During those first 40 minutes, Westhill toyed with Solvay’s defense and steadily worked its way to a 4-0 advantage, led by Lindsey Lippert and Jayanna Monds, as both of them would score a pair of goals by game’s end.
That, combined with Grace Powers’ goal, proved enough, even as Chelsie Delperuto twice found the net for the Bearcats in the second half to make it a bit closer.
From there, the Warriors ventured to Phoenix on Thursday afternoon, and it dominated the match from start to finish, as the 4-0 margin over the Firebirds proved a bit deceptive.
Brianna Squier, Phoenix’s goalie, made 22 saves to keep it from getting out of hand. Still, Westhill scored twice in each half as Kaelan Smith notched a pair of goals, with Monds and Lindsey Lippert earning the others. Powers and Kelly Lippert found their way to the assist column.
Jordan-Elbridge lost, 3-1, to state Class C no. 5-ranked Bishop Grimes on Wednesday night. Despite Alexis Fietta’s goal and Leah Wright’s 15 saves, the Eagles could not keep up with the Cobras as Kennedy Yearby scored twice and Toni Laneve had two assists.
But the Eagles rebounded Thursday for a 4-3 victory over the combined Syracuse city squad, inching in front 2-1 by halftime and matching Syracuse’s total the rest of the way, in large part due to the work of Alexis Rouse.
By the time she was done, Rouse had earned a three-goal hat trick, while Julie Hines picked up the other goal. Emmie Alessandro found the net twice in Syracuse’s effort.
The Eagles’ 1-2 week concluded with a 3-2 defeat to Hannibal, where it surged to a 2-1 halftime lead thanks to a pair of goals from Rouse, but could not hang on as Brittany Donohue, completing a hat trick, found the net twice in the second half, overcoming Wright’s nine saves.
Solvay, meanwhile, followed Marcellus and Westhill in beating Phoenix during this busy week, in this case a 7-2 romp that included five unanswered goals in a decisive first half that helped the Bearcats inch closer to a playoff berth.
Delperuto led the way again with three goals and one assist, while Nicole Antonacci and Abi Guinta both scored twice. Kelly Nolan joined Antonacci in the assist column.