Liverpool What the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys soccer teams shared in 2012 were dreams of a Section III Class AA championship thwarted by Utica Proctor – the Warriors in a dramatic overtime semifinal, the Northstars in the title game.
The two neighbors and rivals would share the same turf Wednesday night in front of a large crowd at LHS Stadium, and 110 minutes of action yielded no resolution as the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
When practices started, Liverpool had plenty to be hungry about, beyond the memory of the OT defeat to Proctor. Not since 2004 have the Warriors made it to a sectional final, and it’s been a decade since the Warriors’ last championship run.
Yet Liverpool took a huge blow just days before the start of a regular season. According to head coach Doug Nunn, while taking a routine cut in practice, senior Nick Zingaro, the team’s leading scorer the last two seasons, tore the ACL in his left knee, sidelining him for the rest of the season.
This has forced the Warriors to reconfigure its attack on the fly, and the result was a lot of struggles during a season-opening tournament on Aug. 30 and 31 at LHS Stadium where Proctor was in the field, along with Nottingham and Jamesville-DeWitt.
In the opening round, both games featured overtime and required shoot-outs, making it a long day once a weather delay for lightning was factored into the equation.
Proctor and Nottingham went to penalty kicks, where the Bulldogs prevailed, 5-3. Then Liverpool and J-D played 110 scoreless minutes of regulation and overtime before deciding to halt the game after the weather delay.
When they returned on Saturday, Liverpool edged past Nottingham 1-0 on Gerardo Ramirez-Hadon’s goal, assisted by Kyle Lombard Peck did not give up anything in the two-day tournament and only had to make nine saves. Proctor beat J-D in the other game.