Baldwinsville Twice in the last three seasons, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team has battled its way to the state Class AA final four, only to fall two victories short of the ultimate summit.
No doubt, head coach Kathy Morse’s Bees want to take those last steps in 2011, and B’ville showed its all-around ability by sweeping through its own Kickoff Classic last weekend at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
From last year’s 18-2 squad that fell to Massapequa 2-1 in the state semifinals, the Bees saw seven seniors depart, including the likes of Amanda Ingersoll, Alexis Czyz, Katie Sullivan and Erin Ward.
However, the returning cast includes the dynamic sister tandem of senior Jackie Firenze and junior Emma Firenze. Their presence, combined with the likes of Angelica Romeu, Claire Monnat, Stephanie Lynch and Maggie Monnat, give Bees partisans plenty of reason to think that more glory lies ahead.
Originally, B’ville was to open against Liverpool last Wednesday night at home, but the two-plus inches of rain and a fear of ruining the main Pelcher-Arcaro grass led to a postponement.
So the Bees’ opener was Friday, in the first day of the Kickoff Classic, where it steadily wore down Rochester Mercy (Section V) and claimed a 2-0 victory.
With Mercy’s defense swarming on the Firenze sisters, B’ville kept patient and, eventually, found scoring chances. It got one goal in each half as Claire Monnat and Taryn Guinta got credit for those tallies. B’ville’s defense got plenty of attention, took as Lynch and Maggie Monnat combined for 12 saves.
In the same event, John Jay, from Section I (who beat B’ville in the 2008 state semifinals) beat Cicero-North Syracuse 1-0. Now the two local sides reversed opponents for Saturday afternoon’s tournament conclusion.
CNS lost again, 5-3, to Mercy, but B’ville would prevail again, edging past John Jay 2-1. Bottled up again, Emma Firenze finally broke open for one of the Bees’ goals. Claire Monnat got the other, with Maggie Monnat (not in goal this time) added an assist. Lynch spent the whole game in goal and was sensational, recording 10 saves.
For its CNY Counties League opener Monday night, B’ville visited Fayetteville-Manlius on the Hornets’ brand-new artificial turf field, which replaces the Swand Pond as F-M’s home surface.