A colorful celebration of the West Genesee boys soccer program's revival, and the role 10 seniors played in it, only lacked a happy ending for the home side - something for which Baldwinsville bears full responsibility.
With an aggressive attack that kept on producing good scoring chances and converted enough of them into goals, the Bees beat the Wildcats 4-2 Tuesday night, just the latest happy trip B'ville has made to Camillus.
Each of the last three years that the Bees have won the Section III Class AA championship, it did so in games at West Genesee - though those were played on the artificial turf field, while this contest took place on the larger natural grass field that is WG's regular home surface.
Before anyone got started, though, WG got a chance to pay tribute to its 10 seniors. Head coach Al Loucks offered praise to each of them - Kyle Fitzpatrick, Cody Faulkner, Logan Dirk, Jake Levine, Anthony Payne, Kyle Golinski, Jon Fetterolf, Kevin Jock, Bojan Topalovic and Brendan Whiting. They all got to start, too, and managed to keep the potent Bees off the board before the starters got mixed in.
One of those starters, Jake Sutherland, got the large home crowd roaring in the 13th minute when he took a pass from Stefanos Stamoulacatos, dribbled up the net and ripped a shot past Andrew Coughlin into the left side of the net, giving WG a 1-0 lead.
From there, though, the Wildcats' attack went quiet for most of the rest of the half, allowing B'ville to settle in and start making a round of attacks. When, in the 34th minute, Casey Murphy got fouled inside the 18-yard box, Murphy took the penalty kick - and beat a diving Dylan Condon to tie it 1-1, where it stayed until halftime.