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Bees' soccer teams open with wins

Without a sectional title for six years, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team is bent on changing that fact -- as evidenced by the way it dominated its own Kickoff Classic last weekend at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

From a 13-5-3 team that fell to Liverpool in last year's Section III Class AA semifinal, the Bees graduated just five seniors, including Katelyn Charbonneau and Emma Albert.

However, the returning talent is vast, including Jen Fabian, Alexis Coughlin, Quincey Spagnoletti, Meghan Haney, Katie Gildemeyer, Jackie Firenze and Ali Nagle.

And the Bees got an extra boost when, in the off-season, it snagged Nicole Close, the one-time Cicero-North Syracuse standout who transferred.

All the pieces, familiar and new, were on display when B'ville began its own tournament last Friday with an 8-0 rout of Ithaca.

Haney was the lone Bees player to score twice. Coughlin, who played in the Empire State Games this summer, picked up a goal and two assists.

Close's debut included a single goal, something shared by Spagnoletti, Fabian, Sam Yaro and Jamie Schmidt. Nagle and Emma Firenze joined Spagnoletti in the assist column.

Much more defense was required in Saturday's final against Westhill, who had topped Saratoga Springs 3-2 in the other opening-round match.

But with new goalie Casey Chiesa earning seven saves, the Bees blanked the Warriors 3-0. Fabian, Nagle and Spagnoletti each took turns scoring, with Amanda Ingersoll earning her first assist of the season.

B'ville plays its first road game of the season Wednesday, at Rome Free Academy, then is off until Tuesday's battle with Liverpool, their first encounter since last year's playoff defeat.

As for the B'ville boys team, it took on a new role -- that of defending Section III Class AA champions.

Having used an overtime victory over Fayetteville-Manlius last November to finally reach that elusive summit, the Bees enter 2008 with the full belief that it could happen again.

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