Oct 14, 2013 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
West Genesee’s girls soccer team still had a good chance to earn the CNY Counties League American division regular-season title – at least until Auburn intervened.
The Maroons came to Camillus last Tuesday night and beat the Wildcats, 2-1, in a game that featured a fast start from the visitors and a tremendous effort in goal from Ally Nicolisi.
Even though WG had most of the possession time in the first half, it still couldn’t get the ball in the net, and while they did, Auburn capitalized on its chances, getting goals from Lily Krause and Michaela Breeze to seize a 2-0 edge.
Not giving up, the Wildcats got on the board in the second half with Haley Dwyer’s goal, assisted by Calyn Negus. Yet every other opportunity got swallowed up as Nicolisi stopped 16 of the 17 shots she faced to preserve her team’s win. WG’s goalies, Rebecca Rothenberg and Angela Ponto, split time and had six saves apiece.
Still at home on Thursday night, WG got a second shot at defending Section III Class AA champion Liverpool, and while it was closer this time around, the Wildcats still lost 2-1 to the Warriors.
Having lost 3-1 to Liverpool in their first meeting on Sept. 13, WG quickly found itself trailing again thanks to Logan Rubio’s goal at the eight-minute mark. But a stout Wildcat defense made sure that the Warriors did not add to that margin the rest of the first half.
It was still 1-0 when, midway through the second half, a long pass from Rubio sprung Ore Akinpelu loose, and she dribbled from midfield all the way to the net, getting around a defender and then getting around Rothenberg before putting the ball in an open net.
Two minutes later, Dwyer, off a pass from Melissa Fumano, answered with a 25-yard shot that found the net, reducing the margin to one, but while it got sporadic chances in the remaining 18-plus minutes, WG could not quite catch up.
Meanwhile, WG’s boys soccer team, who entered the week with a 5-5-2 mark, had to go face state-ranked Cicero-North Syracuse last Tuesday night, dropping a 4-0 decision to the Northstars.
Though Tim Fletcher made 14 saves and mostly kept C-NS off the board in the first half, he could not prevent the Northstars from getting away thanks to a trio of second-half goals.
Liam McDonnell, Pete Girardi, Lucas Roberts and Justin Perkins each had one goal, and none of WG’s six shots got past C-NS goalie Morgan Miller.
Back home on Thursday night, the Wildcats would defeat Central Square 3-1, inching in front during the first half and doubling that margin in the latter stages despite a goal from the Red Hawks’ Jon Cimilucca.
Paul Masello, Michael Apenteng and Jake Fox each took turns notching goals for WG, with Austin Graham and Luis Delasota picking up assists. Central Square goalie Zach Reed made 11 saves to keep the game close for a while.
But the Wildcats took a 2-0 loss to defending Class B champion Westhill on Saturday night, both goals coming in the first half as Fletcher, in defeat, had 11 saves. Matt Torak and Mike Parasczak scored for the 13-1 Warriors.
To complete its regular season, WG’s boys would host Henninger Wednesday night, one day after the girls Wildcats paid a visit to Baldwinsville before it awaits its Section III Class AA playoff fate.