HOMER — All of the Homer Trojans’ games this season have been decided by double digits, including Thursday’s win, a 20-1 thumping of the Tully Black Knights at Homer High.
The Trojans spread the love offensively, with Kloey Roos leading the team with six goals, all in the first half. Camryn Calabro had four goals, Annika Roos and Katlyn Sovocool each had two and Kayla Miller, Fiona Hartnett, Hannah Slade, Leanna Peck, Lauren Walling and Sydney O’Donnell each had one. On top of that, every player on the Trojans roster saw quality minutes.
Trojans co-coach Martha Nye was happy with the team effort, but made sure the team never took the game for granted.
“We go into every game not knowing if we’re going to win or lose,” Nye said. “We just want to play our best. Our girls did a good job. We had a wide variety of our players scoring and contributing, and we have always been a team where our whole team scores, not just one or two. That’s something we take pride in. We got all the girls in. All the girls were a huge part of the game today and they did a great job.”
With the game played almost exclusively in the Black Knights’ end of the field, it should come as no surprise that the Trojans won 20 draws to Tully’s one and won 17 ground balls to seven for the visitors.
The Black Knights avoided being shut out with 25 seconds left in the game when freshman
Rachel Daddona capitalized on a fast break opportunity and beat Homer goalie Sarah Sovocool (three saves) past her right shoulder.
With this win, a 21-3 victory over Jordan-Elbridge and a 15-4 win over Cazenovia, it’s almost hard to believe that any team could turn the tables on the Trojans and beat them by double digits. But the Skaneateles Lakers did just that to them Monday, getting out to a 12-2 halftime lead before winning 15-5.
“Skaneateles was a real tough game for us, because they’re an amazing team,” Nye said. “We really ran with them. There was a short period where they gained a big gap, and unfortunately, we let them have that gap and we didn’t make up for it. We did our best, and in the second half we went in saying ‘This is a 0-0 game,’ and it was a 3-3 game if we looked at the second half… we’ve learned a lot from that game.”
The Trojans improved to 3-1 and are back in action Saturday at noon when they host Whitesboro.
“We’re going to do our best to find any film that we can on them, and we’re going to study the type of defense they play, the type of attack they play and just try to set our girls up for success tomorrow during practice,” Trojans co-coach Morgan Seibel said.
Tully 15, Homer 13
The Homer boys weren’t as lucky against Tully, as they battled back from a sizeable deficit but fell just short of claiming the win on the road.
Jake Calabro had five goals, Hunter Riehlman had a hat trick and Ben Morenus and Jared Matthews each had two goals for the Trojans. Collin Perks made nine saves and Tucker Gabriel won 16 faceoffs.
Tully was led by Thomas Berry (six goals, two assists), Lane Edinger (five goals, two assists) and Will Hardy (three goals, two assists).
Cortland 15, East Syracuse-Minoa 10
The Purple Tigers played yet another wild, high-scoring affair, getting out to a 5-2 lead before ES-M pulled ahead with a five-run top of the fifth.
Cortland got the lead right back with an eight-run bottom half of the fifth and held on for the win from there.
Max Gambitta went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI. Kooper Knabe got the win on the mound in relief with four innings of four-hit ball with four strikeouts and went 2-for-4 with three runs at the plate. Andrew Partigianoni chipped in three RBI from the no. 9 spot.
The Purple Tigers travel to ES-M for a rematch at 5 p.m. today.
Marathon 238, Moravia 245
The Olympians escaped with a win thanks to a 56 from Kate Anderson and a 59 from Caitlin Martin.
Homer 3, Manlius-Pebble Hill 2
Jake Camp and Spencer Rusyniak won their singles matches, and Elijah Smith and Brandon McLaughlin won their doubles match in three sets to give the Trojans the win.