November 27, 2012


OHSL girls soccer: Porter, DeGraff 1st team booters

Homer Central and Cortland High each placed one player on the OHSL Freedom Division girls’ soccer all-star first team for the recently concluded season.
Trojans senior midfielder Emma Porter and Purple Tigers senior defender Amanda DeGraff were named to the elite squad by vote of the coaches in the league’s National and American Divisions.
Junior midfielder Eva Gordon from Syracuse CBA is Freedom Player of the Year, and Jamesville-DeWitt’s Hayley Nies is the Coach of the Year.
Joining Porter and DeGraff on the first team are sophomore defender Caroline Kopp, senior midfielder Maddie Devereaux and senior forward Jessica Holmes from Freedom National champion J-D; seniors Mary Morrison (defender) and Jocelyn Ravesi (midfielder) from Freedom American winner Fulton; sophomore defender Julia Steinhauer and senior midfielder Olivia Chopskie from East Syracuse-Minoa; senior forwards Marissa Romeo from CBA and Myadah Kaila from Syracuse and Mexico senior goalkeeper Tyler Julian.
Homer senior defender Sara Yonta and freshman forward Kim Dieroff are on the all-league second team, as is Cortland senior forward Rachel Prentice. Joining them are freshmen Alex Fontana (midfielder) and Paige Shurling (forward) from J-D; Fulton freshman defender Callie Beckwith and senior midfielder Hannah Geitner; CBA defenders Alexa Radziewicz (sophomore) and Alyssa Pitonzo (senior); ES-M junior midfielder Caitlin Gagen and senior forward Kaitlyn Shaughnessy; Mexico senior midfielder Ann Marie Tagliarini and Syracuse junior defender Ella Neville.
Among the honorable mentions are senior goalkeeper Amanda Edwards and junior midfielder Liza Ferro from Cortland and, from Homer, freshman back Carolyn Yonta (Sara’s sister) and senior midfielder Jessica Walter.
Also accorded honorable mention are J-D juniors Maggie Austin (back) and Ally Butler (goalkeeper); Fulton senior goalkeeper Ally Bricker, senior back Kyra Sanchez and senior forward Courtney Beckwith; CBA senior midfielders Maddie Calkins and Olivia Pitonzo; ES-M juniors Sarah Britton (back) and Ashley Scalzo (forward); Mexico senior midfelder Kali Domicolo and sophomore forward Victoria Towndrow and Syracuse seniors Allison Dwyer (forward) and Selena Lupkowski (midfielder).
Homer coach Jim Baranello said of Porter: “Emma has had an outstanding career at Homer High School. She was one of very few players that played varsity soccer for five years. Emma made an immediate impact as an eighth grader and has gotten better every year. This year was by far her best year. I thought she was the best central midfielder in our league. Emma’s selection to the All League first team was well deserved. The fact that she was selected to the All Section 3 team demonstrates that the other coaches in our league also felt the same.”
Porter finished with four goals and four assists for 12 points. She finishes her career with 10 goals and 18 assists for 38 points.
In commenting on DeGraff, Cortland coach Brian Rogers noted: “Amanda was a real standout this year. She had the added task of playing with two new defenders, including a new center back. She led the team defensively and created a cohesive defense that had seven shutouts and limited many of the opposing teams’ opportunities on goal. When we needed a leader, on and off the field, it was Amanda who stepped up and took on that role.”
In addition to her defensive play, DeGraff also scored one goal this season.

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