Neighbors are joining up in soccer as both of Chittenango’s sides have moved into the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty division, where Cazenovia is a long-time resident.
It happens just as the Lakers are attempting to enter a period of larger prosperity, with a real desire to challenge for top OHSL Liberty division and Section III Class B honors.
Cazenovia did not take the field until last Tuesday, when it went to Jordan-Elbridge and, propelled by a big first-half effort, defeated the Eagles 5-2.
After a 10-7-1 mark in 2011 and a Class B quarterfinal defeat to South Jefferson, the Lakers, coached by Adam Reynolds, want to make a further step up the league and sectional ranks.
The J-E game offered a good hint at the Lakers’ potential, as Cazenovia zoomed out to a 3-0 halftime lead and matched all of J-E’s production in the second half to keep that margin.
Conner Polsin, with two goals, led a well-balanced attack where Trevor Cross, Ross Gerber and Henry Mann also found the net. Conor Race added an assist.
Now the Lakers had to visit Solvay on Thursday – this after the Bearcats had beaten Chittenango. But Cazenovia wasn’t too impressed, taking over early and rolling to a 4-1 victory at Earl Hadley Stadium to improve its mark to 2-0.
All through the first half, Cazenovia pushed hard, and it translated to a trio of goals and a 3-0 margin. From there, the Lakers breezed the rest of the way as Polsin, Gerber and Mann all took turns finding the net. Again, Race earned an assist.
To complete a perfect 3-0 week, the Lakers hosted Manlius-Pebble Hill Saturday and, in overtime, emerged with a 3-2 victory over the Trojans.
That the Lakers could rescue it in OT was a tribute to the team’s fortitude. Ahead 2-0 at halftime, Cazenovia blew that advantage as MPH got goals from Gerrit Church and Bryce Church to pull even in the second half.