Girls soccer: Wind, bounces go against Burnt Hills

Somers eliminates Spartans in Class A semifinals

"Really the difference (in the match) was a bounce of the ball," Bold said. "Their bounce went in, and ours didn't."

Bold's assessment of play was accurate. Somers generated seven shots, six of which were stopped by Comley. Bolstered by a furious push in the final few minutes, the Spartans finished with 12 shots, as Coppolecchia stopped seven, each more important than the last.

"Our girls fought to the end, and we pushed forward and tried to get numbers forward," said Bold. "We continued and continued and continued, but their goalkeeper did a phenomenal job of keeping them in the match.

“The game is cruel sometimes."

Bold credited his back line of Michaela Hitt, Nicole Shively and Kaita Albanese for eliminating any serious threats after the lone goal from the Tuskers. The energetic coach anchored his forwards and midfield in the front third for most of the second half, a move that could have left his defense vulnerable. The D wasn't, however, as the aforementioned trio played off each other to keep Somers at bay.

The locals had several chances after intermission. Morgan Burchhardt’s perfect cross was sent wide by Meghan Malone in the 43rd minute. Moments later, Burchhardt's high blast was punched into the clear by Coppolecchia. Shively used her booming right foot late in the second half to put two long free balls near the goal. A minute before Pearce nearly sent the scintillating match to overtime, a corner attempt from Burnt Hills danced around in the box before two Tusker defenders cleared.

"I thought our girls did a good job of keeping their heads," Bold explained. "It was challenging, and there was frustration at the end, and obviously a great deal of disappointment."

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