A road trip to Oneonta over the weekend gave Liverpool girls soccer coach Kevin McGrane a good indication his team is headed in the right direction.
The Warriors, one of the favorites in the CNYCL National division and in Class AA this season, finished 1-1 at the 10th annual High School Hall of Fame Cup, held Saturday and Sunday at the Oneonta Soccer Hall of Fame Complex.
Coming off an intense 1-0 win at Cicero-North Syracuse in its Sept. 8 opener, the two-day event provided the Warriors with two non-league matches in a tournament setting.
"This was a great experience for the girls," McGrane said. "We got two quality games."
The Warriors gave Arlington a serious challenge, but dropped the Saturday match, 3-2. The Admirals from Section I were ranked 20th in the state at the end of last season.
Liverpool had trouble coping with Arlington's speed and quickness in the early going, spotting the Admirals a 2-0 lead. Arlington got their goals by converting a free kick and a penalty kick.
But right before halftime, Alison Flood cut the lead in half with her first goal of the season. The Warriors played better ball in the second half, too, and Kim Murphy evened the score with a rebound goal off a restart.
However, Arlington's Shannon Palmer ended Liverpool's comeback bid with a marker in the 74th minute. Palmer kicked a long shot that sailed over the head of goalie Noel Peck into the back of the net. Arlington outshot the Warriors in the match 14-9.
"We lost by one goal to a quality team in a game that we could have won," McGrane said.
The Warriors rebounded with a 7-0 win over St. Joseph Hill, an all-girls school in Staten Island on Sunday. Liverpool controlled the match from start to finish as five players put in goals.
Flood, one of 15 returning letterwinners for the Warriors, tallied two goals and had an assists. Kathleen Conese, who was unavailable for the Arlington game, gave Liverpool a boost with two goals. Kim Murphy, Ally Zywicki and Courtney Szczesniak added a goal each.
"Overall it was a great, positive experience for us," McGrane said.
The Warriors (2-1) travel to Oswego on Tuesday and host Fayetteville-Manlius on Friday.