While every Section III Class B and OHSL Liberty division boys soccer team takes dead aim at defending champion Westhill, none seem to give them more stress than the Skaneateles Lakers.
And things were stressful again last Thursday night, when the undefeated, state Class B no. 5-ranked Warriors had to go to the wire again to put away Skaneateles and earn a 2-1 victory.
These same two teams had met Sept. 3, at Hyatt Stadium, and in that game Westhill controlled matters most of the night and then scored twice in the second half to take control, but still had to hang on late to prevail by that same 2-1 margin.
Now they were playing again, on Westhill’s turf, and this time around all the goals came in the first 40 minutes. Barak BenYehuda and Mike McKnight both scored for the Warriors, but Jack Bailey found the net for the Lakers, keeping the margin at one.
Throughout the second half, Westhill probed, but could not get anything past Skaneateles goalie Billy Patrick, who finished with seven saves. At the same time, though, the Warrior back line ably protected the lead as Chris Burrows only had to make four saves.
Marcellus would visit Solvay last Tuesday night, and while it was far from a superlative effort, the Mustangs still did enough to defeat the Bearcats 2-0.
On defense, Marcellus contained the quick Solvay lineup, holding them to just five shots, all stopped by Ian LaFever. A single goal in each half helped to overcome Joe Reale’s seven-save effort as Geoff Golick and Adam Molinari each scored for the Mustangs.
Things would not go as well for the Mustangs (7-3) on Friday night, at Cazenovia, where it lost to the Lakers by that same 2-0 margin, unable to get on the board.