December 5, 2021

Groton boys, girls shut out Homer

It was a trip to the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex for the Homer Central and Groton varsity soccer teams Monday.

Despite some less than pleasant weather, the Groton boys pulled out a 1-0 win over the Trojans in the first game of the doubleheader.

In the nightcap, it was the Lauren Reeves Show as the Indians rolled to a 4-0 victory over Homer.

Groton boys 1, Homer 0:

James Lucey scored the only game that featured heavy rains and wind at times. A Groton player got tripped in the box and a penalty kick was awarded to Groton. Lucey took the PK and found the net with 19:37 left in the first half.

“Weather made it very difficult to play a well controlled game,” Homer coach Kevin Douglass said. “It seemed like the ball was skipping and we had a very hard time playing to feet. Our touch and ball control was simply not there tonight.

“Once again, we we hard a hard time finding good scoring opportunities as a result of misplayed balls in the offensive end of the field. We are really struggling to put balls in the back of the net, but I give the players credit for playing hard and not giving up until the final whistle.”

Groton had an 8-7 edge in shots while Homer (0-8 overall) took three corner kicks to none for the Indians. Zander
Johnson made seven saves for the Trojans. Tyler Zinzola had four saves for the shutout.

Homer is right back in OHSL Liberty Division action today. The Trojans will host Phoenix at 7 p.m. on George Butts Field.

Groton will return to IAC action Thursday as the Indians travel to Union Springs-Port Byron for a 4:30 p.m. game.

Groton girls 4, Homer 0:

“Lauren Reeves, after missing a couple of games, was back on the field and able to finish her possessions. She had 11 of the 15 Groton shots, all four goals, and was their total offense,” Homer coach Ben Bowers said. “This was one of the best games that we have played yet in terms of creating opportunities and playing as a team. Defense played very well with great goalkeeping, forwards made great looks and mid elders were able to create great opportunities and possessed the ball well. It was a very exciting experience to play at SUNY Cortland and play a good Groton team. Big thank you to (Groton athletic director) Mark Triolo for providing the experience for Homer players and fans to see a game on a collegiate field.”

It took a while, but Reeves scored twice in each half. Her first goal came with 5:48 left in the first half and followed up with 2:13 remaining until halftime. Reeves got her hat track with 21:28 left in the game before netting her fourth goal with 10:25 to go. Three of the four goals were assisted as Brooke Brecht, Matt Lucey and Annie Felko were credited with one assist each.

While Groton (6-2 overall) had 15 shots and four corner kicks, Homer (3- 4) got three shots and no corner kicks. Catherine Apker made 10 saves and allowed three goals while in the Homer goal. Mia Linn had one save and allowed one goal during her stint in the net. Elisa Allen made three saves for Groton.

Homer will be back in OHSL Liberty Division action Thursday. The Trojans will host Hannibal at 5 p.m. on Butts Field.

Groton will hit the road for a big IAC game Friday. The Indians travel to Lansing for a 4:30 p.m. game.