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South Side beats BH-BL again

From her own standpoint, Kelly would recover and stuff everything else the Cyclones tried, finishing with eight saves and earning Most Outstanding Goalie honors by game's end.

"Teegan played a phenomenal match," said Bold.

Burnt Hills got its share of chances in the second half, but South Side turned them all way, completing a post-season where it went seven games without allowing a goal.

All this followed a harrowing Class A state semifinal at SUNY-Cortland the previous day, where the Spartans needed some late heroics to get past Victor (Section V) by that same 1-0 margin.

Yet again, the Burnt Hills defense played a starring role, containing the Blue Devils throughout the first half and making two big stops midway through the second half to keep the game scoreless in a cold, driving rain.

The game was inching toward overtime when, with 8:43 left in regulation, the Spartans converted on a corner kick as, amid the scramble, Monica Wolf poked the ball past Victor goalie Kaitlin Dolan.

Down the stretch, Victor tried hard to counter, and as time ran out, Dolan ran 90 yards out of her crease to take a shot from the point " and it just went over the Spartans' net, allowing Burnt Hills to move forward.

The wave of disappointment on Saturday did not last too long. Hearty Burnt Hills fans gave out long and loud cheers as each player received their silver medals, with Kelly getting the loudest applause. And Bold gave each player a hug, too, an appreciation for all they had accomplished.

Burnt Hills has a good chance to do this again, as at least seven starters could come back in 2007, a group toughened by all the big games it has played the last two years " and still hungry to win it all, especially after the events of this state final.

"We've got a great program, and Burnt Hills is only getting stronger," said Bold.""

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