HOMER — Pandemic or not, 2020 will forever be a season to remember for the Homer Trojans girls’ soccer team.
The Trojans completed the best season in program history with a 6-1 victory Thursday afternoon over the Bishop Ludden Gaelic Knights at Homer High to finish with an 8-1 record. Five different players scored a goal for the Trojans, including Elena Barrett with two goals and Jane Gugerty with a goal and assist each. Catherine Apker stopped six out of seven Bishop Ludden shots. The game started out close, with Barrett firing the opening goal from 25 yards out, only for Bishop Ludden to respond with Claire Ruddy’s goal to finish off a fast break.
With 1:31 left in the first half, an incidental hand ball in the box gave the Trojans a penalty kick. Gracie Patriarco stepped up to the spot and buried it past eighth-grader goalie Elizabeth Gaughan (13 saves) to give the Trojans a 2-1 halftime lead that they would not relinquish.
Barrett fired another long-range strike for the first goal of the second half in the 45th minute, followed by tallies by Gugerty, Claudia Card and Edie Russo to finish the historic season.
While there is no sectional or state championship to play for, the Trojans would be a strong contender; they did finish as OSHL South Division champions.
It was the final game for seniors Card, Russo, Brianna Cash, Kade Conger, Julie McGory, Aleta Gross and Katie Britt.
“These ladies accomplished so much on the soccer field and will accomplish so much as positive influences for their community and the world,” Trojans head coach Ben Bowers said. “Homer looks forward to all the young talent returning and an exciting season next year, rising on the shoulders of those that came before them.”
It wasn’t just the players who made this season memorable. To ensure that games could be played safely, it took a school wide effort.
“Homer has been doing a spectacular job of following and enforcing guidelines to not only ensure that both home and opposing athletes are kept safe, and also the school district and the surrounding community,” Bowers said. “A huge thank you to athletic director Todd Lisi, head supervisor Lynne Renner and ATC Elyse Moran for ensuring that student athlete and spectator safety was always the top priority.”