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.