Furious at the way it got run over in a 3-0 non-league defeat at Jamesville-DeWitt on Sept. 19, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team sat on that fury for nearly a week.
And when the Bees returned to action last Tuesday night against visiting West Genesee at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, it was primed for a dominant effort, and got it as Jake Gentile and Connor Lunduski led a 4-0 shutout over the Wildcats.
Coming off a 5-0 defeat to Fayetteville-Manlius on Sept. 21, WG went from facing the state’s no. 2-ranked Class AA side to a foe that, at its best, could be just as good as the Hornets.
By the time they reached the half, B’ville already had a 3-0 lead and could cruise the rest of the way. Gentile would strike for a pair of goals, while Lunduski used his deft passing to earn a pair of assists, in addition to a goal of his own.
Nick Gates had the other goal, with Jeff Mahar picking up an assist and B’ville’s defense doing the rest, holding a solid Wildcat lineup to just two direct shots on net all night.
Two nights later, B’ville had a far tougher time of it at Henninger, pushed into overtime before it could pull out a 2-1 victory over the Black Knights.
Despite a 2-4-1 record going into the game, Henninger played on even terms through most of the night, the Black Knights forging a 1-1 halftime tie thanks to Khin Maung Kyi’s goal, assisted by Omar Sirad.
B’ville stayed patient through a tense, scoreless second half, even as Henninger’s defense broke up a series of attacks, until it could put in the game-winner in the first OT period. Gates scored again, with Jason Ekere earning the other goal as Mahar and Evan Ingersoll earned assists.