All of the major obstacles are out of the way for Liverpool’s boys soccer team as it now hones in on trying to reclaim a Section III Class AA title it last won a decade ago.
The Warriors, who sit at no. 15 in the latest state AA rankings, hosted Nottingham last Tuesday night and used a 15-minute outburst to put away the Bulldogs 3-0.
Any hopes Nottingham may have possessed started to dissipate in the 12th minute, when Connor Vaughn sent a terrific pass to the middle that Lukas Rubio picked up in mid-stride, leading to a low shot past Bulldog goalie Bhuwan Basnet.
Just five minutes later, it was 2-0 as Gerardo Ramirez Hanon broke loose on the right side and sent a low shot home. And the margin grew to three in the 26th minute, Vaughn getting the goal this time off a nice cross from Sam Fuller in the left corner.
All of those goals proved plenty for the Warriors, even though Nottingham’s pressure picked up in the second half and tension led to a series of cards, including a red card, that left the Bulldogs short-handed in the homestretch.
Liverpool then wrapped up league play on Saturday with a 6-0 romp over Central Square, getting a near-perfect balance in its attack as it overwhelmed the Red Hawks by scoring four times in the second half.
Six different players – Vaughn, Fuller, Joe Pugh, Alex Sestak, Jeff Meyers and Mike Alsid – picked up those six goals, with Vaughn and Pugh adding assists. Rubio and Zach Munski also earned assists.
Cicero-North Syracuse returned to action last Tuesday night, hosting West Genesee, and found that its attack was starting to click in the course of a 4-0 shutout over the Wildcats.
Following a solid first half where it grabbed a 1-0 lead, the Northstars tacked on three more goals in the second half, and four different players scored.