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Soccer Mustangs rally, top Westhill in overtime

Busa nets game-winning goal with 40.5 seconds left

Marcellus senior captain Kathryn Busa (17) launches the game-winning shot in the final minute of the second overtime of last Monday night’s game against Westhill, where the Mustangs prevailed 2-1.

Marcellus senior captain Kathryn Busa (17) launches the game-winning shot in the final minute of the second overtime of last Monday night’s game against Westhill, where the Mustangs prevailed 2-1.

— Energized by that goal, the Mustangs controlled the flow of play through the rest of regulation and the first 10-minute overtime period. Now it was the Warriors on the defensive, and it turned away all of the Marcellus attacks.

With three minutes left in the second OT, Westhill nearly went back in front, as Emily Mizer tore down the left side, past all the Mustangs' defenders, and had an open shot, only to push it wide.

This set up Marcellus' last-minute heroics. In a play eerily similar to the first Mustang goal, Jackie Epp found space on the right side, building up speed before she passed to the middle. Busa got it just before Peebles could react, and fit a shot that tucked just inside the left post.

Updike said the fact that Busa got the game-winner was "poetic justice", but added that it was also a tribute to the Mustangs' collective effort. She said her team played much more like it wanted, as compared to the first meeting with Westhill.

Adding to the high emotions of the night were the tributes Marcellus offered to fallen Phoenix football player Ridge Barden, using gthe school's orange-and-black colors. Updike wore an orange Phoenix hat, and the players added orange-and-black stripes to their white socks. Choroser also donned an orange goalie jersey.

Both sides would win on Wednesday in wildly varying ways. Westhill had to rally past Cazenovia 2-1, while Marcellus ripped past Jordan-Elbridge 7-0.

Perhaps still reeling from what happened at Marcellus, the Warriors struggled in the first half against the same Cazenovia side it had beaten 4-0 just six days earlier.

The Warriors trailed, 1-0, at the break, thanks to Kristi Kleine’s goal. But the defense tightened, and Lindsay Lippert led a comeback, getting one goal and assisting on the other, by Kelly Ristoff. Brenna Rainone assisted on Lippert’s scoring play.

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