SYRACUSE Skaneateles out-possessed Westhill. The Lakers earned 13 corner attempts to the Warriors’ five.
And when the horn blew at the end of 80 minutes in Tuesday night's OHSL Liberty division showdown, the scoreboard read 4-0 — in Westhill’s favor.
“We were in their end the whole time, but soccer’s a fickle sport,” Skaneateles head coach Aaron Moss said. “It’s a round ball. It bounces all sorts of different ways and sometimes you don’t get the bounces you need.”
The Lakers didn’t get any of those bounces on this night at Westhill, as Conor Powell and Barak BenYehuda led the host Warriors to that 4-0 victory. Powell scored two goals, while BenYehuda finished with one score and an assist.
With the win, Westhill (9-0-0), no. 8 in the latest state Class B rankings, stayed undefeated and atop the OHSL Liberty standings, while the Lakers fell to 7-2-2, both losses coming to the Warriors. (The other was a 1-0 decision at Hyatt Stadium in early September.)
Powell, a senior, said this is the sixth year he’s lined up alongside BenYehuda. The duo hopes to lead the Warriors to an undefeated campaign, but Powell said their focus is solely one game at a time.
“I’ve never been on a team this good before,” Powell said. "A lot of potential, but it’s what we do tomorrow that really matters.”
BenYehuda opened the game with a close-range attempt that was punched away by Skaneateles goalkeeper Erik Pola, but the Warriors weren’t kept off the scoreboard for long.
Midway through the first half - the 21st minute, to be exact - Powell beat Lakers right back Jamie Roney and rolled a shot past the right foot of Pola to give Westhill a 1-0 lead.
After Pola made another save on a Matt Perry attempt, the Lakers got three quality chances for an equalizer.