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Three B'ville girls teams qualify for sectional finals

it turned out to be quite an exciting Tuesday night for three different Baldwinsville girls fall sports teams, all of whom advanced to play for their respective Section III championships.

In field hockey, a magical season continued for the Bees as Lindsay Varga's overtime goal gave B'ville, the no. 2 seed, a 1-0 victory over no. 3 seed Liverpool at Morrisville State College.

Over at West Genesee, the top-seeded B'ville girls soccer team also played Liverpool, also went to overtime - and also won 1-0, the game-winner coming from Emma Firenze after a frustrating 80 minutes of regulation.

Only in girls volleyball was there any real lack of drama, as B'ville smashed West Genesee in three games at the Baker High School gym to advance to next week's Class AA title match - against Liverpool, of course.

For the field hockey Bees, the trip to Morrisville State ended an 11-day respite between the end of the regular season and the playoffs. Waiting was Liverpool, whom it had beat by margins of 2-0 (on Sept. 20) and 1-0 (on Oct. 14) during the regular season.

Between the familiarity with each other and the pressure inherent in the playoffs, it was perhaps little surprise that regulation passed without a goal from either the Bees or Warriors. For their part, B'ville defenders, led by Liz Ventura, Nicole Piontkowski and Emily Brissenden, stood up quite well as Liverpool only managed a handful of good scoring chances.

So it remained 0-0 heading into the 10-minute overtime period, where the teams go seven-on-seven. B'ville pressed hard, then found the opening needed as Varga, taking a pass from Paige Corso, deposited a shot past Liverpool goalie Tess Tracy to win it.

Now the Bees get set for the Class A final against defending champion Rome Free Academy, to be played Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium. RFA split its two games with B'ville in the regular season, each side winning at home, and blanked CNS 2-0 in the other sectional semifinal.

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