Oct 02, 2011 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Everyone on the West Genesee boys soccer team knew that Thursday night’s visit to Cicero-North Syracuse provided a chance to move up the ladder of major Class AA contenders.
It turned out in a mixed manner, though. Following a bad start, the Wildcats did catch up to the Northstars, but could not quite pass them as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
All looked bad in the first half. CNS, fuming after a loss to Fayetteville-Manlius and with top midfielder Rob Spenard back in the lineup (he had missed the F-M game), jumped out to a 2-0 lead, Darren Cooper and Logan Roberts coming up with the goals.
Once WG’s defense shut down Cooper and Roberts in the second half, though, it started to claw back. Stefanos Stamoulacatos and Jake Sutherland put home unassisted goals, tying it, and it would remain that way through 20 tense minutes of overtime. Dylan Condon finished with seven saves.
When 6-1 Utica Proctor visited Camillus last Tuesday night, the Wildcats engaged in a tense battle, but were saved by Stamoulacatos and Sutherland in a 2-1 victory over the Raiders.
Neither side scored in the first half, but Proctor got on the board with Dan DeLoach’s goal in the second half.
However, WG countered by twice seeing Stamoulacatos beating Raiders goalie Refik Begic, in each instance getting a timely pass from Sutherland. Condon, with his five saves, kept Proctor from pulling even again.
On the girls side, WG would win twice during the week. In last Tuesday’s game at Utica Proctor, the Wildcats did enough to push past the Raiders 2-0. Erica Geremia had both of the Wildcats’ goals, one in each half, as Melissa Fumano assisted on one of the scoring plays.
Playing on Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse, WG endured some of the season’s worst playing conditions and beat the Northstars 1-0. Cold temperatures, rain and wind complicated matters for both sides, and neither scored in the first half.
As the game wore on, the Wildcats stayed on the defensive, but back-line players like Shelby Milne, Jenna Farrell, Emily Tripodi and Cailyn Negus bottled up CNS attackers, and senior Sophia Dimkos was strong in the net, making 11 saves.
It was Milne who would beat Northstars keeper Miranda Tanner for the game’s only goal, and WG held on to improve to 9-2, with only a home game against Rome Free Academy scheduled this week.
However, the WG boys would host F-M, the state’s no. 2-ranked AA team, on Monday, so it would get the best possible measure of where it stood at a key juncture of the season.