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Byron-Bergen blows out Wheatland-Chili

By Zachary Harnischfeger

BYRON-BERGEN, NY--- The Byron-Bergen Bees girls soccer team wrapped up the regular season with a dominate 8-2 win over the Wheatland-Chili Wildcats on Friday night. The Bees jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

At the 31:13 mark in the first half, sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Starowitz scored her sixth goal of the season to give the Bees the early 1-0 lead.

Elizabeth Starowitz

Six minutes later, at the 25 minute mark, senior forward McKenzie Hagen added a goal to make it a 2-0 game. The goal was assisted by Emma Starowitz. The goal was Hagen's 18th on the season.

"We played really well as a team," McKenzie Hagen said. "...our team has been together for a long time and we all trust each other and are good together," Hagen said.

Bees goalkeeper Novalee Pocock made a nice save to keep the Wildcats from cutting the deficit in half. The Bees regained control and added another goal to their total.

Victoria Rogoyski (Pictured left)

At the nine minute mark in the first half, senior Victoria Rogoyski netted her fifth goal of the season to extend the lead to 3-0. The Bees defense did not allow the Wildcats to regain any control of possession for the rest of the first half.

Emma Starowitz scored her second goal of the game with 2:45 left in the first half to give the Bees a commanding 4-0 lead. Sophomore midfielder Mia Gray scored her team leading 24th goal of the season at the end of the first half to make it a 5-0 game.

The Wildcats had a strong possession to start the second half, firing off two shots in rapid succession. Unfortunately, the first shot went wide right and the second shot was saved by Pocock and Wheatland-Chili was denied of any goals.

Hagen netted her second goal of the game early in the second half to give the Bees the 6-0 lead. At the 25 minute mark in the second half, Emma Starowitz added her second goal of the game making it a 7-0 game.

"I was very happy with our team today," Emma Starowitz said. "We played very good together and I love playing with McKenzie, we work really well together," Starowitz said.

McKenzie Hagen

Three minutes later, Hagen got the hat trick after scoring her third goal of the game to extend the lead to 8-0. This would be the last goal scored in the game for Byron-Bergen.

Senior Emily Parker got the Wildcats on the board after scoring on a corner kick with 14:55 left to play in the game. She added her second goal of the game at the nine minute mark to make it an 8-2 game, which would the final score of the game.

"This was our best game all year," Byron-Bergen head coach Wayne Hill said. "We stayed patient and we made some nice passing combinations. We have gotten better as the season has gone on, so that's good for us as we head into sectionals, but I couldn't be happier with how they played," Hill said

The Bees finished the season with a 13-3 overall record and an 8-0 league record. They will head into sectional play next week.

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