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Girls soccer Mustangs top Westhill, win Class B title

Marcellus rallies after Warriors lead early in second half

Marcellus girls soccer players celebrate after defeating Westhill 3-1 in Friday night's Section III Class B championship game at SUNY-Cortland. The Mustangs trailed 1-0 in the second half before getting three unanswered goals in the game's latter stages to earn a fourth consecutive sectional title.

Marcellus girls soccer players celebrate after defeating Westhill 3-1 in Friday night's Section III Class B championship game at SUNY-Cortland. The Mustangs trailed 1-0 in the second half before getting three unanswered goals in the game's latter stages to earn a fourth consecutive sectional title. Frank Witkowski

That, however, would be the Warriors' last great scoring chance. Dwyer said her team did not respond well, while Updike pointed out that her team had gone through the same thing the last time they played Westhill on Oct. 16, trailing by a goal in the second half before salvaging a 2-2 draw.

Drawing on that experience, the Mustangs pulled even in the 58th minute as Jada Sargeant, taking a pass from the right corner by Madi Belvito, ripped a shot that Peebles had no chance to stop, tying it 1-1.

Then, with 19:21 left, one of those Mustangs seniors, Jordin Wentworth, was injured in a collision in front of the Westhill net. The game halted as, for more than 20 minutes, Wentworth was attended to, eventually taken away in a stretcher.

During the long break, said Filtch, all the players rallied around a desire to win for their fallen teammate – and that’s exactly what happened.

Marcellus resumed its all-out attack, and with 13:02 to play, Filtch, again taking a deft pass from Belvito, drilled a low shot just inside the left post, past a diving Peebles.

Not content with a 2-1 lead, the Mustangs continued applying pressure, and clinched it when Sargeant, like Belvito a sophomore, fired a curving shot into the net for her second goal of the night.

Marcellus now advances to face Section II champion Schalmont Tuesday at 4:30 at Stillwater High School in the first round of the regional playoffs. The Mustangs lost to Schalmont 2-1 in this same round a year ago at Fulton Stadium.

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