FULTON — Saranac just couldn’t measure up to Marcellus on Saturday.
The Mustangs scored two early goals and went on to defeat the Chiefs 7-2 in an NYSPHSAA Class B girls’ soccer regional final at Bodley High School.
“We ran into a really, really good team. A team with a lot of talent,” Saranac coach Mary LoTemplio said. “And I think we played the best we could against that talent, and our players tried to do the best they could with it. And we scored two goals on them, which a lot of teams have not been able to do.
“So I have nothing but good things to say about my team. I would not be surprised if that team wins it all. I would be very surprised if they don’t.”
Marcellus (19-1-1), from Section III, is ranked second in the state and has recorded 13 shutouts. Saranac became just the third team this season to tally more than one goal against the Mustangs, who advanced to the Class B final four.
Madi Belvito gave Marcellus a lead less than four minutes into the game, and then she assisted on Jada Sargeant’s goal at 10:08. Saranac goalkeeper Jamie Favreau came out to challenge Sargeant, and the Mustangs’ leading goal scorer sent the ball past her.
“That pumped us up majorly,” Belvito said of the quick two-goal lead. “That just gave us a boost of like, we’ve got this game. They were a good team, but that just made us (think) we were in it.”
LoTemplio said the Chiefs struggled with the Mustangs’ brand of soccer, particularily at the start, adding that Marcellus kept two forwards along the touchlines and one in the middle.
“It was a little bit of shell shock,” LoTemplio said. “We’re not used to that level. We haven’t played against a team like that. They played a completely different style than we’re used to.