November 27, 2021

Homer girls soccer team shuts out Groton

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HOMER — Four different players scored for the Homer Trojans girls soccer team in their 4-0 victory over the Groton Indians Wednesday night at Groton High.

Mikayla Smith opened the scoring in the fourth minute as she completed a 3-on-1 after receiving an assist from Jane Gugerty on the right sideline. Gugerty was wide open on the right side throughout the first half, allowing her to put three of the four Trojans scoring plays in motion.

In the 27th minute, Smith put a pass behind Camdyn Cole in the box, but Cole regained possession with her back foot and pushed the ball to the right side of the net to make it 2-0 Trojans.

In the 38th minute, Elena Barrett took a feed from Sarah Sovocool and rocketed the ball off the underside of the crossbar and into the net to give the Trojans a 3-0 lead going into halftime.

The Trojans fired eight shots in the first half and took 14 more in the second half, but only one found the back of the net on a 50th-minute unassisted goal by Gracie Patriarco.

“Gaining possession and keeping possession is something that we talked about at halftime, Trojans head coach Ben Bowers said. “That will lead to scoring opportunities.”

Catherine Apker made three saves, all in the first half, for the clean sheet.

The win evened Homer’s record at 3-3, a place that Bowers is comfortable being considering his team is playing the toughest schedule in program history this season. He’s also happy with how his team’s efforts to improve came together in this game.

“You’ve got to put together what we’re starting to put together,” Bowers said. “I’m pretty happy with where we’re sitting. It’s still early in the season. We’ve got 10 games left, and the girls are really figuring out what we’re asking them to do.”

Next on the docket for the Trojans is a game at 6:30 p.m. Friday at West Genesee, another difficult challenge in the first half of the season. The number of offensive options Bowers has at his disposal will be an important asset as the challenges intensify.

“Soccer’s not necessarily an individual sport,” Bowers said. “You’re going to have girls who can score multiple goals, but in order to find success overall, it needs to be team success. It’s not going to be one girl taking it to the net every single time.”

TODAY’S GAMES

BOYS SOCCER
Dryden at Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.
Lansing at Groton, 4:30 p.m.
Homer at Phoenix, 7 p.m.
Port Byron at Marathon, 5 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER
Syracuse City at Cortland, 7 p.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Dryden at Moravia, 6:30 p.m.
Trumansburg at Groton, 6:30 p.m.
Homer at Marcellus, 6:30 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY
Port Byron at Homer, 5:30 p.m.

BOYS GOLF
Cortland at Syracuse City, 3:30 p.m.
Jordan-Elbridge at Homer, 3:30 p.m.

GIRLS TENNIS
Chittenango at Homer, 5:15 p.m.