Girls soccer Bees beaten in state semifinals

B'ville tightened up its own defense as Alexis Czyz, Jessica Elliiot, Sarah Lindovski and Lana Vecchiarelli did a superb job of protection the rest of the way, waiting for their work to be vindicated by a tying goal.

And it came with 12:51 left when Emma Firenze burst in from the right side, ran past two defenders and hit a hard shot that glanced off Meyer's hands into the net, tying it at 1-1 - and setting the stage for the final drama.

Unfazed by this sudden turnaround, Massapequa attacked hard late in regulation, forcing set plays and corner kicks and making the Bees again defend its hard-won draw. But just before it could get to overtime, the Bees watched Kugler find space in the middle and, from 25 yards out, blast a shot past Lynch into the top right corner of the net.

It proved to make the difference as B'ville finished its season with a mark of 19-2. Seven seniors graduate from head coach Kathy Morse's squad, including Sulllivan, Elliot, Vechiarelli, Czyz, Erin Ward, Alex D'Huy and Amanda Ingersoll. But the return of both the Firenze and Monnat sisters, plus Lindovski, Lynch, Emma Jeffrey, Lily VanDevalk and Alyssa Tretowicz, signals that another state title run is quite possible in 2011.

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