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BG cruises into title game

Lainey Fairbaugh works thorugh Bishop McCort defenders to get BG on the attack. Photo for the Mirror by Chuck Meyers

The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School girls soccer team reached previously uncharted waters Wednesday night, and used a potent offensive attack to navigate its path.

With sophomore forward Lainey Farabaugh scoring four goals and assisting on two others, and senior forward Aurielle Brunner also booting in three goals, BG improved to 16-1 by routing Bishop McCort, 9-2 in a District 6 Class 1A semifinal playoff game at Tom Irwin Field.

The win earned all the current players on the BG team their first appearance in the District 6 Class 1A championship game.

The Lady Marauders will take on West Branch in the district title game next Tuesday night at a site and time to be determined. West Branch, the defending District 6 Class 1A champions, advanced with a 2-0 semifinal victory over Penns Valley Wednesday in a game played at Bald Eagle Area High School’s Alumni Stadium.

BG, which is the top seed in its four-team district field this year, built a 5-0 halftime lead and went on cruise control in the second half. The Lady Marauders fashioned an impressive 25-6 shots-on-goal advantage.

“This is the first time that our seniors have made it to the district championship game, and I’m happy for that,” BG coach Joe DeLeo said. “I’m proud of our girls. They worked as a team, and moved the ball around tonight.”

Farabaugh, who had a monster effort in the semifinal win, agreed.

“We did play well today,” Farabaugh said. “We worked together and connected on our passes. We’re really excited about playing in the district championship game.”

Senior midfielder Dani Scipioni started the scoring for BG by taking a Farabaugh assist on the deep left wing and beating McCort junior keeper Emily Ream six minutes into the game.

Brunner converted another Farabaugh assist in front of the cage to put BG ahead, 2-0 at the 23:57 mark of the first half, and Farabaugh displayed excellent footwork with the ball before scoring an unassisted goal at 26:28 to stake BG to a 3-0 advantage.

Taking an assist from senior midfielder Rachel Nosek, Brunner rushed the cage and scored her second goal of the game at 27:08 to give BG a 4-0 lead.

Farabaugh’s goal on a short-range shot from the left side of the cage off an assist from Scipioni at the 33:26 mark put BG up, 5-0 at intermission.

“We played really together, and we looked for the open passes and shots,” Brunner said. “We were all together, and it was a lot of fun.”

DeLeo said that it was a team effort.

“I thought our defense did a pretty good job, and we transitioned pretty well,” DeLeo said. “We were able to finish on some of the crosses that we had in both the first and second halves.”

Brunner made it a 6-0 BG lead by completing her three-goal hat trick after knocking in a rebound off a Scipionishot 4:15 into the second half, and Farabaugh made it a hat trick herself by booting in an unassisted rebound goal at 5:47 to put BG in front, 7-0.

After McCort got on the board on a goal by senior Caroline Ingram at the 7-minute mark, Nosek’s unassisted goal and Farabaugh’s fourth goal of the night — on a breakaway shot after taking a feed from sophomore defenseman Claire Cammarata — put BG up 9-1 with less than six minutes left in the game.

Fourth-seeded McCort (5-8) got another consolation goal from sophomore Lillian Cypher with 19 seconds left.

“Their team is fast,” McCort coach Morgan Cypher said of the Lady Marauders. “They outran us. That’s all there is to it.”

SCORE BY HALVES

Bishop McCort 0 2 — 2

Bishop Guilfoyle 5 4 — 9

First half: 1, BG–Scipioni (Farabaugh), 6:00. 2, BG–Brunner (Farabaugh), 23:57. 3, BG–Farabaugh (unassisted), 26:28. 4, BG–Brunner (Nosek), 27:08. 5, BG–Farabaugh (Scipioni), 33:26.

Second half: 6, BG–Brunner (Scipioni), 4:15. 7, BG–Farabaugh (unassisted), 5:47. 8, BM–Ingram (Dawson), 7:00. 9, BG–Nosek (unassisted), 13:20. 10, BG–Farabaugh (Cammarata), 14:27. 11, BM–Cypher (Dawson), 39:14.

Shots on goal: Bishop Guilfoyle 25, Bishop McCort 6. Saves–Ream, BM, 16; Stayer, BG, 3; Smith, BG, 1.

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