Right after the Westhill boys soccer team turned back Marcellus 2-0 on Oct. 10, both sides would enter the last week of the regular season facing important tests against Laker teams – and kept on winning them.
The state Class B no. 7-ranked Warriors faced Cazenovia last Tuesday night and completed a regular-season sweep of those Lakers, prevailing by a score of 3-1.
Having prevailed 2-0 in their first meeting Sept. 19 at the Sean Googin Sports Complex, Westhill matched that goal-scoring output in the first half alone, only to have Ted Dwyer find the net to keep Cazenovia within range, 2-1, at the half.
Not panicking, the Warriors added an insurance goal early in the second half and maintained that margin the rest of the way, Jake Etoll leading the way with one goal and one assist. Barak BenYehuda and Tom Kinsella also found the net as the defense protected Chris Burrows, who only had to make four saves all night.
As that went on, Marcellus was busy completing its own regular-season sweep over a major rival, edging Skaneateles 2-1 in front of the Mustangs’ home fans to augment the 1-0 win earned at Hyatt Stadium back on that same Sept. 19 where Westhill first handled Cazenovia.
Where the games differed was the timing of the key plays. Marcellus and Skaneateles went to the second half still 0-0, but then the Mustangs broke through with goals from Geoff Golick and Adam Molinari, with Mark Tompkins adding an assist.
Skaneateles got on the board, too, thanks to Jack Bailey’s unassisted goal, but it could get nothing more, as each of Ian LaFever’s three saves would prove important.
From there, the Mustangs went on to blast Solvay 8-0 on Thursday night, breaking out in the latter stages of the game after grabbing a more modest 2-0 halftime lead.