When Jordan-Elbridge and Solvay's boys soccer teams met on Saturday in the finals of the Bearcats' annual kickoff tournament, someone was going to leave with a 2-0 mark.
That turned out to be the Eagles, who used some late magic from Anthony Disanto to make the difference in a 2-1 victory over the Bearcats.
At the same time, Bishop Ludden hosted its own season-opening tournament and went 1-1, beating Henninger 5-1, but dropping the final to Corcoran 2-1.
As the Solvay Tournament opened at Earl Hadley Stadium, J-E toyed with Phoenix, putting together one of its biggest offensive outputs in recent memory to beat the Firebirds 7-2.
Productive all afternoon, the Eagles saw Tom DeLapp earn a three-goal hat trick, often fed by Mike Alley, who earned three assists to go with his lone tally.
Mike Nguyen scored twice, while Mike Wright joined Alley in the one-goal column. Kalys Zhumakadyr and Dillon Kirk earned single assists.
Then it was the host Bearcats' turn, facing Cato-Meridian. Controlling the flow of play, Solvay handled the Blue Devils in a 3-0 shutout.
All Cato could manage was three shots, which Kosta Sukhorukov scooped up. Meanwhile, the Bearcats saw Sean Mulholland earn one goal and one assist, with John Salvagno and Ahmed Abdi also converting. Ken Nguyen and Matt DeLuca had one assist apiece.
In the consolation game on Saturday, Phoenix beat Cato 4-1, and then it was time for Solvay and J-E to confront each other with the championship on the line.
The Bearcats struck first, Salvagno taking a pass from David Voytowich and firing the ball past Eagles goalie Jed Daniels.
It remained 1-0 until the second half, when J-E tied it on Andrew Forward's goal. With less than 20 minutes left in regulation, Anthony DiSanto pushed a shot past Ryan Gardynski for what proved to be the game-winner. Wright and Alley both had assists.