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Nye nets goals as Mustangs blank Westhill

On the last Monday night of the regular season, the Marcellus and Westhill soccer teams got together - and both schools would claim wins by the exact same margin.

The girls match-up, featuring two sides that have long battled for both OHSL Liberty division and Class B supremacy, saw the Mustangs defend its home turf and beat the Warriors 2-0 to stay unbeaten within the league. And it didn't take long for Marcellus to move out in front.

With the game less than 90 seconds old, Jessie Nye fought her way into the middle with the ball, eased past the Warrior defenders and flung a shot past Westhill goalie Gwen Dougherty into the left side of the net.

That would be the lone tally of the first half. Here, and for the rest of the night, Marcellus (who beat Westhill 2-1 in their first encounter on Sept. 23) was close to perfect on the defensive side as Annie Dailey, Jessie Manahan and Emily Pawliewicz interrupted each of the Warriors' runs long before goalie Sophie Jackson had to worry.

Just before the half, the Mustangs nearly extended its lead, Nye poking the ball past Dougherty, only to see Westhill defender Allie Bush scramble back and kick the ball out of danger just before it crossed the goal line.

As the second half started, Sam Peebles replaced Dougherty in the net, and handled most of her early chances. But in the 53rd minute, when Peebles could not get a firm grip on Kathryn Busa's short, Nicole Dorio grabbed the rebound and hit a shot that glanced off Peebles' hands into the net for the insurance goal.

That would be all, and though the Mustangs had several more chances to convert, it didn't need anything more as Westhill, aside from the occasional corner or free kick, was kept quiet.

Three nights later, the Mustangs wrapped up an undefeated run through the OHSL Liberty division, as a big second half produced a 4-1 victory over Cazenovia.

Thanks to Kristie Kleine's goal, the Lakers played the Mustangs to a 1-1 first-half stalemate. All that changed after the break, though, as the Mustangs' depth and pressure led to three unanswered goals.

Nye, who scored twice, and Kathryn Busa, who earned one goal and one assist, led the way as Becca Nolan earned the other goal. Dorio and Lizzy Dean earned one assist apiece.

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