December 2, 2021

Historic Homer FH season ends in loss

EAST SYRACUSE — Even in a loss, the Homer field hockey team still felt like they won.

After qualifying for sectionals for the first time in 30 years, the No. 6 Trojans came up just short in a 2-1 loss to the No. 3 East Syracuse-Minoa Spartans in the NYSPHSAA Section III Class B quarterfinals Wednesday at Spartan Stadium.

All the scoring was done in the second quarter. The Trojans took the lead at the 4:52 mark of the second quarter when Sara Cargen tipped in a rebound on the right post during the second of just two corners the Trojans earned during the match.

The Spartans pulled even at 9:13 when Jenna Orlando forced not one, not two, but three shots up against Trojans goalie Emily Daniels before eventually putting the ball past Daniels and into the net.

Reiley Murphy scored the game-winner with 2:26 left in the first half when she tipped in a hard rebound off Daniels after an initial shot from 25 yards away from goal.

Daniels did her part to keep the Trojans alive with seven saves in the second half, but the field was tilted towards the Trojans end for much of the rest of the game after Cargen’s goal. The Trojans only got four shots on Spartans goalie Maura Leib in the second half and did not draw a single penalty corner the last 40:08 of the match.

It was a disappointing turn of events after the Trojans had beaten the Spartans 3-1 on Sept. 14.

“They really put pressure on us the entire time,” Trojans coach Brooke Head said. “They didn’t let up one bit.”

After such a long time without qualifying for the postseason, there were two possible mindsets with which the Trojans could have come into this game: they could just be happy to be here, play the way that got them here and see how it played out; or they could feel they were playing with house money and go for broke.

Head said her team was in a combination of those two mindsets.

“We wanted to make sectionals,” she said. “We had a fighting chance. The fact that we made sectionals was a huge accomplishment for us, and I could not be more proud of the girls for getting where they’re at. Today, to us, it didn’t feel like we lost.”

Although Head and her players were emotional after the game, they were still proud of what they accomplished. After all, if you’re going to break a 30-year postseason drought, having 12 seniors will go a long way into accomplishing that.

“I started with these girls in ninth grade and watched them grow, and I’m incredibly proud of them,” Head said.

The Trojans finished their season at 6-8-1. The Spartans (5-11) will face No. 2 New Hartford in the semifinals Sunday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.


Town of Webb 2, McGraw 0
George Uzdavinis and Brendan Lis each scored a goal as the No. 9 Eskimos put an end to the No. 8 Eagles’ season in a Section III Class D first round game.

“We just didn’t have it tonight,” Eagles coach Jamey

Crumb said. “We played a style that was uncharacteristic for us, and it was just kind of an off night all around, which we obviously can’t afford to do in sectionals. We had some good chances from our corner kicks as well and just missed. That’s the way it goes sometimes, Webb played well and had some good speed. I feel for our seniors and really wanted to advance to the next round for them.”

Webb will visit No. 1 Cincinnatus at 3 p.m. Friday.