Homer girls' lacrosse defeats Tully by wide margin

Mattie Riter celebrates with teammate Kloey Roos, after scoring a goal (Ross Cohen/Cortland Voice)

HOMER, N.Y. — The Homer Trojans defeated the Tully Black Knights, 15-4, Tuesday afternoon to improve to 2-3 on the season.

The Black Knights maintained control for the first five minutes of the game, but the Trojans got comfortable after a breakaway goal by freshman attacker Kloey Roos to put the Trojans on the scoreboard. Junior attacker Mattie Riter was credited with the assist.

Junior attacker Caroline Riley scored Homer’s second goal just 30 seconds later, and Riter was again credited with an assist.

Tully  junior Jade Dillenbeck quickly answered for the Black Knights to narrow Homer’s lead to one goal.

Riter scored from a free-position shot in the ninth minute of the game, increasing the Trojans’ lead to 3-1. Following Riter’s goal, Roos came in big after stealing a dropped pass from Tully’s goalie, increasing the Trojans’ lead to 4-1 and forcing Tully to take a timeout.

Homer dominated the remainder of the first half and led 10-1 at halftime.

“We always try to maintain as much control as we can in all of our games,” said Homer head coach Morgan Seibel. “It doesn't always go as expected depending on our opponents. It was a great day for us. It was a win that we needed after coming off our loss from LaFayette. We knew that we needed to take care of business today and that is exactly what the girls did.”

Mattie Riter, of Homer, taking a shot against Tully goalkeeper (Ross Cohen/Cortland Voice)

Tully took a more aggressive approach in the second half, but Homer controlled the tempo for the rest of the game, ultimately defeating the Black Knights by a 15-4 margin.

Roos led the Trojans after scoring a total of six goals. Ritter scored a total of five goals and led the team with four assists.

“Our girls just worked together,” said Homer head coach Martha Nye. “There were not a lot of plays called, they just had that lacrosse IQ where they can feed off of each other and work well together. It is a great group of girls and we are really proud of them after this game.”