Cicero Bryan Sibble and the Cicero-North Syracuse offense appeared to have finally broken through.
After three Sibble crosses sailed through the 18-yard box unfinished early in the second half, and the Northstars’ senior striker failed to put away a header of his own minutes later, Sibble found himself all alone against Fayetteville-Manlius goalkeeper Jim Brady, just 12 yards out, at the tail end of Tuesday's showdown of traditional Class AA boys soccer powers.
Angled right, Sibble fired a low shot toward the bottom-left corner. The ball skidded by the sliding Brady, but didn’t make it all the way through. The Hornets goalie stretched back his right hand and made a fingertip save, quickly pulling the ball into his body.
“(In the) second half I thought we came out really well,” C-NS head coach Mike McCaffery said. “We got some really good opportunities in the first 15-20 minutes. I think we pressed real hard and we didn’t get anything for it.”
Missed opportunities plagued the Northstars in their 2-0 loss to F-M on Tuesday. C-NS earned a number
of quality chances and dominated possession for the span McCaffery referenced, but left Gillette Field with no goals and fell to 6-2 on the season.
Tyler Snow and Simon Myhill scored for F-M as the Hornets improved to 5-1-1, sitting atop the CNY Cties League American Division.
“I thought it was the best collective defensive effort we’ve had all year,” F-M head coach Jeff Hammond said. “We’ve really been working hard on getting guys to battle.”
The Hornets defense, led by Brady, was sharp right from the start. Sibble got his first chance less than eight minutes into the game when a through ball scooted up the field. He ran past the F-M defense, but Brady beat him to it, clearing the ball just before Sibble reached it.