December 6, 2013


Area trio earns first-team honors

After winning the OHSL Freedom National Division regular-season soccer title, Homer Central girls received two first team all-stars.
Cortland High garnered one first team selections, while American Division champion Jamesville-DeWitt led the way with four first team picks on the overall list.
Trojan sophomore midfielder Kim Dieroff and sophomore forward Olivia Porter received first-team consideration from the league’s coaches as did Purple Tiger senior midfielder Liza Ferro.
Leading the way for the Red Rams were junior defender Caroline Kopp, sophomore forward Paige Sherling, junior midfielder Erin Brinley and senior goalkeeper Allison Butler. Kopp was the Freedom Division co-Player of the Year while Red Ram mentor Hayley Nies was the division’s Coach of the Year.
CBA senior midfielder Eva Gordon shared the Player of the Year honor and was joined on the first team by junior defender Alexa Radziewicz to represent the Brothers.
Rounding out the Freedom Division first team all-star squad were the East Syracuse-Minoa midfield trio of senior Sarah Britton, senior Caitlyn Gagen and junior Julie Steinhauer, Chittenango senior defender Sara Pierce and Fulton sophomore defender Callie Beckwith.
Freedom Division Second Team All-Stars included Homer senior defender Meghan Dieroff and sophomore midfielder Carolyne Yonta, plus Cortland senior defender Sarah Endress.
Completing the second team are junior defender Kate Boyer and sophomore forward Lauren Billington from Chittenango, the CBA trio of senior goalkeeper Lindsay Evans, senior midfielder Hailey Dobbins and junior defender Chloe Germain, the J-D trio of junior defender Julia Slisz, junior forward Amber Hyatt and sophomore midfielder Alex Fontana, plus ES-M freshman forward Marissa Greiner along with Fulton senior defender Amelia Coakley and freshman midfielder Sydney Gilmore.
Honorable mentions included senior defender Raeann Dunn and junior midfielder Talia Cruz from Cortland, senior defender Hannah McEvoy and sophomore defender Hannah Casey of Homer, J-D senior defender Maggie Austin and sophomore midfielder Allie Balotin, CBA senior defender Jasminy Ehrich and sophomore forward Kate Lacasse, ES-M junior forward Natalie O’Brien and sophomore defender Madeline Armstrong, Chittenango junior midfielder Sarah Moon and Fulton senior forward Sarah Halstead.
Homer coach Jim Baranello and Cortland High’s Abbey Albright comment of their first team all-stars.
Albright on Ferro: “This year Liza made the move from defender to central midfield. She was a contender to every ball and forced many turnovers. Liza gave her all in each game and was always helping her teammates. Throughout the season Liza was a threat in every game.”
Ferro scored one goal this season.
Baranello of Dieroff: “Just a sophomore and already a three year varsity player, Kim has been named an all-league player for the third time in her playing career. She combines her unbelievable athletic ability, strength and speed to be what I consider one of the best players in Central New York. This year she was marked and double teamed every game and still managed to score a team-leading 14 goals. She has already climbed to fifth in career scoring with two years of eligibility remaining. Kim’s acceleration and overall speed with the ball at her feet is what makes her so special.”
Dieroff also dished out three assist to finish with 31 points this fall. Her career numbers are 41 goals and eight assists for 90 points. Dieroff was also named to the All-Section 3 team for the second time in her career.
Baranello on Porter: “Olivia just played her second year as a varsity player has earned her first All-league first team honor. Olivia’s incredible work rate is what I believe earned her that honor. She is absolutely tireless when on the field. Playing primarily as a forward, Olivia time and time again would drop into the midfield to pressure the opposition and win the ball back. With the ball at her feet, she was a handful for any team to contain.”
Porter scored four goals this season with one assist for nine points.


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