Girls soccer Warriors handle F-M, Skaneateles

Liverpool starts fast after rain postpones B'ville clash

— Ever since the Liverpool girls soccer team fell to Baldwinsville in last fall’s Section III Class AA semifinal, the Warriors had waited for another chance to upend the Bees.

Thanks to Central New York’s fickle weather, the Warriors had to wait a bit longer. Liverpool was supposed to open the season at B’ville last Wednesday night, only to have a huge rainstorm lead to a postponement. They’ll make up the game Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

In the meantime, the Warriors, who lost just five seniors from the 2010 squad that finished with a 13-4-1 record, would start out at home with back-to-back contests, and would sail through both of them.

First, Liverpool met Fayetteville-Manlius, already at 3-0 following a tournament title at Jamesville-DeWitt and a last-minute 2-1 win over Auburn.

But the Warriors promptly gave the Hornets its first blemish, prevailing 3-1. It took a 1-0 lead by halftime and pulled away late, seeing Kim Murphy and newcomer Emma Geyer both earn one goal and one assist. Kayla Whalen also scored, while Nikki Carfi added an assist.

Less than 24 hours later, Liverpool hosted Skaneateles, and again used a strong finish to get away from the Lakers and prevail 4-1.

As with F-M, it was only a 1-0 halftime lead, and Murphy helped in the late push, finishing with a pair of goals. Alexis Kline and Ore Akinpelu also converted, while Mallorie O’Brien and Breanna Sharpe earned assists.

A big test looms Tuesday night, when Liverpool hosted West Genesee, who has roared to a 4-0 start. The rescheduled B’ville game will follow, by one night, a visit Monday to Cicero-North Syracuse.

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