October 17, 2006


Record setting outing for Homer

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Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Laura Buerkle of Homer set the school single-season scoring record last night.

The best thing about this 4-0 soccer shutout posted by Homer Central girls last night was the most obvious, as beating Chittenango wrapped up first place in the OHSL Freedom Division standings.
“They realized their first goal, to win a league championship,” said Coach Jim Baranello after the Trojans improved to 14-0-1 in the division and 16-0-1 overall with this Butts Field triumph.
But there were additional bonuses coming from this victory.
* It was the seventh consecutive shutout for the state-ranked Trojans, who broke a two-year-old school record with their 14th blanking of the season.
 * This 16th victory ties the school single-season record, as the Homer squad of 2004 finished 16-2-2. And the program now has 200 wins overall in this 366th outing.
* And senior Laura Buerkle also rewrote the record book while finishing with two goals and two assists.
The midfielder gave Homer a 2-0 lead 19 minutes into the second half off a direct kick for her 21st goal of the season, tying the school record set by Molly Yaman a year ago. With 13:11 remaining, Kaylee Benz dropped back a pass that Buerkle ripped into the Bears net from just inside the box for her record setting 22nd goal.
With 22 goals and 15 assists, Buerkle also broke her own single season scoring record. With 59 points, she surpassed the 57 points (19 goals-19 assists) collected a year ago.
Chittenango (0-14-1 Freedom Division, 1-15-1 overall) was within 1-0 at halftime, the lone goal from Homer coming when Benz headed home a Buerkle corner kick.
Homer got off 20 shots over those opening minutes, including 14 taken inside the box.
“We doing everything right, we’re just not finishing well. Teams go through that and we’re there not, but I can’t fault my kids at all,” said Coach Baranello.
Burkle’s two goals provided second half breathing room, while freshman Jaclyn Yonta hustled her way to her first varsity goal in the final minute, which tickled Baranello’s fancy. In fact, the play of everyone off the bench in this victory earned the coach’s Baranello post-game praise.
Homer dominated shots 35-5, with starting goalie Hillary Simon coming up with five saves to keep the shutout streak goalie. Danielle Reygers relieved late in the second half, and did not have to make a save.
Homer has the rest of the week off before hosting Cortland High at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Butts Field.




Overtime CBA goal nips Purple Tigers

DeWITT — The Cortland High girls’ soccer team gave its all Monday evening against host Syracuse CBA, but came up just short in a 1-0 overtime loss.
“This was the most intense and physical game that our team has seen, and I commend the girls for their determination throughout the full 100 minutes,” said Purple Tigers coach Abbey Albright, whose team is now 10-3-1 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 12-2-1 overall. The girls held their own on the field, mentally and physically; unfortunately, the end result did not go our way.”
It was the second time CBA (11-2-2 league, 11-4-2 overall) had beaten Cortland by 1-0, the first taking place at CHS on Sept. 22.
The only goal of the game came with 50 seconds left in the second overtime session as Natalie Rogers-Bell one-timed Chloe Zmolek’s  cross from the left-wing corner flag past Cortland keeper Natalie Khazzaka.
CBA had a 10-7 shot advantage in the game, and Khazzaka made three saves to one for the winners’ Grace Bernard.
The Purple Tigers close out the regular season by visiting Fulton Wednesday and Homer at_7 p.m. Saturday.
CORTLAND JVs fell 2-0 to CBA as Alexis Koval and Leanne Ockenden scored for the winners, both in the second half. Hannah Polanko-Baker had five saves for the Purple Tigers, who visit Fulton Wednesday and Homer Saturday, the latter a 5 p.m. start.




Griffith OT goal boost to Trojans

UNION SPRINGS — Jenae Griffith converted an assist by Ashley Brown with 3:10 left in overtime Monday to give the Homer field hockey team a 3-2 non-league win over host Southern Springs.
The Trojans, now 6-8-1 overall, opened the scoring with 4:47 left in the first half as Bailey O’Donnell scored of a pass from Cally Weddle.
“We didn’t come out playing our game in the beginning,” Homer coach Kate Smith said. “We were slow to the ball but finally put one in as Bailey did a good job of cutting to the ball and was very aggressive in the circle.”
The hosts’ Stephanie Jakaub tied the game at 1-1 early in the second half, and Meg Sacco gave Southern Springs a 2-1 lead when she scored with 19:07 left in regulation.
“During a very intense 14 and a half minutes, the Trojans struggled to keep the ball out of our defensive circle,” Smith said. “However, when Rachel Nachtrieb re-entered the game, her strong stick work and eye for the ball kept us on the offensive and we finally put one in to tie the game.”
Brown scored the game-tying goal with 5:24 left, assisted by O’Donnell. That led to Griffith’s game-winner.
“Entering overtime, we looked like we were finally warmed up and in the game, and after four penalty corners, we finally put one in,” Smith said.
Homer had a 10-9 shot advantage and got two saves from Stefanie Lewis and five from Krista Guy.
Homer visits Cato-Meridian at 6:30 p.m. today and hosts Cazenovia at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
HOMER JVs were 1-0 winners over Southern Springs, as Kim Carboine tipped in a cross from Mackenzie Sullivan with 17:35 left in the first half. The Trojans improved to 4-6-4.
“The girls continue to play with intensity, and have really shown a lot of heart,” Homer coach Kim Butts said. “After the goal the defense, led by Rachelle Holl, McKenna Riley and Brandi Harris, led the defense.”
The winners had a 4-3 shot advantage in the game, which was called due to darkness with 15 minutes left. Southern Springs had nine penalty corners to the Trojans’ four.
As Cato-Meridian does not have a JV team, Homer closes the season by hosting Cazenovia at 5 p.m. Wednesday.