Fredonia girls soccer coach Sam Conti said Marcellus' passing was better than most teams he's seen all season. Most college teams.
Using passing that belongs in a coaching video, Marcellus won its second straight state title by overwhelming Fredonia, 6-0, in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class B final Saturday evening before an estimated 300 at Union-Endicott's Ty Cobb Stadium.
Fredonia (19-3-2), which won its first Section VI championship this season, advanced to the final with a 2-1 win over downstate school Highland of Section IX late Friday night. But the Hillbillies were outclassed by Marcellus (23-1-1).
"They were fabulous. Absolutely fabulous," Conti said of Marcellus, located about 15 miles west of Syracuse. "They moved the ball better than many, many college teams I've seen this year. And we did not, in any way, shape or form, show up. And that's what happens. I told the girls you picked a really, really good team to be really, really bad against."
Marcellus senior Jenna Farneti had a hat trick and two assists as she and eight other returning starters from last year's state titlist put on a great display of soccer. The Mustangs strung neat passes together on the artificial turf, including several pretty give-and-go plays and through balls.
"We never touched the ball in the first three minutes, they moved the ball so wonderfully," said Conti. "(Fredonia goalie Keriann Ketcham) saw more quality shots than she saw all year."
Playing on back-to-back days for just the second time this season, Fredonia gave up half as many goals as it had given up all season (12 entering the game).
Just 2:23 into the game, Farneti took a through pass from Alyssa MacLachlan in the penalty box and banged a right-footed goal into the left corner. Several chances later, Farneti thudded a shot off a defender, then chased down the loose ball in the box and again found the left side of the net for a 2-0 halftime lead.
Just 58 seconds into the second half, Marcellus scored another excellent goal. Meghan Mannion dribbled 30 yards down the right wing all the way to the end line, crossing the ball in front to Farneti, who put a perfect touch on the ball and rolled it off the inside of the far left post.
The Mustangs added two goals by Amy Ware in a 19-second span, first converting a great through ball from Farneti with 30:22 to go and then toeing in a loose ball off a scramble in front. The final goal was perhaps the prettiest, as an excellent corner kick by Farneti from the right side was lofted across to Hannah Vaughn, who simply headed the ball into the left corner for a 6-0 lead with 24:25 to play.
Marcellus goalie Ashley Martin had to make just one save before being pulled with 20:32 left.
The Hillbillies are the first soccer team -- boys or girls -- from Chautauqua County to advance to the state finals.
"That was the best team we played by far," said Fredonia senior Hannah Swift. "But we had some good moments, too. It's been amazing."