Girls soccer Warriors repeat as Class AA champs

Liverpool claims tough 1-0 final over F-M

— The second half didn’t feature much offense. The Warriors defense saw to that, easily snuffing out each F-M foray over midfield to maintain that one-goal margin.

“Defensively I thought we played really well,” McGrane said. “At halftime I said (to the players) ‘look we don’t need to score any more to win as long we don’t allow one.’ I thought we did enough defensively all throughout the field.”

“In the second half Liverpool did just a lot of long clearing balls so we never had a chance to really progress and get the ball to feet,” McMahon said. “Liverpool did a nice job of keeping it out of harm’s way.”

McMahon’s fourth ranked squad finished 11-4-3. They also came home Section III runner-up for the third time in four years.

“We’re doing the right things (and) we’re consistent,” he said. “I think one of the things we could work on is physical strength. We’re getting pushed off the ball a lot. We’ve got the ball skills. We’ve got the game strategy. We’ve just got to be a little stronger.”

McGrane enjoyed this title as much as last year’s.

“They’re both sweet, no matter what,” he said. “I think this year’s team has gone through a lot more. Losing Julia Heberger, our starting center midfield last year, to (a knee injury) in our second game of the year. The girls really stepped it up around that. They really played outstanding.”

A win on Saturday would send Liverpool to the state Class AA final four, which takes place Nov. 16-17 in the Cortland/Homer area.

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