continued Eli Goodell was just behind a cross into the box. Tyler Strods’ rip from just outside the 18-yard box was blocked by Warriors midfielder Tommy Kinsella. Then Michael Jorgensen’s shot in the 38th minute skidded inches outside the right post.
Moments later, BenYehuda scored from the right side of the box off a Matt Torak feed to give Westhill a 2-0 halftime lead.
The Lakers earned consecutive corners to start the second half, but again were unable to find the back of the net.
After the Warriors cleared a third corner of the half, BenYehuda delivered a cross-field pass to Powell up the right sideline. Taking one quick touch, Powell fired a rocket into the right side of the cage.
“When we didn’t get a goal in the first half and the beginning of the second half, it made it difficult for us to come back,” Moss said.
Still, Westhill head coach Tom Etoll said that, even leading by three goals, the Lakers had the firepower to come back. The three-goal lead soon became four though, as Owen Hennigan all but sealed the victory in the 49th minute.
After the game, Moss huddled his team on the sideline. Adorned in camouflage-colored warmups, the Lakers listened intently as their coach told them that the better team had lost.
After Moss said that the Lakers would make up for it with a win in sectional play, Skaneateles broke their huddle with a ‘Lakers’ chant and headed for the bus.
Westhill, by contrast, was quite happy with the outcome, but as Powell pointed out, the journey is far from over.
“You never want to lose a game, but what happens in two weeks isn’t what matters," Powell said. "What happens next is all that matters for us."