B'ville's girls soccer team also had a heated encounter with Liverpool, the no. 4 seed, as they met in the AA semifinals in Camillus. Such was expected after regular-season encounters - one on Sept. 17, the other on Oct. 15 - that both ended 2-1 in the Bees' favor.
All through regulation, the pattern remained consistent. B'ville's quick attackers would wander into Liverpool territory, and every time the Warriors would offer up fierce resistance. The only good thing about it was that the Bees also were quite formidable on the defensive side, unwilling to give Liverpool many close chances.
Here, they would play 20 full minutes of overtime. Just 2:12 into the extra period, B'ville put together a series of crisp passes. The last of them saw Angelica Romeu give it to Emma Firenze, whose quick shot sailed past Liverpool goalie Tori Corsaro and into the net.
B'ville maintained that slim edge through the rest of the OT sessions, withstanding a pair of Liverpool corner kicks in the second extra period. And it means the Bees will face Fayetteville-Manlius Friday night at 5:30 at SUNY-Cortland for the Class AA title. F-M upset defending champion CBA 1-0 in the quarterfinals, then used a big second half to knock out Cicero-North Syracuse 4-1 in the semifinals.
The girls volleyball Class AA semifinal was over quickly. B'ville treated West Genesee, the no. 4 seed, like it had treated 16 previous opponents - by sweeping them. The Bees beat the Wildcats 25-5 in the first game, then claimed the next two games 25-17 and 25-18.
Brianna Stewart's night included 28 assists, six aces and seven digs. A balanced B'ville front line included Allegra Bell picking up nine kills and three blocks, while Paulina Rein had eight kills. Emily Walser and Erica Miller each had six kills, while Sarah Klaben picked up four aces and Becca Maher contributed five digs.
In the Class AA final on Nov. 10, the Bees will get Liverpool, whose three-game sweep of CNS prevented the Northstars from getting a chance to have the championship match on its home court.