Sometimes a strong reputation can trump any other consideration.
When the first state Class B girls soccer rankings were released at the end of September, Marcellus held the top spot – even though it had lost to no. 9-ranked Skaneateles less than a week earlier.
But that 1-0 defeat on Sept. 23 did serve as a reminder to Marcellus that it had to bring its best game, regardless of the opposition. One-sided victories over Hannibal and Red Creek by a total margin of 21-3 proved that the lesson had taken hold.
And so did last Monday night’s easy 9-1 victory over Jordan-Elbridge, where the Mustangs rolled to a 3-0 edge by halftime and put up double that number in the second half, even though Brienna Fabrize scored on a free kick for the Eagles.
Jada Sargeant had her best showing yet, the sophomore pouring in four goals, two of them on well-placed headers, while Brielle Filtch scored twice. Shannon Donahue, Karen Cramer and Molly Tice had the other goals, with Madi Belvito putting up three assists. Filtch joined Emma Blystone, Mia Montreal and Nicole Dillon with one assist apiece.
As if that wasn’t dominant enough, Marcellus took apart Solvay two nights later, again getting well into double digits in a 12-1 romp over the Bearcats.
Other than Chelsie Delperuto’s goal on a second-half free kick, it proved a Mustang showcase, especially for Filtch, who piled up four goals and one assist before it was done.
Belvito had two goals and one assist, while Blystone, Tice, Laura Dailey, Bri Sammon, Molly MacLachlan and Keelin Kelly notched single goals. Sargeant, Nellie Ramsden and Meghan Witkowski joined Blystone and MacLachlan in the assist column.
It expected to be a lot tougher for the Mustangs in Saturday’s game against visiting Cazenovia, who had just upended Skaneateles 2-1 two days earlier. But steady pressure, and strong finishes from a well-balanced attack, produced a 4-0 shutout over that other group of Lakers.