The first official game on the new George Butts Field turf at Homer High School took place Tuesday as the field hockey team played host to Owego under hot, sunny skies.
The Trojans, in their first game under new coach Kris Wakula, lost a 2-1 nonleague decision four minutes into overtime when Grace Doty found the cage off a pass from Jordan Greeno in front of Trojan goalkeeper Tasia Fox. The junior made the initial save, but could stop the second-chance opportunity in a game in which she made 25 saves in the season-opener for both teams.
Homer played a lot of defense through the contest, but did mount one good offensive push and scored on its only shot on the Owego goal. Izzy Case got free, took the ball toward the goal and delivered a shot that eluded Indians goalkeeper Sarah Haskell.
“The chances just weren’t there,” Wakula said. “We tried really hard. The heat kinda beat us. We subbed in our freshmen and they did a great job. Owego was just one step ahead of us.
“Tasie did a phenomenal job. We need to work on penalty corners. We need to not make mistakes on penalty corners. We need to move our feet better and get a stick on the ball. We do have some work to do in practice.”
Owego tied the game with 12:52 in the second half. Megan Holloway took a pass from Doty and pushed it by Fox. In the 10-minute sudden-death period, Owego took advantage of the open field as the teams played seven-on-seven.
Both Indian goals were off penalty corner sets, of which Owego had 27 to go with 27 shots. Homer had just two penalty corners and the one shot.
“We were a little slow on the field,” Wakula said. “We did a good job holding them to two goals and we were able to score one ourselves. I am proud of that.”
Homer will visit Moravia Thursday in a non-league game starting at 4:30 p.m.