DeWitt The gathering of Christian Brothers Academy and Fayetteville-Manlius for Saturday’s girls/boys soccer doubleheader at Alibrandi Stadium was about much more than two long-time powers challenging each other on the field.
Thanks to efforts from players on both sides, the game was also a “Red Out”, with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association.
And the games proved quite fun, too. On the boys side, CBA, no. 10 in the state Class A rankings, sprinted out in front and stayed there, defeating the Hornets 3-1.
The Brothers stretched out F-M’s defenders and forced the action from the start. Then, in the 17th minute, CBA drew a corner kick from which Parker Johnston put it past Hornets goalie Jim Brady.
With just three minutes left in the half, CBA, clinging to that 1-0 lead, attacked again, and Monte Stroman slid one into the net, doubling the margin as the two sides went to halftime.
Midway through the second half, the cushion got bigger for the Brothers, thanks to Ian McConnell’s goal, and though F-M’s Tyler Snow put in an unassisted goal a minute later, the Hornets could not get closer.
Matt Stedman and Zach Zajdel got credit for assists, but it was goalie Mike Smith that may have been CBA’s biggest star, constantly thwarting the Hornets as he stopped 12 of 13 shots he faced.
In the girls game between the Hornets and Brothers, it was F-M emerging victorious, breaking through with a patient attack and putting together a 3-0 victory.
It was scoreless for much of the first half, but Emily Murray’s free-kick goal from 25 yards out got the Hornets on the board. Then Sarah Olick-Sutphen and Alexis Muraco tacked on goals in the game’s late stages, thwarting any possible comeback from the Brothers.
A whole lot happened in the lead-up to the game, starting with F-M's boys rising to the no. 2 spot in the state Class AA rankings, behind only Arlington, from Section I, only to see its perfect mark get ruined Thursday night in a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.