Ar­mideo, Homer clip Oneida to start sea­son

Tro­jans ad­vance to ti­tle match of Chit­te­nango tour­na­ment

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By KyleMen­nig kmen­nig@onei­dadis­patch.com @Dis­patchKyle on Twit­ter

CHIT­TE­NANGO, N.Y. » The Oneida girls soc­cer team had its best sea­son in re­cent mem­ory last fall af­ter drop­ping its sea­son opener to Homer 2-0, fin­ish­ing with a 9-5- 4 over­all record and win­ning a firstround game in the Sec­tion III Class B play­offs.

This year’s squad, which fea­tures nine re­turn­ing starters, fared slightly bet­ter in its first match but still couldn’t top the Tro­jans.

Nina Ar­mideo’s goal in the 33rd minute proved to be the dif­fer­ence for Homer in a 1-0 vic­tory in the open­ing round of Chit­te­nango’s More than a Game Tour­na­ment.

The Tro­jans ad­vance to face the win­ner of Wed­nes­day night’s game be­tween the host­ing Bears and Solvay on Fri­day at 5 p.m. while Oneida will face the loser at 3 p.m.

The two teams were very evenly matched through­out the con­test. Oneida quickly earned a cor­ner kick in the fifth minute with the ball bounc­ing to Dana Rat­nara­jah, whose shot was saved by Homer keeper Anna Gugerty. Rat­nara­jah got an­other look in the 12th minute but Gugerty was again up to the chal­lenge, stop­ping the low shot.

The Tro­jans’ quickly coun­tered and Kae­lyn Tall­man got a qual­ity shot in tran­si­tion but Kyra Shlotzhauer dove to

her right to make the save and keep the match score­less.

Shlotzhauer added an­other save in the 26th minute on a Sophia Thomas try be­fore Ar­mideo sent a free kick over the cross­bar in the 27th.

The Homer se­nior would not, how­ever, miss on her next chance. Ar­mideo ripped a high shot past Shlotzhauer in the 33rd minute, giv­ing the Tro­jans a 1- 0 lead they would take into half­time.

Abi­gail Wag­ner looked like she would add to that ad­van­tage in the 49th minute, tak­ing a per­fect pass from team­mate Jor­dan Marsh at the far post and putting a shot on goal. Oneida’s Abi­gail Car­roll de­nied the try, step­ping in to block the ball from go­ing into the goal and keep­ing it a one- goal match.

Oneida con­tin­ued to push for an equal­izer through­out the sec­ond half, earn­ing three cor­ners over the fi­nal 40 min­utes. The third nearly pro­duced an equal­izer in the 66th minute when Rachel DeRuby kicked the ball in to the far post but there was no one home to fin­ish.

DeRuby had pre­vi­ously set up Oneida’s best chance to knot the match in the 63rd minute, skill­fully weav­ing through the de­fense be­fore de­liv­er­ing a pass to Kayla Suppa in front of the goal. Suppa put a solid head on the ball but it sailed wide of the near post.

KYLE MENNIG — ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

Oneida’s Rachel DeRuby (20) taps the ball away from Homer’s Maddy Cole (12) dur­ing their match in Chit­te­nango on Wed­nes­day.

KYLE MENNIG — ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

Oneida’s Kayla Suppa (16) drib­bles the ball away from Homer’s Leah Reiner (9).

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