To stay unbeaten, the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team had to navigate through four more obstacles in the last full week of September – and did so, capping it with a tournament title in Rome.
It started with the Northstars venturing to Weedsport last Monday afternoon, and even on a natural grass field, C-NS proved good enough as Marie Aloi led her side to a 2-0 victory over the Warriors.
With its 6-2 record, Weedsport kept things close most of the way, yet managed just two direct shots against a stingy Northstars defense.
Still, Aloi’s first-half goal stood up, and though Abby Marsden made seven saves, she could not keep Aloi from notching her second goal in the game’s latter stages to give the visitors some insurance.
In yet another tough test on Wednesday afternoon, at Baldwinsville, the Northstars could not get anything on the board, settling for a 0-0 tie with the Bees.
Again, the grass surface slowed things down for a C-NS side accustomed to a quicker pace. And though B’ville had played an overtime game the day before (a 1-0 defeat to Fayetteville-Manlius), it still managed to hold the Northstars to five shots, all of them stopped by Kaitlyn Gee.
Now C-NS went east to play in the Rome Free Academy Tournament, and met the host Black Knights in the opening round.
Here, the Northstars’ offense finally got on track in a 4-1 victory, taking 17 shots overall and finding the net twice in each half to subdue RFA and overcome 13 saves from Paula Amo.
Four different players – Megan Caveny, Elise Towers, McKayla Roberts and Nessa McKie – had the four goals, with Maggie Kennedy and Alana Lorraine earning the assists.
And that momentum carried over into Saturday’s final, when C-NS knocked off Camden by that same 4-1 margin by relying on that exact same formula as RFA, with two goals in each half and four different players finding the net.