When they had first met a month earlier, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team was still in its growing phase, and not yet at the level where Fayetteville-Manlius appeared to stand alone, at least in terms of local Section III Class AA sides.
Everything has changed now – including the quality of play from the Bees, who absorbed an early blow in last Tuesday night’s rematch with the Hornets and then shrugged it off, seizing control by halftime and prevailing by a score of 3-1.
That initial meeting, a 2-0 defeat on Sept. 4 at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, was part of a 9-0 start for F-M where it rose all the way to no. 2 in the state Class AA rankings.
But after Liverpool gave the Hornets its first defeat in another 3-1 decision on Sept. 26, it appeared to cause lingering damage to F-M, for defeats to CBA and Cicero-North Syracuse quickly followed.
B’ville took notice of all this as it steadily built a five-game win streak, and by the time it was done at F-M, it would be six in a row, and the Hornets would be in further trouble.
Barely a minute into the game, F-M appeared to offer a signal of renewal as Connor Treglia scored off a feed from Joe Amato. But B’ville just as quickly pulled even, 1-1, and then tacked on two more goals before they reached halftime.
Connor Ross took the most advantage of the Hornets’ defensive breakdowns, twice finding the net, while Connor Lunduski managed a goal and assist and Jeff Mahar also had an assist.
Once it had that lead, B’ville still had to get through the second half - which it did, the defense putting together as superb effort to thwart all of F-M’s chances as Nick Lindovski finished with six saves.