continued That strong Liverpool defense protected the 1-0 lead, easily turning back B'ville's rare chances, including a pair of corner kicks. Maintaining the pressure, Akinpelu forced a turnover and made another solo run, easily beating Hingre for the insurance goal with 8:51 left.
"Ore is a monster," said McGrane. "She can single-handedly take over games."
With this win, Liverpool gained control of its own fate for both the CNY Counties League National division race and, possibly, for the Class AA sectional tournament later this month.
This was a week full of shots at payback for the Warriors, who took care of the first part last Tuesday night by taking out Fayetteville-Manlius 3-1.
The Hornets had beaten Liverpool 2-1 back on Sept. 11. A month later, the Warriors showed F-M just how much it had improved since then, never trailing in the rematch.
Up 1-0 at halftime, the Warriors used two more goals in the second half to cancel out the Hornets’ tally from Sarah Olick-Sutphen.
More importantly, it was a balanced effort. Ore Akinpelu picked up a goal and assist, while Emma Geyer and Alyssa Bittel also scored. Alexis Kline and Breanna Sharpe each earned one assist as, in goal, Rebecca Phillips-Allen recorded six saves.