Both of the Fayetteville-Manlius soccer teams carry championship aspirations – but as the last week of the regular season started, they each knew that they would have to step up a lot to make that possible.
The boys Hornets’ late-season struggles continued as it lost at home for the third time in 13 days last Tuesday night, taking a 3-1 defeat to Baldwinsville.
F-M had won their initial meeting 2-0 on Sept. 4 at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, but things had changed in the month before their rematch, B’ville building a five-game win streak by the time they saw the Hornets again.
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. Ben Obrist saw extended time in goal for the Hornets, recording three saves.
Now the Hornets badly needed any kind of win to get back on track, and got one Thursday, at Nottingham, where a quick start led to a 3-1 victory over the Bulldogs.
Just as it had with B’ville, the Hornets earned some quick goals. The difference was that the defense didn’t allow anything, so F-M carried a 2-0 advantage to the break, and would then answer Nottingham’s lone tally from Ismet Suljic in the second half.