By the time Cicero-North Syracuse visited Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium last Monday night to face that same B’ville squad, it was playing its fourth game in a six-day span.
Perhaps that crowded schedule had something to do with the Northstars tailing off in a 1-0 defeat to the Bees, who was trying to shake off its own inconsistencies stemming from a 1-2 start.
When Connor Ross scored in the first half off a feed from Connor Linduski, neither side could have realized that it would be the lone goal of the evening.
Morgan Miller stopped everything else the Bees tried on the evening and finished with seven saves, but C-NS had a difficult time establishing any sort of attack, managing just four direct shots at Nick Lindovski, all stopped.
Following that, the Northstars got some rest, and it proved vital, because next up was Friday’s game against Utica Proctor, a rematch of last year’s Section III Class AA final won by the Raiders for the first time in that program’s history.
Remembering that result, C-NS beat Proctor this time around in a 2-1 thriller where all of the scoring took place in the second half.
Though the Raiders’ David Upendo got a goal, the Northstars countered with Kyle Tracy and Pete Girardi each finding the net, Liam McDonnell grabbing an assist. Then C-NS held on late as Miller picked up seven saves.
All of this will lead to Friday’s rematch between C-NS and Liverpool at Gillette Road, this after the two sides played to a 0-0 stalemate on Sept. 3. Before that, the Warriors get a chance to build momentum in games against Oswego and Corcoran, while the Northstars would go to Auburn on Wednesday night.