A newfound confidence has spread throughout the ranks of the Westhill boys soccer team in the wake of an impressive end to the regular season.
On a wet, chilly Thursday night, the Warriors got its biggest win so far in 2010 when it dropped state Class C no. 1-ranked Manlius-Pebble from the unbeaten ranks in impressive style, shutting out the Trojans in a 3-0 decision.
MPH, who in recent years had played with Westhill in Class B and as part of the OHSL Liberty division, moved to Class C and the Patriot division this fall and had dominated there, staying perfect through 15 games.
Westhill, though, did not feel intimidated one bit by the Trojans. Instead, it attacked from the opening kickoff and twice put shots past MPH goalie Jordan Gentile in the first half.
The Warriors tacked on one more goal in the second half, and would not get caught. Anthony Scaravillo, Conor Powell and Nate Chapin each scored, with Kyle Hunt and Taylor Price earning the assists.
Price joined Marcus Rinaldi, Jack Powers and the rest of Westhill's back line in one of its best defensive efforts of the season, as goalies Pat Scutari and Ryan Boyle had to make just five saves between them.
Three days earlier, Marcellus visited Westhill - and the Warriors coming out on top 2-0 to complete a regular-season sweep.
Staying in second place behind state no. 1-ranked Skaneateles in the OHSL Liberty division, the Warriors would also get one goal in each half. Scaravillo and Alex Conway got those goals, with Pat Schoenborn earning an assist. Scutari stopped all six shots he faced for the shutout.
A day after topping Marcellus, Westhill went to Cazenovia and blanked the Lakers 4-0, getting three of those goals in the first half. Barak BenYehuda stepped up in a big way, scoring twice and adding an assist as Scaravillo and Pat Wickersham got the other goals.
Marcellus came home on that same night and ripped Solvay 7-0. Up 5-0 on the Bearcats by halftime, the Mustangs saw Cal Filtch earn two goals as Nate Waite, Keenan Vaughn, Tom McNaney, Allen Donahoe and Kyle Jankowski earned one goal apiece. Chris Manke, Geoff Golick and Sean Dunn contributed assists.
The Bearcats did recover to beat Faith Heritage 2-1 on Wednesday as Yuri Zdebsky scored one goal and assisted on the other, by Nick Mazzae-Hook, all in the second half.