Nothing else, even the local opposition, had stood in the way of the Marcellus and Westhill girls soccer teams through the month of September, but the Warriors went through a pair of exciting contests during last week’s action.
First, Westhill had to go through a tough fight with Skaneateles last Tuesday night, settling for a 0-0 draw with the Lakers.
Both sides had plenty of chances to get on the board, in both the 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. Neither would succeed, though.
Westhill’s defense, led by Paige Rogers, Shelby Stack, Gretchen Krzykowski and Nicole Easterly, broke up Skaneateles attacks, and goalie Sam Peebles had eight saves. The Lakers faced more heat, but Mary Buck turned away each of the Warriors’ 11 shots.
Then the Warriors found itself in worse shape Thursday night, at Cazenovia, where it trailed by a couple of goals at halftime but, led by the Lippert sisters, it rallied past those other Lakers 3-2.
Through 40 minutes, Westhill trailed 2-0, as Cazenovia used goals by Kristie Klein and Kelsi Fredericks to move in front, and nothing the Warriors tried against Laker goalie Jamie Enders would work.
But in the second half, it all changed. Lindsey Lippert proved unstoppable, twice beating Enders for goals and assisting on Kelly Lippert’s tally. Peebles, with her five saves, and Westhill’s defense did the rest, containing Klein, the OHSL’s leading scorer, the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, Marcellus was impressive in last Monday’s visit to Bishop Ludden, keeping the ball away from the Gaelic Knights and spotlighting a new star in the course of a 3-0 victory.
Freshman Madison Belvito had already earned a spot in the Marcellus starting lineup, but her production as modest in the season’s opening weeks as she deferred to her more seasoned teammates.