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Homer’s Macy Boice (22), right, blocks the pass of Auburn’s Maliyah Tillman (6) in the first half Thursday at Butts Field.
Homer Central closed out the 2016 field hockey season with a frustrating overtime home field loss on Butts Field.
Emma Clark scored with 7:36 left in in the extra stanza to give Auburn a 2-1 OHSL Freedom American Division victory, putting a damper on the Trojans’ Senior Night festivities.
Still, Coach McKenna L’Hommedieu came away pleased by this well-played OT finale that was up for grabs.
“A very exciting game to end our season,” said Coach L’Hommedieu after the Trojans fnished up 2-6 in the American Division and 4-11 overall. “I am very proud of how we have come together. As we recognized our seniors tonight, we were pumped up and came ready to play.”
Despite that emotion, Maliyah Tillman gave the Maroons (5-9) a 1-0 lead with 8:26 left in the first half. Vivienne Tucker collected the assist.
Ashley Aloi tied things up for Homer late in the half. Aloi notched her second goal of the season with 1:17 left until the halftime break.
“I was worried that we would lose our momentum,” L’Hommedieu said of falling behind on the Tillman tally. “Ashley picked us back up by taking the goalie one-on-one and scoring the goal.”
The game remained tied after the second half before Clark scored the winning goal 2:24 into the 10-minute seven versus seven sudden death period.
Auburn had six shots to Homer’s three, but the Maroons held a huge 18-5 difference in penalty corners. Maddy Mallory recorded four saves for the Trojans. Lauren Dupre notched two saves for Auburn.
“Ashley, Macy Boice and Alsasce Sanders worked the ball well together for many runs and shooting opportunities,” L’Hommedieu said. “Rachael Osterhoudt and Samantha Button each had very strong defensive games. Madalyn Mallory had a nice game and is always a great leader on our team. Our seniors will be greatly missed.”
The pre-game ceremonies saw seniors Aloi, Mallory, Boice, Osterhoudt, Sanders, Keiana Adkins, Olivia Harrington, Haley Cough and Christine Rolfe honored along with their parents. Mallory, Osterhoudt and Harrington were the team captains this fall.