October 22, 2008
Trojans get KO’d early by Lakers
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Rayne Perry (20) of Homer and Emily Ross (23) of Skaneateles battle for the ball during Tuesday’s Section 3 Class B first round tournament soccer match-up at Butts Field. Visiting Skaneateles pulled off 2-1 upset.
Getting knocked out in the opening round of sectionals was an unexpected and relatively new experience for Coach Jim Baranello and his Homer Central soccer girls.
On a cold and windy Tuesday evening at George W. Butts Field, Carly Davis stole a poor clearing pass and scored two minutes into the second half for the go-head goal that gave 11th-seed Skaneateles a 2-1 victory over the sixth-seeded Trojans in the Section 3 Class B tournament’s opening round.
It was the first time in his six seasons directing the Trojans that Coach Baranello has been ousted this early in post-season play. Finishing with a 10-7-2 overall record, those seven setbacks were also the most ever for a Baranello-coached squad.
Skaneateles (10-9) will advance to the quarterfinals to face third-seed Marcellus (17-3), a 6-0 first round winner over South Jefferson yesterday.
In other Class B first-round matches, Westhill shut out Mount Markham 5-0, Cazenovia clipped Herkimer 1-0 and Watertown IHC defeated Adriondack 6-1. Sherburne-Earlville will travel to Manlius-Pebble Hill today for a 3 p.m. contest.
“We have had trouble scoring goals all season long and tonight was the same way,” said Coach Baranello after Homer lost to its OHSL Liberty Division cohort. “We did not make many mistakes, but those we did make hurt us.”
Homer had blanked Skaneateles twice during the regular season. The Trojans were 1-0 overtime winners at this same Butts Field site and beat the Lakers by that same 1-0 score in Skaneateles.
This time around, visiting Skaneateles took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute off a direct-kick restart just outside the 18-yard line. Maddie Morrissey got her foot on a ball that banged around in the box and stuck into the back of the goal.
“We had too many players in the wall,” Baranello explained. “We had three players instead of one or two. That left other players unmarked. Morrissey got clear as the ball was bouncing around and she stuck it in the goal.”
The first short pass followed by long ball down the field style of play used by Skaneateles, and many of the Liberty Division teams, has been a problem for Homer throughout the season and that style kept the Lakers in the lead.
Homer got on the board 23 seconds into second half play when Kazzondrah Kohne scored the equalizer. Rayne Perry made a nice crossing pass that Kohne headed into the nets for her second goal of the season.
The 1-1 tie only lasted 90 seconds.
When the Trojans had trouble clearing the ball from their own zone. Davis intercepted the ball and broke in unmarked against Trojan goalkeeper Danielle Reygers (six saves). Davis won the one-on-one confrontation with a nice passing shot as the Lakers took a 2-1 lead.
Homer tried to mount a comeback bid, but the re-energized Skaneateles girls kept their composure and pulled off a big first-round upset.
“We had Skaneateles down when we tied the game quickly to start the second half,” said Baranello. “We were starting to take control, but one mistake and we are trailing again. Skaneateles gained the momentum after that second goal and it carried them to the win.”
As for the 2008 season overall, Baranello offered these thoughts.
“We were a young team this season with just five seniors,” he said. “With three sophomores, one freshman and two eighth-graders, we learned a lot this season and have gained some valuable experience.
“Three seniors, Morgan Osborne, Maureen DeAngles and Kazzie Konhe, have been here for a long time,” Baranello continued. “Kailee Williams and Rebecca Wallis joined us this season. They all were important to us and helped provide leadership to the younger players. We will be back next year and looking for a much better season.”
Overall, the Trojans were a good defensive team, giving up just 14 goals in 19 games and never more than two goals in any one game. The Trojans and junior goalkeeper Reygers recorded 10 shutouts. Homer also played five overtime games this season, posting a 2-1-2 mark in those contests.
Kindrah Kohne led the team with seven goals and 14 points. No one else was in double figures in total points. Kourtenee Kohne, Jessica Parmiter, Morgan Osborne and Emily Williams each finished with three goals. Of those five players mentioned above, only Osborne is graduating.
Skaneateles 2, Homer 1
Skaneateles 1 1 — 2
Homer 0 1 — 1
Goals-Assists: Skaneateles- Maddy Morrissey 1-0, Carly Davis 1-0. Homer- Kindrah Kohne 1-0, Rayne Perry 0-1.
Shots: Homer 11, Skaneateles 9
Corner Kicks: Homer 4, Skaneateles 2
Saves: Erica Tardiff (Skan) 6, Danielle Reygers (Hom) 6
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