Baldwinsville Twice in a 10-day span, the Baldwinsville and Liverpool boys soccer teams would get together, measuring each other long before championships will get settled.
Their first encounter Tuesday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium was a good one, bleeding into overtime before Mike Guardino put in the decisive goal and the Bees edged the Warriors 2-1.
Both were coming off strong efforts during Labor Day weekend. As B'ville, the four-time defending Section III Class AA champions, were winning the Clarence Tournament near Buffalo, Liverpool went east, to the Albany area, and went 1-0-1 in scrimmages against Section II powers Shenendehowa and Bethlehem.
Now, in the local opener, it was the Bees nearly scoring in the first 90 seconds, with Liverpool goalie Karl Miller caught out of position and Ben Ramin unable to put it into the unoccupied net.
Still, B'ville had most of the chances in the first half, getting impatient when it could not convert. That changed in the 30th minute, though, when, off a free kick 25 yards out, Adam Lauko and Sean Stewart faked shots before Mike Guardino bent a beautiful curving ball by Miller and just inside the right post.
Liverpool went to the second half trailing 1-0, but had found that it could counter-attack against B'ville's defense and create some scoring opportunities.
Sure enough, in the 50th minute Mike Schneider took the ball at midfield and, with a full-speed charge and excellent dribbling skills, worked past two B'ville defenders and broke in alone before firing a hard shot past Bees goalie Alex Bono to tie it, 1-1.
Late in regulation, both teams had terrific chances to break the tie. Bono, playing well out of his net, robbed Liverpool's Brad Bargelski on a hard shot with 10:45 to play, mere seconds after Miller made a similar stop on Guardino.
So they went into sudden-death overtime, but it didn't last long. Just 1:15 into the extra period, Lauko, from the point, launched a hard shot that Miller could not keep within his grasp, allowing Guardino to swoop in and knock home the rebound to end it.
Now quite familiar with each other, B'ville and Liverpool will play again next Thursday at 7 p.m., but this time on the artificial turf at LHS Stadium.