October 18, 2011
Trojans lean on seniors
Playing on Senior Night, the Homer Central field hockey team got leadership from its upperclassmen in scoring its first OHSL Division II West win of the season, 2-0 over Cato-Meridian at Butts Field.
“On Senior Night the six seniors showed excellent leadership, and all contributed to this total team effort win,” Trojans coach Ellen Garrett said, her team now 1-8-2 in the league and 2-10-2 overall. “LeeAnne Pedrick made some key saves to ensure a shutout on her final home game in the goal. Jessica McLaughlin played one of her best overall games at the midfield position, and had some crisp passing combinations with Katelyn Barhite at center midfield.
“Adrianna Pizzola was strong in controlling the backfield with help from Gabby Burhans, and Becca DeWitt had some great clears from the circle at her sweeper position.”
Junior Maria Urban led the offense with a goal and an assist for her first points of the season. She put home the rebound of a shot at 14:10 of the first half, and got the assist on a goal by Morgan Hollenbeck at 12:20 of the second. Hollenbeck now has four goals and four points this fall to lead Homer in both categories.
“Maria had a great game working the ball up the sideline, and getting off shots in the circle,” Garrett said. “She has shown steady improvement all season, and she was able to put it all together tonight. The girls worked hard to control their possessions, and worked the ball up the field with nice control and better stickwork. It was so good to see the skills worked on all season transferred to game play. I continue to be so impressed with the perseverance of this team. It was a great win for the girls, and I am very proud of them.”
Pedrick stopped six shots in all to 12 for Cassandra Greene of Cato-Meridian (0-9-1, 1-11-1), the winners with a 15-8 shot advantage.
The Trojans close out the season Wednesday at East Syracuse-Minoa.
HOMER JVs were nipped by Cato-Meridian 2-1, freshman Betty Toolan with the lone goal in the loss — working the length of the field before slipping a shot past the Blue Devils goal.
“It is always disappointing when we have more shots on goal but we just cannot get it consistently into the net,” said Trojans coach Kori Buhr. “Dani Angell really did an amazing job dodging Cato to get around them. This is her first year playing field hockey and she really shined tonight using the skills that she has been coached.”
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