October 27, 2011


Trojans ousted by Knights

HOLLAND PATENT — Even a very good effort was not enough to keep the Homer Central boys alive in post-season soccer play.
Nick Roberts scored a pair of goals to help fifth-seed Holland Patent post a 3-1 homefield Section 3 Class B first round victory over the 12th-seeded Trojans Wednesday.
“The guys played hard,” Homer coach Dave Shiffman said after a 6-10-1 season concluded. “They held nothing back. In fact, both teams really played well under the sloppy, muddy field conditions. Holland Patent played just as hard as we did and they played a clean game against us.”
The Golden Knights (12-5) took a 1-0 lead with 26:32 left in the first half as Roberts scored his first goal. Roberts made a nice one-touch with the ball before depositing a low, hard shot inside the near post.
That goal seemed to to put a spark in the Trojans, who picked up the pace. The increased intensity led to Andras Tozser tying the game at 1-1 with 10:39 left in the half. Spence Hartnett sent a free kick towards the goal and Tozser connected on his 10th goal of the season with a solid header into the back of the net.
Homer kept up the pressure for the remainder of the half. Dylan Shattuck, Zac Moore and Tozser had scoring chances, but were not able to deliver the go-ahead goal.
A questionable foul on the Trojans led to a Golden Knights’ penalty kick with 49 seconds left in the half. Ryan Ehlinger converted the opportunity and Holland Patent enjoyed a 2-1 halftime lead.
That late goal took a little out of the Trojans and the home team capitalized. Roberts scored his second goal with 30:02 remaining in the match. Noah Roberts dished out his second assist on the goal and the Golden Knights had a little breathing room.
Shiffman reported that the final 30 minutes were rather uneventful and the clock ticked down on the Trojans’ season.
“The guys showed a lot of class throughout the game,” Shiffman said. “Even through some adversity, the guys kept their composure and kept playing with class.
“Nick Burton, Alex Sovocool and Dylan Shattuck all played good games,” he continued. “I would like to thank the seniors for all their contributions. Isak Nilsson, Drew Christopher, Spence Hartnett, Aaron Zimmerman, Travis Curatolo, Taylor Withiam and Dillon Bergmark worked hard throughout the season, as did Allen Perry who was out again today. These guys helped us make it to sectionals this season.”
Withiam made seven saves in his final game as the Trojans’ goalkeeper. Andy Haier recorded two saves for Holland Patent, who advances to face Westhill.


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