Season after season, the Marcellus girls soccer team aims for the same high marks, from league to Section III to state Class B honors. And the 2013 Mustangs appear well on its way to another serious championship push, if the early results are any indication.
Back on Aug. 30, Marcellus opened at home against Solvay, and unleashed sophomore Madison Belvito in a big way as she led the Mustangs to a 7-1 romp over the Bearcats.
Belvito, who was a top scorer for head coach Laurie Updike as Marcellus won last year’s sectional Class B title, was part of a first-half explosion, the Mustangs tagging Solvay for six unanswered goals to resolve matters early.
When she wasn’t scoring twice, Belvito was drawing in Bearcats defenders, and then passing off to open teammates for more tallies as she posted a career-best four assists.
Jada Sargeant also had two goals, while Brielle Filtch managed one goal and one assist. Molly MacLachlan had the other tally, while Emma Blystone and Molly Tice also picked up assists.
Nicole Antonacci notched Solvay’s lone goal in the second half, but Marcellus took 26 shots to the Bearcats’ four.
Somehow, Marcellus improved on those gaudy numbers in last Tuesday’s game against Phoenix, crushing the Firebirds 12-0 as it scored 10 times in the first half alone and added two more even though all of the starters were gone in the second half.
Here, the scoring was spread out. Sargeant found the net three times, while Clare Manahan and Karen Cramer each scored twice. Belvito had a goal and assist, as did Sarah Sotelo, with Blystone, Shannon Donahue and Bri Sammon gettine one goal apiece. Jordin Wentworth had a career-best three assists.
The Mustangs made it 3-0 on Thursday night, blanking Bishop Ludden 5-0 as it notched all of its goals in the first half against Gaelic Knights keeper Gemma O’Kane, who made nine saves.