Boys soccer Warriors repeat as sectional champs

Westhill rallies past Skaneateles, 2-1, in Class B final

— For the rest of the half, Skaneateles protected that 1-0 lead, especially when the Warriors resumed its aggressive approach late in the half, as BenYehuda and Kinsella both missed point-blank chances to tie up the match.

Early in the second half, Lakers goalie Billy Patrick frustrated BenYehuda again with a tremendous save. But half a minute later, at the 2:56 mark, BenYehuda, off a series of crisp passes (the last of them from Mike Parasczak), hit one that Patrick could not stop, tying it 1-1.

Energized by that goal, the Warriors kept pushing, wearing down the Laker defenders. Then, in the 52nd minute, BenYehuda again found himself in prime position, taking Kinsella's terrific pass from the right side and firing home the go-ahead goal.

Down the stretch, Westhill's defense, forgetting its early troubles, did a superb job protecting that one-goal lead.

Fletcher Chapin, Jared Ristoff, Matt Perry, Alex Skeele and other back-line players turned away most of the chances, and Burrows worked his total to six saves. Clymer had the best chance to tie it with six minutes left, but his shot lofted just over the net.

Now Westhill has one bit of unfinished business - getting past the regional round, which it will try to do back at LHS Stadium on Saturday at 4:30 when it faces Section IV champion Oneonta.

The Warriors lost a bitter 1-0 decision to Susquehanna Valley in this same round a year ago, and badly want payback in order to advance to next weekend's state Class B final four in Middletown.

"The seniors still have that sour taste in our mouths," said Kinsella. "We want to get rid of it."

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