Needing to reclaim its footing after back-to-back defeats to Baldwinsville and Cicero-North Syracuse, the Liverpool boys soccer team did so – but the Northstars were also strong, making a serious pursuit for CNY Counties League National division honors.
C-NS faced a real test in last Tuesday’s game against Nottingham, where a spectacular corner kick from Tom Bartyzel highlighted a late surge and a 3-1 victory over the Bulldogs.
Nottingham arrived at Gillette Field with an 8-3 record, and played the Northstars to a 0-0 first-half standstill, adding to the tension.
But C-NS broke through against the Bulldogs’ defense in the second half. The key to that surge was a corner kick where Bartyzel sent the ball on a perfect curve that fit inside the net without any help from a teammate.
Liam McDonnell and Tony Barraco earned the Northstars’ other goals, with Bryan Sibble contributing an assist. Pierrot Rutagarama had Nottingham’s lone goal, but Charlie Willard turned away everything else and finished with 10 saves.
C-NS was even better in Thursday night’s 5-0 shutout of West Genesee. Even though the Wildcats are having a down year, the Northstars were far from merciful, racing to a 2-0 halftime lead and doing even more after the break.
Bartyzel continued to dazzle, scoring twice and adding an assist, while Sibble managed one goal and two assists. Connor Young and Sam Mere had the other goals, with Barraco and Jon Runge each getting credit for an assist.
As for Liverpool, no big theatrics were required in its trip to Henninger on Tuesday – just an impressive all-around effort, especially in the second half, as it blanked the Black Knights 5-0.
Despite Henninger’s improvement, the Warriors battled its way in front 1-0 before the break, and then took over in the late going with a varied attack that saw eight different players earn points.