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Michaela Lynch, Christina Klaum lead South Side to 17th state title

South Side's Christina Klaum, Michaela Lynch, Meghan Hines

South Side's Christina Klaum, Michaela Lynch, Meghan Hines and Alex Reis celebrate winning the NYSPHSAA Class A girls soccer title over Jamesville Dewitt at Cortland. (Nov. 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Pat Orr

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The South Side girls soccer team participated in a state championship celebration. For the 17th time.

They were handed a state championship plaque. For the 17th time.

They'll soon have a state championship banner stitched. For the 17th time.

Michaela Lynch proved to be the lynch-pin in South Side's latest state title win. The senior midfielder had a goal and an assist to earn Most Outstanding Player and lead South Side to a 2-0 win over Jamesville-Dewitt in the Class A title game Sunday at Cortland University.

"I couldn't have asked for a better ending to my senior year of soccer," she said. "This was the one goal that everyone wanted and it's amazing to complete that goal."

For the 17th time.

Christina Klaum sent a cross to Lynch, who followed up the rebound off her own header and fired into the back of the net to score what proved to be the winner 14:30 into the game.

Lynch later crossed the ball from the outside to Klaum, who turned and made one touch on the ball before placing a left-footed shot into a corner with 19:18 remaining to help South Side (18-0-1) seal its second consecutive state title and seventh in the last nine years.

"I'm so thankful to be part of this," Klaum said. "It's truly amazing. Last year we came home with a state title and this year we wanted to make sure we defended it. So we came back here and won another one."

For the 17th time.

Keeper Sarah McCarthy, who had six saves, and a strong back line led by Jess Hawley and Rebecca Buchman ensured that the state title would be returning to its familiar home in Rockville Centre. Speedy Jessica Holmes of J-D beat a defender down the right wing and carried into the box where McCarthy came out to challenge and dove to stop the ball -- just as Holmes got a foot on it -- to prevent a game-tying goal with 27:30 remaining.

"I had to live up to past keepers and we had to live up to past teams," junior and first-year starter McCarthy said. "We came out on top."

For the 17th time.

If the Cyclone's collection of state titles isn't impressive enough, here are some numbers to reflect their dominance this season: Zero losses. Sixty-three goals scored. Six goals allowed. County, Long Island and state crowns. All adding to the legacy of the most successful girls soccer program in New York.

"It gets better each time," South Side coach Shannon McEntee said. "It's going to be a very loud bus ride home."

For the 17th time.

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