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Soccer tournament sees WG girls improve to 4-0

Wildcats handle Auburn, Westhill; Ludden takes third

— As an early-season treat for local girls soccer fans, highly-regarded teams from West Genesee, Westhill and Bishop Ludden joined Auburn for a two-day tournament co-hosted by the Warriors and Wildcats.

They started out at Westhill Friday afternoon, where WG took on Auburn for the first of two regular-season encounters. It turned into a showcase for Erica Geremia as the Wildcats blanked the Maroons 3-0.

All that Geremia did was record a hat trick – two goals in the first half, a third tally in the second half. Becky Brien assisted on one of those scoring plays as WG finished with 13 shots, and its defense held Auburn to three.

Then Westhill hosted its neighbors from Ludden, a team unbeaten in the 2010 regular season (15-0-1) before falling to eventual state finalist Sauquoit Valley in the Section III Class C semifinals.

But it was the exact same result, the Warriors prevailing 3-0, though through different means. All of the Warriors’ goals came in the first half. Kelly Ristoff, Lindsay Lippert and Maggie Tripodi took turns finding the net, while Brenna Rainone picked up an assist.

On Saturday, the action moved to Camillus, where WG and Westhill squared off for the first-place trophy. A big first half made the difference for the Wildcats as it defeated the Warriors 3-1.

Before Westhill could settle down in the late going, WG had all the offense it needed, gaining a quick 2-0 edge. Geremia managed one goal and one assist this time, while Melissa Fumano and Brianna Corcoran also scored. Brien got an assist. Tripodi had Westhill’s lone tally in the second half.

This followed Ludden edging Auburn 1-0 in the consolation game, the difference coming when Shelby Hunter notched an unassisted goal in the second half. The Gaelic Knights’ defense kept the Maroons off the board, Shelby Hunter stopping all 10 shots she faced.

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