Once the bad weather got out of the way, soccer teams from Manlius-Pebble Hill and Bishop Grimes started seeing each other on a regular basis.
And no game meant more than Saturday’s girls showdown between the Trojans, no. 2 in the state Class C rankings, and Cobras, no. 8 in that same state poll.
What was supposed to be a showdown, though, turned instead into a showcase for Grimes forward Alex Guhin, whose stellar play sparked the Cobras to a 3-0 shutout of the Trojans. Two different times on set plays, Guhin fired the ball past MPH goalie Sammy Appleby into the net.
The Cobras led 1-0 at halftime and pulled away in the late going, helped also by a defense that shut down all of the Trojans’ chances. Grimes goalkeeper Jillian Firenze stopped all eight shots she faced. The two sides meet again Oct. 20 in the regular-season finale.
Before all this, the Cobras played twice, making it eight in a row last Tuesday, against Fabius-Pompey, where a late getaway led to a 5-0 victory over the Falcons.
Only the work of F-P goalie Melissa Dow, who finished with 11 saves, kept the game within 1-0 in the first half. After the break, the Cobras’ deep, balanced attack wore the Falcons down.
Alex Guhin, with one goal and one assist, led the way. Five different Grimes players – Guhin, Julia Freeman, YoonJi Lee, Ellen Callahan and Teresa Shattuck – put in those five goals, while Stephanie Lasnicki, Erin Kilpatrick and Jillian Firenze each had one assist.
MPH, meanwhile, tuned up with a 5-1 win over Pulaski last Tuesday afternoon, steadily getting away after building a 3-1 halftime edge.
Terry Netusil scored twice, with Alexa Melendez-Martineau, Jessica Gavigan and Allison Turner also earning goals. Lizzy Dean, Vicky Gregory and Katie Blanford each had one assist. MPH, overall, took 24 shots to the Blue Devils’ four.