Despite significant graduation turnover, Westhill girls soccer still believes.
That singular word, Believe, is written on the front neon yellow t-shirts Westhill varsity players wear this season. But with eight new starters, Westhill coach Lisa Dwyer knows it will be a challenge to repeat last year's success. The Warriors shared the Section III Class B title with Marcellus and went to the state tournament.
"I don?t even have people in set positions yet," said Dwyer, who graduated 13 seniors.
The Warriors got a good idea of how much work needs to be done as they finished 0-1-1 at the 10th annual High School Hall of Fame Cup on Sept. 12-13 at the Oneonta Soccer Hall of Fame on Sunday.
In its opening game on Saturday, Westhill battled to a 1-1 tie with Chenango Forks of Section IV.
Kelly Ristoff forged the tie with an unassisted goal at the 31-minute mark. Goalie Meredith Rice made five saves for the Warriors, who were making their seventh appearance at the tournament.
Ristoff, a talented forward who scored a team-high 18 goals last season, is a key part of Westhill's rebuilding plans.
The Warriors finished the tourney with a 3-1 loss to Bronxville from Section I on Sunday. The Broncos held the Warriors to one shot on goal in the first half and just five for the match. Bonnie Buonocore gave Westhill its only goal in the second half off an assist from Ristoff.
Westhill (2-1-1) was one of four Section III teams taking part in the event which had three four-team brackets. Liverpool, Cooperstown and Cincinnatus also competed.