All the soccer teams from Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy gathered together on Saturday at Swan Pond in a "Pink Out" to raise money for the breast-cancer awareness and the American Cancer Society.
And as it turned out, both the occasion and the games proved quite memorable. Each game went into overtime, with the F-M and the CBA girls ending up even at 2-2 and the boys Hornets getting on the board in OT to top the Brothers 1-0.
Organized by senior captain Brian Ward, the event included a T-shirt sale built up over several weeks. More than 400 pink long-sleeve shirts were sold at $15 per shirt, with $5 of those proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Also, a team of 10 F-M teachers and administrators took part in Sunday's "Making Strides" walk that the ACS organized in downtown Syracuse.
Many of those pink shirts were on when the games got underway in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd that kept building through the night.
Going first in the afternoon, the F-M girls quickly went ahead 1-0 against the defending Section III Class AA champion Brothers, as Morgan Same earned the goal. Less than a minute laer, though, Alexis Koval answered for CBA, making it a 1-1 tie.
A new star emerged for the Hornets as freshman Alexis Muraco, newly called up from the JV ranks, powered a 30-yards shot into the top of the net midway through the first half as the Hornets regained the lead at 2-1. Again, Koval answered, her goal in the 34th minute leaving the two sides even going into halftime.
And there it would stay, despite a week's worth of scoring chances. First CBA controlled the ball in the second half, and then F-M got a series of pushes. None of them worked, even with 20 minutes of overtime, as Courtney Henderson made 12 saves and Hornets counterpart Nina Quigley had 13 saves. Both goalies made high-risk charges for stops, and they proved successful.