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Girls soccer Northstars, Warriors finish fast

Liverpool could play C-NS in AA sectional semifinals

Returning to league play on Wednesday night, the state AA no. 16-ranked Warriors doubled that output against Oswego at LHS Stadium, putting together a 6-0 shutout of the Buccaneers.

Morgan Wright led the way as Liverpool gained a 4-0 lead by halftime, Wright eventually earning a three-goal hat trick, the first of her varsity career, and adding an assist.

Kline picked up one goal and one assist, while Ore Akinpelu and Julia Heberger stepped up to score goals. Farrah Ziaie gained two assists, with Geyer and Lombard earning one assist apiece.

Then Liverpool closed out the regular season with a 2-0 shutout of the same Whitesboro team it beat 3-0 earlier this fall. One goal in each half proved ample as Geyer and Ore Akinpelu scored, with Leanne Barnard adding an assist.

But when the Class AA sectional playoff pairings came out, the Warriors received quite a surprise. A series of tie-breakers allowed three teams – C-NS, Baldwinsville and Fayetteville-Manlius - to get seeded ahead of Liverpool.

Add CBA (who got the no. 2 seed) to the mix, and the Warriors were all the way down to the no. 5 seed and would need to go on the road Wednesday to take on F-M, the no. 4 seed, whom it beat in last year’s title game.

And a win might mean that Liverpool gets C-NS, the top seed, in the semifinals, so long as the Northstars make it past the winner of Tuesday’s West Genesee-Utica Proctor opening-round match.

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