Baldwinsville midfielder Steve Petrell (9) unleashes a hard shot in last Tuesday’s Class A playoff game against Cicero-North Syracuse. Petrelli’s five goals helped the Bees eliminate the Northstars 16-8 and advance to a semifinal date with defending champion West Genesee.
continued Up 10-3 at halftime, the Bees didn't let up one bit, stretching its margin out to 15-4 early in the fourth quarter, which allowed Fiorini to use lots of reserves and save some energy.
Petrelli finished with five goals, plus an assist. Barron, Bertrand, Chapman and Rein had two goals apiece, with Kaminski and Kyle Akers each getting one goal and one assist.
This leads to Thursday's Class A semifinal at 5 p.m. at C-NS's Bragman Stadium against West Genesee, the no. 2 seed, who rolled past Liverpool 14-8 in its opening-round game.
In this same round (and on this same field) 12 months ago, the Wildcats came from behind and beat the Bees, 9-8, on Brady Hoose's goal in the last seconds of regulation. If B'ville can get payback, it will face Fayetteville-Manlius or Corcoran in Saturday's final at noon at the Carrier Dome.
Of course, B'ville and West Genesee are familiar on the girls side, too, through years of championship battles. But when they played twice in the 2014 regular season, the Wildcats won big both times, including a 19-4 decision on May 2 where WG bolted to a 15-0 halftime lead.
That one-sided affair has stayed with the Bees, and it's quite eager to deal with the Wildcats again Friday night at CBA's Alibrandi Stadium in its Class A semifinal after getting past no. 5 seed Syracuse 21-12 in Tuesday's opening-round contest.
That lopsided margin masked the danger B'ville faced midway through the first half. Having not played in eight days, the Bees, who had lost Erin Nagle to an injury the day before, struggled in all facets of the game and trailed, 3-2, with less than 11 minutes left in the first half.
Then Syracuse missed a chance to double the margin, and on the other end drew a yellow card. With a player advantage, B'ville promptly scored three times in a span of less than two minutes, Taylor Gebhardt getting one of the goals and assisting on another, by Lexi Pastore, as Alex Leo also found the net.