Baldwinsville senior forward Jake Gentile (2) sprints toward the ball, chased by a Guilderland defender, in last Saturday’s Class AA regional final at Colonie High School, where the Bees lost, 2-1, in overtime to the Dutchmen.
Scheemaker said he was surprised by the way his team reacted to the play as it unfolded, especially since B’ville had been on a six-game shutout streak entering Saturday's regional.
"There was no reason for that goal to be scored," said Scheemaker. "We just stood around and watched it happen."
The Bees didn't pull even until the 64th minute, and it too was off a corner kick. The ball came out to Braden Miles, who launched a long shot that bounced off Guilderland goaltender Kedrick Weeden's hands. Defender Connor Ross was there to knock the rebound in to tie the score at 1-1.
"We don't go to the net well, but he's one of the few that does go to goal," Scheemaker said of Ross.
Guilderland slowly took control of the game after Ross' goal, and it resulted in Connolly's tally with 10:57 left in the first 15-minute overtime period.
Guilderland advanced to Saturday's state semifinal against Section V champion Fairport in Middletown. As for B”ville, the goal will be replacing five senior starters from this year's team - Miles, Jake Gentile, Connor Lunduski, Jeff Mahar and Ryan Mulligan.