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(Chittenango, NY – Oct. 2012) Two Chittenango defenders laying injured on the field allowed just enough time for speedy Westhill striker Maggie Tripodi to race through for a one-on-one with Lady Bears goalie Sierra Shafer last Wednesday Oct. 17. The result was the only goal of the game as the Warriors defeated Chittenango 1-0 in a double overtime thriller. The win for the Warriors avenged an earlier season loss to the Lady Bears, one of only two teams to defeat Westhill this season, by an identical score.
The first half of play was clearly dominated by Chittenango in terms of possession and shots but offense soon turned flat for the Lady Bears as the second half opened. The Boyer sisters, Brianna and Kate, defensively broke up every conceivable serving Westhill had to offer while Midfielders Alexa Farsaci and Emily Gibbons provided outstanding efforts on their behalf.
The closing two minutes of overtime saw runs on goal by Cait Foster, Lauren Billington, Katrina Farsaci and Kaitlin Antelmi with strikes off the goal posts and split second saves by the Warriors keeper to prevent the game from going into penalty kicks to determine a winner. Sierra Shafer had 16 saves to back the Lady Bears 24 shots on goal.
Westhill numbers were 12 saves and 29 shots.
The Lady Bears end the year with their seventh one-goal loss, which in itself is a remarkable achievement, considering the core of their experience and strength sat the bench with injuries for all or most of this season. All said, this year’s edition of Chittenango girls’ soccer has seen the most tenacious and exciting group of girls to take the field since those making it to the 2002 State Championship match.
One could ask no more of them.
Looking ahead to next year, Coach Brian Brzuszkiewics has much to look forward to in his young, now very experienced players, not to mention a selection from a well-coached junior varsity squad that improved leaps and bounds with skills and teamwork as the year rolled on.