Marcellus Somehow, someway, girls soccer games between Marcellus and Westhill turn out to be memorable occasions, and Wednesday night's clash proved no different.
Both teams led, both teams blew their leads, and that combined with changing weather elements and strange occurrences, made the 2-2 draw between the Mustangs and Warriors compelling theater again.
Marcellus carried a 14-1 record and state Class B no. 3 ranking into its regular-season finale, while Westhill, at 11-1-2, held the no. 11 state ranking.
That lone Warrior defeat had come to the Mustangs back on Sept. 10, a 2-0 decision made memorable by Westhill goalie Sam Peebles, whose spectacular 19-save effort kept Marcellus from an even more lopsided victory.
Now they were at it again. Since it was Senior Night for Marcellus, head coach Laurie Updike started 11 of them, and they kept the game 0-0 for the first 20 minutes, including a save by goalie Lauren Soule before Maggie Fiacchi and Emily Buschbascher went the rest of the way.
But it was Peebles, again, that snared the spotlight late in the first half, first by sliding to handle Brielle Filtch's chance in the 33rd minute, and even more so with 2:10 left in the half when she prevented Filtch from dribbling around her to an open net with a tackle.
That forced a penalty kick, and Peebles, guessing correctly, dove to her left to stop Filtch's shot, and watched the rebound fly over the net, keeping it 0-0 going into halftime.
Energized by that stop, and picking up a wind advantage at the start of the second half, the Warriors organized some runs, and 3:30 into the half Jayanna Monds fed a low cross from the right side that Tatiana Monds flicked past Buschbascher just inside the left post, putting Westhill up 1-0.
Through much of the rest of regulation, Westhill's defense, led by Shelby Stack, Sam Toscano, Brianna Helfeld and Kelly Lippert, did a tremendous job protecting that slim margin, breaking up all kinds of Marcellus attacks with deflections before Peebles, who finished with eight saves, could get threatened.