F-M, CBA soccer joins up for fund-raiser

Thousands raised as Hornets sweep Brothers

— Just as in 2010, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy soccer teams teamed up for a Saturday doubleheader to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

The venue changed, as they went to CBA’s Alibrandi Stadium after the inaugural event was held at Swan Pond. But the “Kick For A Cure” event raised thousands for breast cancer research through the sale of hundreds of pink T-shirts at the two schools.

For the games, there were also special jerseys, as F-M wore black shirt with pink numbers and CBA donned white shirts with pink numbers, all of them sporting the “Kick For A Cure” logo.

As to the results, they both went in the Hornets’ favor – 1-0 in the boys game, 2-1 in the girls game, with lots of drama contained within.

Though missing some starters in the lineup (including Alex Baynes and Paul Kwoyelo), F-M had plenty of chances in the first half, but could not get it past CBA goalie Kevin Bailey. Just the same, the Brothers’ Manny Collins had several runs to the net without converting.

So they went to the second half 0-0. In the 51st minute, Bailey went out to play a long cross, but fumbled the ball just long enough so that F-M’s Haile Marr could poke it away and hit it into the unoccupied net.

F-M protected that one-goal margin the rest of the way as play turned more physical – in fact, Collins and George Dise both would leave the game with injuries. Maybe CBA’s best chance came from Andrew DePerro, who had a close-up chance with 2:20 left, but hit it just wide left. Kevin Chapman stopped all eight shots he faces, while Bailey earned 11 saves.

Then it was the girls turn, and this time CBA got on the board, inching ahead 1-0 in the first half as the Hornets, playing for the third time in five days, appeared a bit weary.

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