OSWEGO — Marton Tozser got off to a strong start as Homer Central picked up win number one for new boys’ soccer head coach Dick O’Shea.
Tozser scored a pair of goals as the Trojans downed host Oswego 3-2 in the opening round of the Buccaneers Tournament Friday to begin the season on a high note.
Homer will face East Syracuse-Minoa at 2 p.m. this afternoon in the title game. Those Spartans were 1-0 winners over Central Square in the other first round match-up.
“Marton worked hard the entire game to distribute the ball in the offensive third and create opportunities,” O’Shea said after Torzer’s productive outing.
“Jackson Brazo, Max Riley, Ethan Laundry and Ben Herman anchored a very strong effort for the Homer defense,” the coach added. “Behind them, Cody Wagner played a very aggressive first game as a varsity goalie. The defensive midfield led by Joey Esposito, Jake Riley and Riley McEvoy controlled the ball for much of the game.”
Oswego took a 1-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of play when Tyler Dohse settled a throw-in pass and found the net.
Tozser scored the first Homer goal with 11 minutes left in the half. He took a pass from Riley McEvoy and fired a shot off the Buccaneer goalkeeper. Tozser collected his own rebound and put the second chance away.
The Trojans took the lead with two minutes left in the first half. Julian Ponirakis dribbled the ball across the box and slid the pass to Scott Maus for the finish and a 2-1 advantage.
Tozser made it 3-1 on a penalty kick 12 minutes into the second half. Maus was taken down in the box which drew the penalty call.
Oswego got its second goal with 14 minutes remaining when Restem Bouffard broke through the Trojan back line. The Trojan defense held the rest of the way despite some good Oswego possessions.
Homer held a 12-9 advantage in shots while Oswego had three cornerkicks to Homer’s two. Wagner made five saves in the Trojan goal.
HOMER JVs were short-handed, but got some help from two juniors on the varsity squad and won 4-3 on penalty kicks after playing Oswego to a 1-1 draw through regulation time and two five-minute overtime periods.
“Because we have a short bench we asked Ethan Whittington and Isac Burroughs to help us out for today,” Homer coach Chad Totman said as he only had 11 of his 14 players available. “It made a huge difference for us to get a couple subs as we were dealing with two players that had some sore joints and it was extremely hot.
“Our defense was the star,” he added. “Ethan Lunas (10 saves) in goal was fabulous. He came out when he should have and not giving any rebounds, and of course in pks. Both teams struck the ball well, but Ethan was able to get his hands on one and save another.”
Oswego took a 1-0 lead with 1:58 remaining in regualtion time. Homer answered right back as Dominic Tutino defected a ball from Burroughs into the goal 43 seconds later.
“Adam Brown at sweeper was great giving us depth but not too much and tackling hard when needed,” Totman said. “Ryan McLaughlin, Jacob McGory and Isac Burroughs did a great job in one on one situations. Ethan Whittington gave us great energy when he played in the central part of the field and was a huge part of our attack.”
In the shootout, Brown, Lunas, Marcos Delacuadra and McGory scored for the Trojans. McGory scored the game-winner with a hard shot into the lower left corner of the goal as the fifth Homer shooter.
Homer JVs will meet East Syracuse-Minoa in the 2 p.m. championship game.