Ten months have passed since the Baldwinsville girls soccer team, a top seed and favored to repeat as Section III Class AA champions, took a stunning 1-0 defeat to Auburn in the sectional playoff quarterfinals.
Much of the Bees' time since that loss has been spent working to make sure it didn't happen again, and the mission for redemption is already quite apparent.
B'ville opened against Central Square Wednesday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. Ignoring the high winds and rain, the Bees pounded the Red Hawks in an 8-0 romp.
All that Central Square could manage on this night was a single shot. B'ville steadily attacked -- and steadily found the net, too, gaining a 5-0 edge by halftime and not letting up.
Erin Ward produced a three-goal hat trick, while Emma Firenze led in points, scoring twice and adding a pair of assists. Claire Monnat also had two goals, with Amanda Ingersoll contributing one goal and one assist. Angelica Romeu had two assists and Maggie Monnat picked up an assist, too.
On the boys side, B'ville blanked Central Square, 6-0, as Ben Ramin led with two goals and one assist. If the Bees can defeat Vestal Saturday at the CNY Sports Center on Jones Road, head coach Tim Scheemaker will have his 200th career victory.