Cicero A single goal late in the second half was all that the Liverpool boys soccer team needed as it lifted the Warriors over the Cicero-North Syracuse Northstars 1-0 Friday night at the Gillette Road Middle School complex.
Liverpool’s Jeff Meyers snuck behind the C-NS defense with 10:30 to go in regulation and drove in a pass from Connor Vaughn for the winning score.
The C-NS defenders, Meyers said, thought because of Meyer’s height, there was no way he could collect a pass over the defense. But when he saw Northstars goalkeeper Morgan Miller drawn out by the Liverpool attack, Meyers collected the pass from Vaughn and snuck the ball in on the backside corner.
On the scoring play, Liverpool head coach Doug Nunn said he wanted his team to get all the Northstar defenders on one side and sneak guys like Meyers into the weak side. They tried it all game, and the plan finally came to fruition when Meyers found the net.
The last time these two teams met on Sept. 4, the game ended in a 0-0 draw. Neither coach really changed their plan going into Friday’s match, but the Warriors found an opportunity to score and capitalized.
Throughout the first half, the athletic forwards of Pete Girardi and Kyle Tracey for C-NS continuously attacked Liverpool. But the experience of defensive backers Miles Veney, Joe Pugh, Mike Milligan and Zach Munski, combined with goalkeeper Cody Peck, thwarted any Northstar goal.
This defensive group - all but Veney are returning starters - is the reason why Liverpool stayed in the game, Nunn said.
“We have a very strong defensive group,” Nunn said. “Sometimes they bend a little bit but they don't break. It’s reassuring that we always have those guys back there that can keep us into a game.”