homer Central senior Dan DiGiovanna (15) tries to win possession of the ball during Monday’s 2-0 loss to Skaneateles at Butts Field.

Homer Central boys controlled most of the play in the opening half of Monday night’s OHSL Liberty Division soccer outing against Skaneateles.
But the Trojans were unable to turn opportunity into goals, and when goalie Derek McCall had to make a couple of big saves against the visitors late in that opening stanza that proved to be a bad omen.
Sure enough, in the second half Kyle Baier came up with a pair of goals for the Lakers who avenged an earlier loss to the Trojans and spoiled Senior Night by capturing a 2-0 victory at Butts Field.
The Trojans drop to 7-5-1 in Liberty Division play, with an 8-5-3 overall mark. Coach Dave Shiffman’s team has dropped three straight games, coming off one-goal losses against Marcellus and Manlius-Pebble Hill.
“I thought the kids played great, we just didn’t’ win,” said Shiffman of the loss to Skaneateles, feeling this was one of his team’s better performances of the season. “I’m sure they’re disappointed because they didn’t win, but I was proud of them.”
The youthful Lakers improve to 5-7 in league play and 7-9 overall in a late-season quest to qualify for sections. They had lost at home to Homer 3-1 earlier this season.
Jesse Carr picked up an assist in the victory and was midfield standout for the Lakers, the junior moving back to defense once Skaneateles went up by two goals.
Homer starter McCall made four saves in the opening half, with Jack Kissel coming on to collect three saves in the second half.
Skaneateles keeper Jake Bird finished with 15 saves to earn the shutout, the most dangerous Homer scoring chance coming when Brett Capps broke free but was denied a chance to tie the game in the second half.
Shiffman felt Paul Armideo and Bennett Quinlan had solid outings in the setback, felt Paul Zimmerman made some good things happen on the outside in the loss. Coming up empty despite finishing with a shot edge proved costly, Shiffman remarking of his front line: “We need more oomph up there.”
Homer heads to Bishop Ludden Thursday night at 7 p.m., looking for a win to improve their seed position once the brackets for sectional post-season play are determined this coming Sunday.
HOMER JVs dropped a 2-1 overtime game to Skaneateles, giving up a goal with 7:19 left in the second overtime period.
After goalie Johannes Helgren made some big saves for Homer in the early going, Carl Zimmerman gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with 10:28 left in the opening half. Ken Ensign started the play with a pass to Tae-Ho Ryu, who provided the crossing pass Zimmerman finished.
Skaneateles tied the game with 7:23 left in regulation before coming up with the win in overtime.
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for us,” said Coach Chad Totman. “We have lost our last four games, all one-goal games except to Marcellus. We need to pick up our heads and play hard Homer soccer and just keep positive.”
Helgren finished with 19 saves, Homer out-shot 27-7 in the contest. The Trojans play Thursday at Bishop Ludden.



Second half woes for McGraw

WATERVILLE — Depth became a factor Monday night as the McGraw Central boys’ soccer team dropped a 2-0 non-league decision to host Waterville.
The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half, before Ryan Marriott and Brett Bloomquist scored in the second half for the Indians.
“We stayed with them in the first half, but weren’t abler to attack enough to put pressure on their keeper,” said Eagles coach Coty Smith, whose team, now 4-11-1 overall, took two shots in the game to seven for the winners. “They had a good-sized bench, so they were able to rotate players more often and I think that after while we wore down.
“I’m hoping we cam come out strong in the last two games and end the season on a high note,” he added.
Keeper Josh Shepard made five saves for McGraw, which hosts Newfield at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in another non-league contest. Victor Selyuzhitsky wasn’t called on to make any saves in the Waterville net.
DeRuyter girls visit Cincinnatus today in a match-up of local CCL soccer squads, while first place McGraw plays host to Stockbridge Valley. Both games are 4:30 p.m. starts.




Dryden spikers roll to victory

WAVERLY — Dryden High, fresh from a weekend victory at its own tournament, sweep to a 25-11, 25-6, 25-13 volleyball victory at Waverly Monday night.
Danielle McCutcheon had 13 kills, Skyler Carroll served up 10 aces and Caitlyn Potter provided 22 assists as the Purple Lions improved to 7-0 in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference and 14-1 overall.
Keiran Raupers had four kills and two blocks to lead Waverly.
Dryden JVs won in two games, 25-20, and 25-16.
In another IAC match, Groton swept past Union Springs 25-18, 27-25, 25-10 as Chelsea Benson had five kills, three aces and two blocks, Annie Henderson four assists and four aces, Sophie Lampiasi three kills and six aces and Adrienne Cronk nine aces.
IN SOCCER, Marathon boys and girls will be part of an IAC playoff semifinal doubleheader taking place at Candor High School.
In the 4 p.m. opening girls’ semifinal game, Marathon (12-4) takes on Newark Valley (12-3). Marathon defeated Union Springs 2-0 Saturday to win the Division III title, while Newark Valley advanced as the wild card team.
Division I champion Lansing (16-0) and Division II winner Candor (11-4-1) meet in the other semifinal Wednesday, that game a 4 p.m. start at Dryden High School.
Dryden High boys will try to beat Marathon for the third time this season in the 6 p.m. semifinal nightcap being played at Candor.
Marathon (12-3-1) is the Division III champion, while Dryden (14-1-1) is the wild card team. Division I champion Lansing (14-0-2) and Division II champion Spencer-Van Etten (14-1-1) play in the other semifinal, a 6 p.m. start at Dryden High Wednesday.