Liverpool sophomore Ore Akinpelu (7) celebrates with teammate Alexis Kline (9) after the pair combined to produce the first goal in the Warriors’ 3-0 victory over West Genesee in Thursday night's Class AA quarterfinal. Liverpool will face Cicero-North Syracuse in the semifinals after the Northstars eliminated Rome Free Academy 4-0.
Similar to Liverpool and West Genesee, these two teams had met in the last week of the regular season, C-NS romping to a 6-0 victory on Oct. 19. Six days later, very little changed, except for the margin.
Throughout the first half, the Northstars built up pressure, but only managed a single goal, allowing RFA the illusion that, with a mistake or two from the defensive side, it could pull off a surprise.
That hope vanished, though, when C-NS picked up a trio of late goals. With the Black Knights so focused on stopping the duo of Stephanie Liberati and Hanna Haven, Ariah Rosas came off the bench and struck for a pair of timely goals.
Liberati still managed a goal and assist, with Haven also finding the net. Reid Garner picked up an assist, too, as C-NS totally dominated the flow of play, taking 22 shots to RFA’s three.
And this leads to the Northstars battling the Warriors to see who would face Baldwinsville or Fayetteville-Manlius in the Class AA final.