October 19, 2011


Upset win helps Homer enjoy this Senior Night

On a special night honoring the senior boys on the Homer Central soccer team, they went out winners on George Butts Field.
Senior Drew Christopher assisted on a pair of goals by junior Zac Moore to help the Trojans post a 3-1 OHSL Liberty Division upset victory over Cazenovia on Tuesday.
While avenging an earlier loss to the Lakers, the Trojans improve to 4-7 in the division, 6-9 overall and remain in the running to secure a spot in the upcoming Section 3 Class B tournament.
“We were flat for the first 10 minutes of the game, but we controlled play after that,” Homer coach Dave Shiffman. “We started winning every ball. We made good passes, had good touches and good ball movement. We were stringing our passes together and it was nice to see us playing more aggressively.
“With the lead, we played smart soccer in the second half,” he added. “Everyone really worked hard in the game and that’s because we have been working hard in practice.”
Cazenovia fell to 7-3 in the Liberty Division, 8-4 overall.
Isak Nilsson gave Homer a 1-0 lead with 29:57 left in the first half. Nilsson made a nice one-touch flick of the ball after settling a great crossing pass from the right flank by Aaron Zimmerman. It was Nilsson’s seventh goal of the season.
The Trojans took a 2-0 lead with 8:14 left in the half when Christopher delivered a nice pass from the right side. Moore was there for the finish and connected. The two hooked-up again with 4:52 left in the first half for a 3-0 cushion. Moore shares the team lead in goals scored with Andras Tozser at nine. Christopher collected his fifth and sixth assists of the season.
Taylor Withiam played well in goal. The senior made six saves and gave up a rebound goal with 19:30 left in the match to Cazenovia’s Tyler Modzeleski. It was a penalty kick that Withiam made the initial save, but Modzeleski followed up his first kick by hustling for the loose ball and getting the second attempt into the back of the goal.
“Taylor played a nice game in goal,” Shiffman said. “Alec Sovocool and Nate McLyman played improved games defensively. Dillon Bergmark had a solid game as did Zach Randall, Austin Smith and Allen Perry, before he got hurt and left the game.”
Homer closes out Liberty Division regular season action Friday, traveling to Solvay in a game that has been moved to a 6 p.m. start.
HOMER JVs suffered a tough 1-0 loss to visiting Cazenovia and is now 7-7 on the season.
“It was a tough loss for us tonight because we played so well,” Homer coach Chad Totman said. “I was so proud of them. Short of scoring, it was probably the best soccer we have played all year.
“Zach Crawford did a great job marking their number one striker,” he added. “Jas Singh played his best game to season. We had a number of really close opportunities and hit some posts, but couldn’t finish.”
Cazenovia scored its only goal during second-half play and held on. It was a well-placed shot in the upper 90. Jake Gray made 11 saves in the Trojan nets.
Homer JVs will host Marcellus Thursday at 5 p.m. before the Trojans close out the regular season Friday by traveling to Solvay for a 4:30 p.m. match.
— Cortland High boys are in OHSL Freedom Division action this evening, hitting the road to take on Chittenango in a 7 p.m. start.


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