Westhill boys pound way to Class B semifinals

A pair of impressive victories sent the Westhill boys soccer team into the second week of the Section III Class B playoffs - and toward another shot at knocking off the state's top-ranked team in Skaneateles.

Starting out as the no. 5 seed, the Warriors wasted no time broadcasting its intentions, dominating last Tuesday's opening-round match against no. 12 seed Adirondack in an 8-0 romp.

Westhill came into the sectional tournament playing its best soccer of the season. That, plus the fact that Adirondack had to make a long bus trip from Boonville and would take some time getting loose, gave the Warriors an early chance to pounce - which it did.

Before the first half was done, Westhill had found the net seven times, a constant assault that featured, among other things, Kyle Hunt working his way to a three-goal hat trick. Barak BenYehuda and Tim Sheridan provided the passes, each finishing with two assists.

Hunter White found the net twice, while Anthony Scaravillo, Sean Sobotka and Pat Schoenborn earned one goal apiece. Conor Powell, Nate Chapman and Alex Conway had one assist apiece.

This led to Friday's Class B quarterfinal at no. 4 seed Mount Markham, a team who had home-field advantage - but whose schedule was not as taxing as the Warriors had faced in the OHSL Liberty division.

Once again, the Warriors came through - and while it lacked the lopsided margin of the first round, Westhill's 2-0 victory over the Mustangs was impressive enough.

All game long, Mount Markham found it nearly impossible to penetrate Westhill's airtight defense, the back line protecting Pat Scutari so well that he only had to make one save.

One goal in each half proved enough, as BenYehuda and Powell put shots past Mustang goalie Alex Wrobel and Schoenborn contributed an assist.

So now Westhill (13-3-1) could turn its focus toward the Class B semifinals against Skaneateles, who built its 17-0 mark partially by beating the Warriors twice in the regular season - a 4-3 match on Sept. 14, then a 5-1 decision on Oct. 5. The Lakers blanked Marcellus 3-0 in the quarterfinal round to get this far.

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