Girls soccer Bees top Liverpool again

Baldwinsville's girls soccer team played the role of spoiler on Liverpool's Senior Night with a 2-0 victory in a pivotal girls soccer showdown of state-ranked teams Monday at Solvay's Earl Hadley Stadium.

Sophomore Jackie Firenze accounted for both of B'ville's goals. The win snapped a first-place tie between the state Class AA no. 11-ranked Bees (6-0, 8-1) and the no. 13-ranked Warriors (6-1, 8-3).

It was the second time this season the Bees shut out the Warriors, who honored its 14 seniors before the match. The Bees blanked Liverpool 1-0 in a non-leaguer on Sept. 22.

B'ville coach Kathy Morse said teamwork has been an important element for her team, which has chalked up eight straight wins since losing their season-opener to Rochester Mercy.

"In the beginning of the season we had a tough time finding the net," Morse said. "But we're playing as a team more. We're starting to come together really nice."

Firenze provided the offensive fire power with a pair of unassisted goals for the Bees. Firenze's first goal came off a defensive breakdown with 28:18 to go in the first half. She scored on a close-range shot when the ball rolled in front of the goal after the Warriors failed to clear it.

"One breakdown, one shot, one goal," Liverpool coach Kevin McGrane said. "Then we're behind and it's an uphill battle the rest of the way."

The Bees possessed the ball much better than the Warriors, especially in the second half. Firenze added an insurance goal with 14:55 left when she ripped a rocket line drive that bounced off the hands of goalie Noel Peck and went into the net.

"We played an amazing second half," Morse said. "We knew it would be a tough game for us. The first time we played it was a back and forth game. I'm proud of my kids for stepping up and playing well."

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