CENTRAL SQUARE — Homer Central boys came close to grabbing a much-needed win Tuesday, but ended up settling for an overtime tie.
The Trojans battled host Central Sqaure to a 2-2 draw in the non-league road clash, as both teams went scoreless in extra-time.
Homer is 1-3-1 overall while Central Square stands at 2-2-1.
“Despite the long bus ride after a late start from school due to all the first day trials and tribulations of bussing, we were still ready to play,” Homer coach Dick O’Shea said. “Although we played strong and controlled play for the majority of second half, neither team could score.”
Homer struck first off a corner kick. Joey Esposito sent a long kick to the far post. Riley McEvoy settled the ball at the top of the six and fired the ball into the goal with 21 minutes left in the first half.
Central Square knotted the score at 1-1 with six minutes left in the half. Ethan Hayner slid the ball to Victor Lasserre on a breakaway.
Lasserre beat Trojan goalkeeper Cody Wagner for the equalizer.
The Trojans got a break with 30 seconds left in the half. Marton Tozser was taken down in the box on a breakaway. A penalty kick was awarded and Tozser drilled the ball home for a 2-1 Homer lead.
Homer started the second half flat, but held strong until there were 17 minutes left in regulation time. Wagner made an initial save, but Hayner collected the rebound and put the ball back into the goal to tie the game at 2-2.
Neither team could score in the remainder of regulation time or the two overtime periods.
“Both teams played even for balance of regulation, with Wagner continuing to turn away any threats through aggressive play,” O’Shea noted.
Wagner finished with 13 saves while Rhys Rupracht made six saves for the Redhawks. Central Square enjoyed a 19-14 edge in shots and 10-8 advantage in corner kicks.
Homer will have a week off before heading to Jamesville-DeWitt Sept. 13 for a 4:30 p.m. OHSL Freedom National Division match.
HOMER JVs were shut out 5-0 at Central Square.
“We lost sweeper Adam Brown when he ran into the goal post trying to stop their first goal and hurt his knee,” Homer coach Chad Totman said. “This forced a couple players to play some positions that they were not used to. We got caught often without tight mark which put us out of shape and made it hard for us to get out of our end. When we were able to we attacked their corners and gained some good opportunities but were unable to finish.”
Ethan Lunas made six saves in the Trojan goal.
In a late report, Jacob McGory scored the only Homer goal in a 3-1 loss to Fowler.
Homer JVs will host Lansing Friday at 4:30 p.m.