North comes back
With a pair of goals off corner kicks, Williamsville North came back to earn a 3-2 win over Lancaster in ECIC I boys soccer.
Lancaster took a 2-1 lead before the Spartans tied the game on a goal by Eric Steinwachs. Matt Schaefer scored the game-winner in the 64th minute off an assist by Yohan Andraud.
"We played a much stronger second half and slowed things down," said North coach Phil DiNunzio. "We talked at halftime about how the ball was up in the air a lot and we focused on keeping the ball on the ground and playing wide. I was pleased with our performance in the second half."
The Spartans had jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Thomas Jackson scored in the second minute. Lancaster scored the next two goals.
"It is early and we have a young team," DiNunzio said. "We have three freshmen, two sophomores and a couple of juniors that are playing with three or four seniors. With that mix of things, the kids are learning their roles and responsibilities slowly and coming together as a team."
In other boys' soccer action, Jared Keppel scored in the 69th minute to give North Collins a 1-0 win over Chautauqua Lake in CCAA III. Kyle Loretto earned the shutout.
Frewsburg streak ends
It's been the better part of two decades since Frewsburg lost a league girls swimming meet. Salamanca turned that table with a 109-77 win in a CCAA II meet.
"I've been coaching on and off for 23 years and it's the first time I've been part of a team that beat Frewsburg," Salamanca coach Laurie Lafferty-John said. "I don't know how long it's been exactly, but Frewsburg has not lost a league meet in over 20-25 years."
The Warriors had three double winners. Lindsay Forthman won the 1-meter diving and 100 butterfly; Kayla Jackson the 200 individual medley and 400 freestyle and Jessica Fish the 50 free and 100 free.
"For the girls, this is the one meet we go into every year knowing there's some really good competition," Laffety-John said.
"Last year was close and we started to see the possibility for us. This year, we were working hard and went in really believing."
New West Seneca course
West Seneca West opened its dual meet season with wins in both boys and girls cross country over West Seneca East. But that wasn't the most exciting thing for West coach Emilio Mancino. It was that the race was on the new 5K course at Sunshine Park.
"I was nervous about it since this was the first-ever race there," Mancino said. "It's a tough course. You don't go there for time. It really tests what shape the runner is in and mentally tough they are.
"It's a trail course with lots of turns in it. It's all grass with some subtle hills and one big hill after mile two."
Kalen Sullivan of West Seneca West won the boys race, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 17:48. Rebecca Schmitt of West Seneca East won the girls race in 21:21.
The course will get its first big test on Saturday when it hosts the 18th edition of the West Seneca Cross Country Invitational with 45 teams competing.
Attea paces Immaculata
For the first time in 16 years Immaculata got the best of Nardin in cross country with a win at Delaware Park. Claire Attea won the race in 20:41 with her teammate Amanda Kobiolaka second in 20:44.
The competition within the team is what helped Immaculata to the win.
"There are 26 girls on the team and they run as a group," coach Charles Planz said. "They push each other immensely and they don't become complacent. They're dedicated to it and putting in all the miles over the summer helped them get the victory today."
Akron upends Newfane
Akron has won the Niagara-Orleans girls soccer title for two straight years but hasn't broken through for the Section VI Class B title yet. Last year, the Tigers lost in the finals to Newfane. Tuesday, they exacted a bit of revenge as Akron earned a 1-0 win over the Panthers in league play.
Sophomore Caitlyn Regan scored five minutes into the second half with an assist from freshman Erica Papke. Jenny Komoinski recorded the shutout.