Skaneateles The Cazenovia boys’ soccer team hadn’t won a divisional title in three decades. Skaneateles wanted to keep it that way.
Playing at Arthur Hyatt Stadium Thursday night, the two 4-0-1 Lakers teams played with first place in the OHSL Liberty National division at stake —and trailing 2-0 at halftime, the visitors' chances of ending that drought appeared bleak.
“There’s a difference between wanting to win and needing to win,” Cazenovia head coach Adam Reynolds said to his team at halftime. "You guys talk the talk, but we’ve got to start walking the walk. You’ve got to lead with your touches and you’ve got to show them what the score is.”
Second-half goals in a span of four minutes from junior Will Fellows and sophomore Tyler Modzeleski forced overtime — a familiar scenario as Cazenovia and Skaneateles played to a 1-1 tie earlier this season.
But this time, Modzeleski made sure there would be no draw. Taking a pass from senior Conor Race atop the left side of the 18-yard box late in the first OT period, Modzeleski fired a shot across the front of Skaneateles goalkeeper Erik Pola and into the right side of the net.
“It’s the biggest win Cazenovia soccer’s ever had,” Modzeleski said. “It’s the first title we’ve had in the Onondaga (High School League). I’m very proud to be a part of this team.”
Race and Reynolds agreed as the Cazenovia Lakers rallied back from two goals down to topple Skaneateles on Thursday night, sealing the OHSL National Division title in dramatic fashion.
Race assisted on both of Modzeleski’s goals, and sophomore Evan Cornell had the helper on Fellows’ score, but goalkeeper Chris Matteson was arguably the key to the comeback. He finished with nine saves, few of them easy ones, and showcased excellent instincts coming off his line.