Westhill boys reach Class B final; Marcellus ousted

Warriors blank VVS as Lakers take 2-0 loss to Marcellus

Not content with that 1-0 edge, Skaneateles kept forcing the issue, until a foul inside the 18-yard box gave the Lakers a penalty kick that Bailey converted for the insurance goal.

As Marcellus dealt with the brutal disappointment of a playoff defeat to a bitter rival, Westhill didn’t have any stress at all against no. 4 seed VVS, taking control early and never letting go.

During a first half where the Warriors dominated the flow of play, it got on the board once, as Mike MacKnight, in the 12th minute, got open on the left side and, with his wrong foot, pushed it past Red Devils goalie Justin VanDuLuitgarden.

Though Westhill didn’t score the rest of the half, it constantly kept the ball in the VVS end, never letting the Red Devils establish any sort of attack. That relentless pressure took its toll as, less than five minutes into the second half, Matt Torak converted to make it 2-0.

Westhill’s diverse attack never got content, either, answering VVS’s brief charge by having Barak BenYehuda score in the 58th minute, expanding the margin to 3-0, and seven minutes later Nick French added a fourth goal. Torak, BenYehuda and Jake Etoll each got one assist as VanDuluitgarden, in defeat, made nine saves.

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