SKANEATELES — For a four-minute stretch, the Lakers were as dominant on offense as any team could hope for.
From the 25- to the 21-minute mark of the first half Skaneateles boys soccer poured in four goals, and that was more than enough in an 8-0 win over Blessed Virgin Mary Thursday at Skaneateles High School.
For the Lakers, who have now won six of their last seven games, it was the highest-scoring game so far on the season. Their previous season-high in goals was seven, recorded Sept. 13 against Jordan-Elbridge.
"We moved the ball for a period of time pretty well. A couple of those goals were set pieces, the other ones were nice run-play goals," Skaneateles coach Aaron Moss said. "The guys settled in and we had that spurt that got us on the board."
The first two goals of the game, starting with one 15 minutes into the contest, were both on corner kicks lofted in by Tylar Moss and finished on headers by Will Pinckney. While taken from opposite sides of the field, but times Pinckney used his height to attack the ball with his head and bounce the ball past Blessed Virgin Mary goalie Thaddeus Peterson.
"It's been a couple weeks since he's had one. I think he had two earlier in the season and now he's got two more in one game," Moss said of Pinckney. "We've got plays for him. Tylar put in nice balls for both of those and Will timed his run properly, which we've been working on. Two great headers on goal and not over the net or to the side, so the coaching, training and preparing is working. That's good."
Sam Gadjo, twice, Tommy Reed and Levi Carvahlo added goals in the first half to put Skaneateles ahead 6-0 at halftime. Noah O'Connor and Owen Cheney recorded goals in the second half.
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Ahead by such a large margin midway through the game, the only question was whether Skaneateles would be able to preserve the shutout. Senior Yorvin Solis wasn't tested much in the first half, but Connor Ellison replaced him for the second half and was a little busier.
Near the 20-minute mark of the second half, Blessed Virgin Mary strung together a few corner kick chances along with a direct kick, but none resulted in a goal. While putting a zero on the board was nice, Moss was more concerned with how the team executed.
"Obviously clean sheets are nice. It's one of the things in soccer that people point to and the kids like it," Moss said. "We were worried about executing properly and faster. It's nice to not get scored on. If we execute, we're going to keep the bagel and if we don't, we're probably losing."
After the game, Skaneateles celebrated its 10 seniors with a ceremony honoring their years with the team. With less than two weeks remaining before sectionals, that senior group aims to make memories before their soccer careers, for some, come to a close.
"They've been playing together for a long time and they've got a nice kinship. They're all friends and get along really well," Moss said. "They've been good leaders, kind of bringing the younger guys along. That's been a real value for us. They're battling hard and looking to see what they can do in their final season. For some of them, this is it."
Skaneateles (10-3-1) travels to Cazenovia Friday before wrapping up with Marcellus on Oct. 9.