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Liverpool, CBA to square off for girls soccer AA title

Warriors edge West Genny; Brothers shock B'ville

— Two results - one expected, the other quite unexpected - marked Wednesday night's Section III Class AA semifinals at Nottingham High School.

Baldwinsville, the top seed and defending champions, suffered a 2-0 defeat to no. 4 seed Christian Brothers Academy, while no. 2 seed Liverpool did fight off the challenge of no. 6 seed West Genesee in a 1-0 decision.

Even though it had that no. 1 seed, B'ville was not a team at full strength. Season-ending injuries to Claire Monnat and Stephanie Lynch had drained the Bees of some of its depth, something that may have proved costly against a CBA side that rarely used substitutions from its starting 11.

Still, B'ville waged an all-out attack in the early going, testing the Brothers' defenses. Somehow, back-line players like Gabby Carni, Aexa Radziewicz, Chloe Germain, Ariana Cavallaro and Jasmine Ehrich kept getting in front of the likes of Emma Firenze and Angelica Romeu, rarely giving them space near the net.

Also, CBA goalkeeper Lindsey Evans, who had replaced an injured Courtney Henderson in mid-season, stayed cool, keeping shots in front of her and deflecting the tougher ones wide. Her save on Firenze's low shot midway through the second half was the best of her 11 stops.

By that point, the Brothers had a 1-0 lead. Early in the second half, Eva Gordon, on a counterattack, streaked toward the net and was fouled inside the 18-yard box. CBA got a penalty kick, which Michelle Wiese deposited into the left side of the net.

B'ville could not pull even, and with 13:10 left, CBA got a free kick. From 35 yards out, Gordon faked a shot, and Wiese followed with a crushing drive into the top left side of the net that Bees goalie Maggie Monnat had no chance to stop.

With that, plus more strong defense in the homestretch, CBA moved into the AA final - where another big challenge awaits from Liverpool, who controlled matters with West Genesee much more than the 1-0 margin would indicate.

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LEDO 2 years, 5 months ago

Mr. Blackwell, Baldwinsville went 11-1 after the Sept.20th 3:30 pm game.I guess what youre thinking is that if the 2 players didnt get hurt theyd be in the finals....... saying 2 players makes Baldwinsville a complete team and the 2 replacement players had nothing to do with Baldwinsville going 11-1 after Sept.20th 3:30pm game.Heres a thought.....the one lost to Liverpool,Baldwinsville had a 2-0 lead at halftime without the 1 player with season ending injury.They were winning and Baldwinsville;as you put it " was stunned" in the second half to lose the game.Just wondering why didnt you mention in your article... "B'ville was not a team at full strength and Season-ending injury to Claire Monnat had drained the Bees of some of its depth," So its safe to say you didnt think it was a factor in the lost so why now?remember (11-1) as Liverpool was MUCH STRONGER in the second half then Baldwinsville.The notion that the 2 injuries played a roll in the lost to CBA hold no water as per your own journalism....The reason for the date...Sept.20th 3:30pm is the game CLAIRE MONNAT substain the season ending injury.Two players from Liverpool were also injured with one returning to the game and the other was out of play for a month.My opinion is to put blame for the 3 injuries(1 season ending) during that game on Baldwinsville A.D. dept. and the Head coach for not rescheduling the Sept. 7th to a better date then the one Baldwinsville picked.The home team had a few open dates so that the STUDENT-ATHLETE WOULD HAVE MORE TIME TO WARMUP FOR THE GAME INSTEAD OF LEAVING SCHOOL AND WALKING ON A FIELD TO PLAY A VERY TOUGH GAME..SHAME ON BALDWINSVILLE FOR NOT SETTING A BETTER DATE FOR ALL INVOLVED INSTEAD OF PERSONAL GLORY.Next time remember the safely of both teams.Sorry to see players getting hurt from someones bad decision.Thats my opinion.

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