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Bees eliminated by F-M in semifinal shoot-out

Defeat echoes 2011 semifinal loss as top seed

Baldwinsville senior forward Cassidy Bruen (1) battles for the ball with Fayetteville-Manlius’ Alexa Restante (2) in last Tuesday night’s Class AA semifinal. Though Bruen converted a penalty kick in the decisive shoot-out after a 1-1 draw, the Bees still fell to the Hornets.

Baldwinsville senior forward Cassidy Bruen (1) battles for the ball with Fayetteville-Manlius’ Alexa Restante (2) in last Tuesday night’s Class AA semifinal. Though Bruen converted a penalty kick in the decisive shoot-out after a 1-1 draw, the Bees still fell to the Hornets. Scott Schild

Bruen also had a look midway through the first of the sudden-victory period, firing a hard shot that Quigley had to come way out of her net to catch, preserving the tie and setting up the five rounds of penalty kicks to decide it.

Only five rounds were not enough. Going first in each round, B’ville’s quintet of Firenze, Bruen, Hailey Couchman, Tiana Coon and Erin Nagle all beat Quigley. But F-M made its five shots, too, as Hall, Muraco, Katherine Millet, Emily Murray and Katie Randall all converted.

A break came just before the sixth round, another sudden-victory portion. Taryn Guinta was up for the Bees, but Quigley anticipated the move and stopped it cleanly.

Now it was up to Restante, who had scored that lone F-M goal more than two hours earlier. Without much hesitation, she flung a shot past a diving Hingre, and B’ville’s season was over.

The Bees went 13-3, and now watch as Firenze joins her older sister, Jackie at Syracuse University, while Bruen is headed for St. Bonaventure.

Guinta, Lily VandeValk, Morgan Marshall and Alyssa Tretowicz also depart, but Hingre, Coon, Couchman, Nagle, Isabella May, Jada Sargeant and Jade Gentile lead a strong returning cast for 2013.

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