Nick Rogers did not really get a good piece of Brandon Carnovale's corner kick late in the first overtime of Tuesday night's Section III Class AA boys soccer final -- but he did enough to take Baldwinsville to a place it has never gone before.
By earning the "golden goal", Rogers helped the Bees defeat Fayetteville-Manlius 1-0 at West Genesee High School for its first-ever sectional championship.
After years of producing good, contending teams, then watching schools like F-M, Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse snag the crown, B'ville finally is on top.
"I can't even describe it," said head coach Tim Scheemaker in the moments after the battle ended. "I felt we had the best team all season, and the kids really got along and clicked on the field to make it happen."
This was never more true than in the winning sequence of events, which came at the end of a cold, windy and wet evening where both teams struggled to get many great scoring chances.
It all started when senior midfielder Nate Bourdeau burst up the middle with the ball and charged to the net, forcing an F-M defender to trip him and create a free-kick situation from 25 yards out. Bourdeau's free kick was tipped by the Hornets' defensive wall just wide, forcing a corner kick from the left side.
Carnovale took it and floated the ball up into the stiff wind. Somewhere in the mix of players in front, Rogers flicked it just enough so that it changed direction, beat Hornets goalkeeper Alex Cameron-Carter, and fit just inside the top right corner of the net.
Scheemaker said that, given the way his team had kept control of the ball most of the night, it was just a question of time before they converted.
"We were getting so much possession," he said. "We were going to get something."