HOMER — A goal 6:40 into the first quarter was enough for the Auburn Maroons to take the wind out of the Homer Trojans’ sails and net a 1-0 victory in field hockey action Thursday at Homer High.
Elizabeth O’Hara scored the lone goal of the match unassisted when she caught Trojans goalie Emily Daniels (nine saves) out of position on the right post defending another Maroons attacker and tapped the ball into the wide-open net.
Playing games on back-to-back nights is difficult in any sport, but the Trojans had to work overtime — literally — to come away with their first win over Weedsport in 25 years Wednesday night, 2-1, as Morgan Brown scored the game-winner with 32 seconds left in overtime.
“The girls should be incredibly proud of themselves for giving it 110% the entire game,” Trojans coach Brooke Head said of the Weedsport win. “They never gave up and gave it their all the entire time.”
Perhaps the momentum and adrenaline from the historic win could have offset the fatigue, but Auburn kept the pressure on throughout the game. At no time was that more evident than in the third quarter, when the Maroons drew seven penalty corners and forced Daniels to make four saves, including a couple of high-stress ones.
On one, she dove on her stomach to smother a bouncing ball inches away from going into the net, and on another, she booted a shot from the edge of the arc up the right sideline.
“The girls played really hard,” Head said. “They got some shots on goal, had a few corners, we just couldn’t get it in. But we kept it out just as much as Auburn did.”
The Trojans’ best offensive opportunities came in the second quarter on a 4-on-3 that was denied by Maroons goalie Zarya White (four saves) and a 1-on-1 with White where the outlet pass to the left post went wide left and over the end line.
“They were tired from the game from yesterday,” Head said. “Back-to-back games definitely made them tired. Frustration came from not being able to get back fast enough.”
The Trojans (2-1) are off until Saturday when they play at 1:30 p.m. at Cazenovia.
Dryden 12, Whitney Point 1
Nolan Weik had four goals and an assist, and Corey Matesanz and Paul Busby each had a hat trick in the Lions’ drubbing of Whitney Point.
“We rebounded well from our recent loss,” Lions coach Laszlo Engel said. “We showed up to play strong and confident and we did. We moved the ball very well and played a complete team game. I liked how we communicated and played as a team. Everyone moved the ball so much better than our last game and they all committed to keep the intensity high. We did very well. We certainly need to continue to make the same improvements, and we will continue to work on them.”
Ben Lee and Joey Bachner had the other Dryden goals. Dryden is back in action at 5 p.m. today when they host Cincinnatus.
Homer 3, APW 1
Catherine Apker stopped 10 of 11 shots and Jane Gugerty, Sarah Sovocool and Camdyn Cole each scored one goal as the Trojans picked up the win.
Lansing 5, Marathon 2
The Bobcats handed the Olympians (2-1) their first loss of the season with a four-goal first half.
Ava Wilder led the Bobcats with two goals and an assist, while Lulani Haslinger also chipped in two goals and Isabelle Gustafson netted one.
Marissa Allen and Delta Barber had the tallies for Marathon, who were outshot 9-5 and were unable to tally a corner kick.
Kendre Euson made three saves for the Olympians, who host Tioga at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Dryden 10, Moravia 1
The Lions (2-1) extended a 4-1 halftime lead with six goals in the second half to come away with a blowout win.
Ally Deeley had four goals and an assist, Nicole Morrow had two goals and Laci Prignon, Hollace Finver, Lauren Guilini and Emma Lobdell each scored one.
Homer 3, Cortland 0
The Trojans swept their neighbor rivals by scores of 25-13, 25-17 and 25-19 Wednesday night.
After Homer won the first set comfortably, both teams found themselves committing a large number of service and other unforced errors. Cortland coach Cheri Olson said that even though her team relaxed more as the match progressed, their youth was definitely a factor.
“The first set, you could tell how nervous we were,” Olson said. “I expected that. These girls have never gotten to play Homer in volleyball. That, coupled with it being our first match, made the nerves overwhelming. In the second and third set we definitely relaxed and it got better and better. Unforced errors definitely didn’t help us. Overall we had 13 missed serves and 21 hitting errors. That’s just unacceptable.”
“We are definitely prone to some unforced errors at times,” Homer coach Jeremy Cook said. “We’ll be more successful if we keep it clean and keep errors down.”
This was the first match for Cortland (0-1) playing in the fall season. Their next match is at Fulton Tuesday at 6:30p.m. Homer (3-0) plays its next match is at 6 p.m. today at ITC in Syracuse.
Dryden 3, Groton 0
After a close 25-18 opening set win, Dryden put their feet on the gas by winning the next two sets 25-4 and 25-7.
Ava Henry had seven aces and two kills, Kahlen Cornell had six aces and two kills, Katie Spano had seven kills and Becca Stafford had seven assists for the Lions.
CBA 7, Homer 0
The Trojans fell to 2-2 as CBA won every match in straight sets, including two 6-0, 6-0 wins.