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Solvay girls soccer rips Westhill, J-E

Needing an impressive effort to bolster itself before going into the Section III Class B playoffs, the Solvay girls soccer team got it Wednesday when it went to Westhill and, with a big second half, earned a 4-1 victory over the Warriors.

In doing so, the Bearcats avenged a 2-1 defeat to Westhill on Sept. 27 where Maggie Tripodi's goal late in regulation made the difference.

Here, it was Solvay getting the 1-0 lead in the first half. And instead of giving it back, the Bearcats added to that margin in the late going, aided by a series of Warrior defensive breakdowns.

Alexis Bandera led that late push and finished with two goals. Mickenzie Moore and Loren Lucio also scored, with Tessa Pucellon contributing an assist.

Loren Hunter, Gabby Santoferrara, Gina Venuti, Tiffney Guinta and the rest of Solvay's back line did a good job protecting that lead, only allowing Ashley Cianfriglia's second-half tally from the Westhill side. Chelsea Root had nine saves, with Warrior goalie Sam Peebles getting 11 saves.

Solvay had hinted at this kind of performance Monday when it went to Jordan-Elbridge and put together a 6-1 victory over the Eagles.

Again leading her team's push, Bandera gave the Bearcats three goals and one assist, while Moore found the net twice. Pucello earned the other goal as Anna Salvagno and Rachel Peterson each earned two assists. Hunter also got an assist.

Up 3-1 by halftime, the Bearcats gave up nothing after Alexis Rouse scored early for J-E, with Ella Thorpe getting the assist. Combined, Eagles goalies Kaylee Olmstead and Kathryn Stevenson put up 15 saves.

To close out the regular season, Solvay (9-6-1) blanked Phoenix 4-0 on Friday afternoon, with Bandera taking over as she notched all four of the Bearcats' goals. Pucello and Sara Fonda got credit for assists.

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