October 23, 2021

Sovocools lead Homer victory

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HOMER — Katlyn Sovocool had six goals and two assists and Sarah Sovocool stopped five of nine shots on net as the Homer Trojans closed out their regular season with a 14-4 win over the Marcellus Mustangs Thursday night at Homer High.

Kloey Roos added four goals and an assist, Leeanna Peck had two goals and an assist and Camryn Calabro and Hannah Slade each had a goal to round out the Trojans scoring.

“We take every game very seriously,” Trojans coach Martha Nye said. “We knew we needed to come in and compete today in the hopes that it would push our seeding higher, and the girls did exactly that. They did a great job working as a team.”

“We have a team full of scorers,” Katlyn said. “Being one of them is good, but having a team full of them is better.”

The Trojans led 6-0 at halftime, but they could have easily ran the clock on the Mustangs in the first half were it not for the play of goalie Sophia Powless, who made eight of her 11 saves in the first half.

Sarah recognized she had to match Powless’s play in order to allow her offense to keep and extend their lead.

“I just put my body in front of the ball and was prepared for all the shots that were coming at me,” Sarah said.

The Trojans finished the regular season with an 11-2 record and now await their seeding for the NYSPHSAA Section III Class C tournament, which will be announced this weekend before quarterfinal games take place Tuesday. Nye says the key to winning Sectionals will be making sure her team has peaked at the right time.

“We just had a conversation yesterday that we want the peak of our playing to end next Saturday,” Nye said. “We want to make sure we are on an upward trend all the way through the end of our season. Our hope is that we come to practices ready with the mindset that we are on borrowed time and we have to cherish each moment we get together.”

In terms of specific areas of play the Trojans want to focus on, Nye said, “We need to continue to control the draw, we need to take care of the ball on attack and communicate as a defense, and if we do all of those things together it allows us to play as a team, and that’s our focus going into Sectionals. This is a team effort, and we need everybody to accomplish what we have in mind.”

“We’ve been playing every game like it’s our last, since it very well could be,” Katlyn said.

BASEBALL

Auburn 2, Cortland 1
The Purple Tigers suffered their second defeat in as many days at the hands of the Maroons.

Will Coleman allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out three and drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly.

The Purple Tigers got the tying run into scoring position with one out in the top of the seventh, but Cooper Polcovich struck out Max Gambitta on three pitches to lock up the win.

Caden Albright drove in Caden Congdon as part of a 2-for-3 day at the plate for the only Purple Tigers run.

Cortland fell to 15-2 and will wrap up the regular season Saturday at 2:30p.m. when they host Fulton.

Marathon 8, Watkins Glen 3
The Olympians scored five runs in the second and three in the fourth to outlast the Senecas.

Ian Gacek pitched a complete-game five hitter and struck out five Watkins Glen batters. Braydin Drake went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Zach Birdsall and Jeff Daugherty each drove in two runs to pace the Olympian offense.

“The boys played really well tonight,” Olympians coach Bryan Hoyt said. “We hit the ball as well as we have all year long. Everyone stepped up. This was a total team victory. We were patient at the plate, drew some walks and we delivered with runners in scoring position. I am very proud of the guys and how they played tonight.”