Less than a week before the Section III Class B playoffs were to start, the Marcellus and Westhill girls soccer teams would meet once more, giving each other a full litmus test on the Mustangs' Senior Night.
Of course, both teams had to make it through the preliminaries first, and state Class B no. 3-ranked Marcellus, playing on back-to-back nights, went to Phoenix last Wednesday and scored 11 goals in the first half on the way to a 13-1 romp over the Firebirds.
Jada Sargeant picked up three goals and one assist to lead the charge, while Laura Dailey, Sarah Sotelo and Karen Cramer each scored twice, Cramer adding an assist. Madi Belvito had a goal and two assists as Emme Blystone, Molly Tice and Jackie Madden also got goals. Keelin Kelly added two assists, with single assists credited to Brielle Filtch and Abby Fallon.
Marcellus would not get anywhere near that sort of production in Thursday night’s game at Bishop Ludden, but the Mustangs still had moments of magic in a 6-0 shutout of the Gaelic Knights.
In particular, Molly MacLachlan offered a gem late in the first half. With the Mustangs already up 1-0 thanks to Belvito’s goal, MacLachlan lined up a free kick from the left side. From 25 yards out, her hard, bending shot eluded Ludden goalie Gemma O’Kane, hit the right post and bounced into the net.
That gave Marcellus a 2-0 halftime edge, but it would keep adding to the total in the second half as MacLachlan tacked on a second goal and Filtch found the net twice. Sargeant contributed a goal as Blystone and Jordin Wentworth picked up assists.
Westhill, now with the no. 12 state Class B ranking, hosted Solvay last Tuesday night, and a dominant first half made all the difference as the Warriors beat the Bearcats 5-2.