The Spartans advanced to Wednesday's regional playoff game against Section III champion Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse " the No. 1 ranked class A team in the state.
"We're not going to celebrate tonight," said Fitzpatrick, who came out of retirement in the middle of the season to coach the team after George Dudek's mother fell ill. "We know about CBA and how good they are."
"It's definitely going to be a challenge. It's going to test our strength and our resolve," said Childs.
Lady Spartans advance in regional tournament
Eighty minutes of regulation had passed by. So had 10 minutes of overtime.
And the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls soccer team was still positioned where it had started the night " locked in a scoreless tie with Homer, seeing who would survive Tuesday night's class A regional qualifier at Chittenango High School, near Syracuse.
But the Lady Spartans' patience and big-game experience made the difference, as they scored in the second overtime to beat the Trojans 1-0.
When it came to a winning tradition, the two sides did not stack up evenly. BH-BL won one state class A championship in 2003 and made it back to the state finals last year.
By contrast, Homer had never even won a Section III title until this year, and needed a late rally, plus overtime, to beat Cortland 2-1 and get that crown.
However, Homer was familiar with Field Turf, the surface at Chittenango being similar to the Trojans' own home field. And it was not intimidated, in any way, by BH-BL's winning legacy.
Playing with a 25 mile-per-hour wind at its back in the first half, BH-BL could not take full advantage " sporadically attacking, but watching Homer make its fair share of runs to keep the Lady Spartans' defense active.
The Lady Spartans got a scare early in the second half when Emily Swisher's free kick banged off the left post. It was Homer's best scoring chance in regulation.