December 2, 2021

Local players on first team

While their seasons may not have been the best, Cortland High and Homer Central were both represented when the OSHL Freedom National Division Girls’ Soccer First team all stars were announced by the league’s coaches.

The Trojans had three players honored as senior forward Mollie Ferrito, junior midfielder Nina Armideo and junior goalkeeper Anna Gugerty was selected.

Joining them from the Purple Tigers were senior midfielder Logan Chase and freshman forward Tori Cruz.

Rounding out the first team selections were the division player of the year Jamesville-DeWitt senior forward Alex Catanzarite and her classmates defender Sophia Dimkopolous and midfielder Alex Epifani; senior midfielder Marissa Greiner, senior defender Claire Maring and junior midfielder Mallory Ott from East Syracuse-Minoa, along with Mexico junior midfielder Ashton Ariola. Freedom National Division Coach of the Year was Jamie Vollmer from ES-M.

Cortland and Home each had two Freedom National Division Second Team all-stars. Trojan junior midfielder Sophia Thomas and junior defender Jodi Maus were selected as were junior defender Shayla Marsh and freshman defender Jenicah Brown for the Purple Tigers.

Completing the second team were junior forward Ali Durkin, senior defender Elana Haarer, junior midfielder Lainey Foti and freshman goalkeeper Katie Cappeletti from J-D; junior forward Lauren Ott, sophomore midfielder Franchesca Chez-Polcaro and senior defender Olivia McEachron from ES-M, plus Mexico senior defender Erin Gilmore.

Honorable mentions included Cortland freshmen Lillian Quick (MF), Grace Call (MF) and Marissa Gilmore (GK); freshman Maddy Cole (MF), junior Tessa Yonta (Def) and senior Allie Osterhoudt (Def) from Homer; sophomore Ana Parks (Def), sophomore Hayley Quackenbush (Def) and freshman Grace Bridge (Def) from J-D; junior defender Anna Markert of ES-M; plus Mexico junior Brandi Maynes (F) and Melissa Murray (GK) from Mexico.

FREEDOM AMERICAN Division First Team all-stars feature Fulton junior forward/player of the year Jordan Coulon along with her teammates junior forward Hailey Carroll and senior midfielder Sydney Gilmore. Fulton’s George Beckwith was the Coach of the Year in the division.

Completing the Freedom American Division first team were junior goalkeeper Catherine Burns, senior midfielder Jessica Slack and junior forward Grace Hulslander from Christian Brothers Academy; senior defender Julia Rescott and senior midfielder Lexi Mitchell, Central Square junior midfielder Jordan Concolino, plus sophomore defender Vanessa Flint and junior forward Claudia Chetney from Oswego.

Freedom American Division Second Team all-stars are sophomore midfielder McKenna Chesbro, senior defender Sabrina Verdoliva and freshman midfielder Maddie Gilmore from Fulton; sophomore midfielder Katy Stanard and junior defender Claire Jeschke from CBA; senior defender Owyn Guinnip and junior midfielder Margarite Cuddy from Auburn; junior defender Alexis Grant, senior goalkeeper Quinn Staats and eighth-grade forward Cora Keohan, plus Oswego sophomore Lara Kanber.

Honorable mentions include freshman midfielder Allyson Isereau, freshman midfielder Kaylie Isereau and junior defender Emma Robinson from Central Square; junior defender Ellie Lisee, senior forward Maggie Archer and senior forward Frida Rastas of Oswego; junior midfielder Megan McKeen, freshman midfielder Olivia Morganti and freshman midfielder Tatumn Kohlbrenner from CBA, along with junior midfielder Sydney Fallat and senior defender Alaina Oughterson from Auburn, plus junior goalkeeper Maddie Lang of Fulton.

Homer coach Morgan Osborne and Cortland coach Ilona Ryan comment on their first team all-stars.

Osborne on Armideo: “Nina worked very hard this season and earned a spot on the first team. She was always willing to stay after practice if she wanted to work on something that didn’t go well for her in practice. She showed leadership and passion for the sport every practice and game.”

Armideo scored three goals to go with three assists for nine points for the Trojans.

Osborne on Ferrito: “Mollie wore her heart on her sleeve. It was easy to see how much she loved the sport and her team. She always pushed herself and others to be and do their best, and her team admired her for that.”

Ferrito netted five and and handed out four assists for 14 points this fall.

Osborne on Gugerty “ Anna was an amazing goalkeeper and it was always amazing to see her reach any corner of the goal to make a save. Her team looked to her for her voice and she was always able to direct them on the field.”

Gugerty made 157 saves and allowed 42 goals in over 1,400 minutes played this season. She had a goals-against average of 2.39 and recorded four shutouts.

Ryan on Logan Chase and Tori Cruz: “Logan and Tori were instrumental in our offense. Together they had 71 points out of our team’s total of 130 points. Logan was our rock in the midfield who we relied on to be at both ends of the field. Tori was our high target who could take players on and finish.”

Cruz was the Purple Tigers’ leading scorer with 17 goals and five assists for 39 points and Chase was second on the team in scoring with 10 goals and 12 assists for 32 points.