Baldwinsville eliminates Bethlehem

The Bethlehem girls soccer team's season ended in the Class AA regional for the second year in a row.

Section III champion Baldwinsville scored three times in a 16-minute stretch of the first half to pull away for a 3-0 victory over the Lady Eagles in last Saturday's regional at Fulton High School.

Angelica Romeu scored midway through the first half to give the Bees (18-1-0) a 1-0 lead. Erin Ward tallied eight minutes later, and Emma Firenze added a goal less than five minutes before halftime to extend Baldwinville's lead.

Bethlehem (16-3-1) tried to get back in the game in the second half, but Baldwinsville's defense prevented the Lady Eagles from sustaining any pressure on its goaltender.

Bethlehem reached the regional round after edging Shenendehowa 1-0 in last Wednesday's Section II championship game at Stillwater High School.

Kristina Maksuti scored the lone goal in the first half, and goaltender Katie Nickles did the rest to propel the Lady Eagles to their third consecutive Sectional title. Nickles made six saves to shut out Shen (14-4-1) in a rematch of last year's Class AA final.

Juliana McDermott stopped 12 shots for the Plainswomen."

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