Liverpool Much would be learned on Thursday night when the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer teams got together again under the lights at LHS Stadium.
And what was mostly gleamed was that the Northstars are still a factor in the Class AA race, as it scored early and let its defense do the rest of the work to knock off the Warriors 1-0.
For C-NS, it was a chance to pick off a big-name opponent after being unable to do so through the first month of the season and avenge a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool back on Sept. 11.
As for the Warriors, it was a test to see how it could handle adversity. Liverpool had zoomed to a 7-0-1 start and had risen to the no. 3 spot in the state Class AA rankings, appearing to be the favorite to win it all.
But all of that was thrown into question after last Tuesday night’s visit to Baldwinsville, as the five-time reigning AA champions again showed that it could win a big game, overcoming a rough start to beat the Warriors 3-1.
Now it was C-NS’s turn. Perhaps sensing that Liverpool was still trying to recover from what happened at B’ville, the Northstars put on some early pressure, and it paid off when Bryan Sibble, taking a pass from Liam McDonnell, pushed a shot past Warriors goalie Cody Peck.
Finishing with five saves, Peck did not allow anything more, which put the onus on C-NS’s defense, which had to protect a one-goal margin the rest of the night.
The Northstars did so, never letting Liverpool’s front line get much space. All that goalie Charlie Willard had to do was make three saves to get the shutout.
All of this followed the developments at B’ville two nights earlier. Liverpool had first played the Bees on Sept. 8, with the Bees giving up most of the good chances, yet still escaping with a 2-2 draw. Liverpool’s strong play since that point suggested the rematch would go in a different direction.