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Girls soccer Mustangs blank Skaneateles, Caz

Westhill fights past Bishop Ludden, Solvay to keep pace

Marcellus defender Shannon Donahue (6) closes in on Skaneateles’ Molly Wood (18) during last Tuesday’s game. Donahue and the state Class B no. 3-ranked Mustangs’ back line was nearly flawless in back-to-back shutouts over Skaneateles and Cazenovia last week.

Marcellus defender Shannon Donahue (6) closes in on Skaneateles’ Molly Wood (18) during last Tuesday’s game. Donahue and the state Class B no. 3-ranked Mustangs’ back line was nearly flawless in back-to-back shutouts over Skaneateles and Cazenovia last week. Frank Witkowski

Protecting the no. 3 state Class B ranking (behind only Schalmont and Oneonta), the Marcellus girls soccer team is not letting up as it charges into October.

The Mustangs proved this again in last Tuesday night’s 3-0 victory over Skaneateles, applying relentless pressure to pull away from the rival Lakers.

Midway through the first half, Marcellus seized a 1-0 lead when Madison Belvito fed a pass to the far post, where Lexy Bird headed it home. During a scramble in the 28th minute, Skaneateles goalie Mary Buck could not hold on as Jordan Wentworth, off a feed from Abby Fallon, made it 2-0.

Clare Manahan iced it with a second-half goal, assisted by Nellie Ramsden. And the Mustangs’ defense did the rest, limiting Skaneateles to a handful of chances as Margaret Choroser gained four saves.

Just as impressive, in a way, was what the Mustangs did Friday night, going to Cazenovia and, under the new lights at the Sean Googin Sports Complex, piecing together a 2-0 shutout of those other Lakers.

From start to finish, the Mustangs’ defense was sensational. The back line of Makenzie Felicia, Meghan Witkowski and Shannon Donahue never let the Lakers’ star forward, Kristie Klein, find any open space, and Choroser again only had to make four saves.

Filtch, meanwhile, solved Cazenovia’s goalie, Jamie Enders, who finished with nine saves. Not only did Filtch earn a goal, she assisted on Belvito’s tally as Molly MacLachlan got the assist when Filtch scored.

Westhill stepped out of league play last Monday night to face Carthage, and had to work hard for a 1-0 victory over the Comets.

Maggie Tripodi earned the game’s only goal in the first half, assisted by Emily Mizer. Westhill could get nothing else past Carthage goalie Haley Ryan, who finished with 12 saves, but the Comets were effectively shut down, too, unable to equalize.

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