A deep run for the Cazenovia girls soccer team in the Section III Class B playoffs hinged entirely on pulling off, arguably, the biggest upset in the program’s history.
So the no. 7 seed Lakers went after no. 2 seed and defending champion Marcellus Thursday night in the Class B quarterfinals, but just could not break through against the Mustangs, taking a 4-0 defeat to complete its season with a record of 13-4.
Just getting a shot at Marcellus required the Lakers to defend its home field against no. 10 seed Solvay in last Tuesday night’s opening-round game at the Sean Googin Sports Complex.
Cazenovia beat the Bearcats 6-0, but it wasn’t that lopsided in the first half. In fact, the game was still scoreless when, in the 19th minute, Abbie McEntee headed a free kick toward Audrey Burbidge, who put away the game’s first goal.
As it turned out, the Lakers gained a lot of momentum from its defensive work late in the half, when Solvay went all-out and forced a trio of corner kicks, unable to convert any of them as Brandy Pidkaminy also just missed the net before they went to the break.
Scared straight, Cazenovia went out and, just 26 seconds into the second half, saw Burbidge’s shot bounce off the hands of Solvay goalie Chelsie Delperuto into the net to make it 2-0.
Within three minutes, it was 3-0, Clare Costello converting off another mishandled shot, and a handball inside the 18-yard box led to Lauren Mapstone’s successful penalty kick.
That eight-minute spurt gave the Lakers a 4-0 edge that proved insurmountable, though Isabella Quattrone and eighth-grader Jamie Joseph both added late goals.
Joseph, who had started several games in goal when Maggie Johnson was out with an injury, was back in the field as Johnson pitched a shutout, stopping all five shots she faced.