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Skaneateles boys soccer falls in sectional final

Top-seeded Westhill rallies past Lakers, 2-1, in title game

— Then the Lakers had to go back into a defensive mode when Westhill’s attack resumed its aggressive approach late in the half, as BenYehuda and Tom 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, one of 11 he would accumulate on the night. 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 Lakers’ 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.

Skaneateles finished with a 12-8 mark, yet has to feel good about what lies ahead. Moss said he was said that his seniors, including starters Tyler Strods, Mike Jorgensen and Jamie Roney, were unable to add this title in the Lakers’ four sectional finals appearance in six years.

However, the return of a large group of starters that includes Patrick, Clymer, Jack Bailey, Eli Goodell, Nick Palmer, Shawn Palmer, Sam Duggan and Andrew Weiss has the Lakers believing that 2014 could provide something more than a long post-season run.

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