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Defense, goals from O'Neil propel Liverpool past defending champs
Once again, a well-established power with lots of recent success brought home the Section III Class AA championship - only it wasn’t the one that many people expected. Two goals by Meagan O’Neill, along with a defense that stepped up when it was needed, helped Liverpool knock off defending champion Cicero-North Syracuse 2-1 in Friday night’s AA title game at SUNY-Cortland.
Northstars battle to end in 2-1 defeat to Hornets
Right to the end, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team was in the battle, making the state’s top-ranked team sweat and worry. But when all was finished in Thursday night’s Section III Class AA semifinal at Liverpool High School Stadium, the no. 4 seed Northstars had taken a 2-1 defeat to top seed Fayetteville-Manlius, the third time it had lost to the Hornets this fall, each of them one-goal decisions.
C-NS boys, Liverpool girls advance to finals against B'ville
The neighborhood rivalry between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse turned up in several different spots during the Section III playoffs, from early-round football to championship games in girls soccer and field hockey.
C-NS to face Liverpool for sectional title Friday
One last blast of summer warmth hit Central New York Tuesday as the four Section III Class AA girls soccer semifinals teams gathered at Christian Brothers Academy's Alibrandi Stadium. And with their victories, Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool earned the right to go to SUNY-Cortland Friday night and battle freezing temperatures - not to mention each other - with a sectional championship at stake.
Northstars topple F-M; Warriors run away from B'ville
For the first time since 2008, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool field hockey teams will settle the Section III Class A championship among themselves. The two neighbors and rivals got to this showdown through impressive finishes to their respective sectional semifinals, with the top-seeded Northstars getting away from Fayetteville-Manlius 3-1 and the Warriors unleashing its attack on no. 2 seed Baldwinsville to win by that exact same margin.
Warriors draw Class AA semifinal against B'ville
Maybe it was supposed to turn out this way for he Liverpool football team - that, in order to end a 16-year wait of returning to the Section III Class AA championship game, it would have to conquer both of its neighborhood rivals in consecutive weeks, and in consecutive playoff rounds.
Northstars rout Central Square; Akinpelu gets hat trick against Auburn
Whether it was an entire unit, or just an individual standing out, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls soccer team inched closer to a possible showdown for the Section III Class AA championship.
Liverpool finishes strong, holds no. 3 seed
Having endured its toughest week of the season, with three close contests (one of which went to overtime), the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team still won them all and locked down the top seed for its Section III Class AA title defense.
Liverpool surges ahead of playoff meeting with Wildcats
Though both the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys soccer teams are headed toward their annual appearances in the Section III Class AA playoffs, they both got there facing different questions about whether they had the goods for a championship run.
Northstars, Liverpool could meet once more in sectional final
A pair of victories, attained in very different manners, has the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team well-placed as the team to beat in the Section III Class A playoffs.