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CNS boys soccer beats Liverpool, 3-1

Cooper scores twice in clash of rivals at LeMoyne

— At the end of another eventful week, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer teams renewed their rivalry Saturday afternoon at LeMoyne College.

And while it took a while for both teams to hit full speed, they did so, resulting in an entertaining second half as the Northstars beat the Warriors 3-1.

The game got moved to LeMoyne so it could be paired as the tail end of a doubleheader with LeMoyne’s soccer game against Saint Anselm, which the Dolphins won 3-2. LeMoyne’s roster includes two former CNS stars, Zach MacNabb and Marcus DeBottis.

Much of the first half saw fleeting chances on both ends. CNS did get in front, though, as in the 19th minute Darren Cooper took a deft pass from Rocco Lattanzio on the right side and poked it past Karl Miller.

It stayed 1-0 deep into the second half, the pace picking up as Liverpool started to mount consistent attacks. But in the 55th minute, the Northstars’ margin doubled when Logan Roberts charged in and converted off Rob Spenard’s feed.

Now needing something, the Warriors cut it to 2-1 in the 64th minute on Leo Rubio’s header, fed from the left side by Nick Kline. But with 7:49 left CNS iced it as, seconds after Miller robbed Cooper on a close-up attempt, Cooper returned and, off Spenard’s pass, beat Miller for his second goal of the day.

Liverpool entered that contest coming off Thursday’s rematch with Baldwinsville, which fell nine days after the Bees prevailed 2-1 in overtime in their first encounter Sept. 7 at B’ville.

Now they were at LHS Stadium, and it was just as close and tense – and it also ended in the same way, the Warriors losing a narrow decision, this one 1-0.

This one didn’t go beyond regulation. Liverpool had a series of chances in the first half, but could not get the go-ahead score that, psychologically, may have proven crucial.

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