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C-NS soccer stopped by Massapequa in state semis

Short-handed Northstars give up first goals in two months

Cicero-North Syracuse senior midfielder Stephanie Liberati (14) finds her path to the ball blocked by Massapequa's Nicole Mahin (22) in Saturday's state Class AA semifinal at Cortland High School. Liberati and the Northstars lost, 4-1, to the Chiefs.

Cicero-North Syracuse senior midfielder Stephanie Liberati (14) finds her path to the ball blocked by Massapequa's Nicole Mahin (22) in Saturday's state Class AA semifinal at Cortland High School. Liberati and the Northstars lost, 4-1, to the Chiefs. Timothy Van Camp Jr.

And that's where it would end, C-NS spending the entire second half making attacks, only to get stymied by a tough Chiefs defense that easily preserved its margin and earned a berth in the state final against North Rockland, who beat Webster Thomas 1-0 in the other semifinal.

The Northstars, meanwhile, saw the end of a 17-3-1 campaign that included sectional and regional titles, but fell two victories short of the ultimate prize.

The good part for C-NS is that just two starters - Jim and Stephanie Liberati - graduate, leaving a large group of talented players such as Garner, Haven, Marissa Rio, Chloe Lonergan, Meghan Duffy, Mary Kate Ordway, Ariah Rosas and Kate Wagner back in 2014 to go after the state championship again.

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