Clarence soccer escapes Frontier
The Clarence boys soccer team was able to overcome outstanding goalkeeping and beat upset-minded Frontier, 1-0. Mike Silverstein, coach of the undefeated Red Devils, said the only goal his team could muster off Falcons keeper Alex Olday was a rocket from about 20 yards out off the foot of Joe Resenberry.
“That was a goal no goalie would have had a chance on,” Silverstein said. “Olday was outstanding. You think you have him beat, and his reaction time was so quick, he’d get to it, and he gave up no rebounds. He got us on three breakaways, and won every one of those battles. I can’t say enough about that kid.”
Olday finished with 14 saves. Clarence moved to 11-0, 9-0 in the league.
Schick pushes goal total to 21
Brandon Schick’s scoring frenzy continued on Friday as the senior forward scored 12 minutes into the game on an assist from Nick Skibitski as the Williamsville East boys soccer team moved to 12-0, 9-0 with a 1-0 win over Sweet Home. Nick Smith earned the shutout.
Schick has 21 goals in just 12 games. “He just broke away from the defense and pushed the ball to the corner,” said Flames coach Jeff Librock.
“They played the ball to open space and Brandon used his speed and beat the defenders. He’s a really good player. I’ll have to start coaching again after he leaves.”
Eden field hockey ‘gutsy’
Sarah Woods and Rachel Baskerville scored a goal in each half and junior Mickey Nelson earned her third shutout in a row as the No. 7-ranked Eden field hockey team beat Williamsville East, 2-0, to remain solidly in second place in ECIC III. The Raiders improved to 7-2-2, with their only losses coming against No. 1 ranked Iroquois, 2-1, and ECIC II leader Hamburg, 1-0.
Coach Jen Carriero lauded her team’s defense, which has only given up nine goals in 11 games. Before Friday, Nelson had shut out Pioneer and Starpoint. The team’s main defenders are Cassidy Jenco, Hailey Breier, Nichols Greiner and Melissa Brockman.
“They’re gusty,” Carriero said. “We had one girl save a goal off her knee today and another girl took a ball off her goggles. They are fearless and solid.”
Around the fields
• Natalie Moreland scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half as the Newfane girls soccer team moved to 9-2 in the Niagara-Orleans League with a 1-0 win over Barker. Shannon Shaw had the shutout.
Keeper Lauren Nickerson became Maple Grove’s all-time leader in career shutouts following a 2-0 blanking of Frewsburg in CCAA II. The previous record of 41 had been held since 2002-2005 by Danielle Kenelley. The Red Dragons are 13-0, 11-0.
• Sophomore Elizabeth Connolly broke a 29-year-old girls swimming record at Lockport after she went 5:18.23 in the 500 freestyle in a 100-48 win over North Tonawanda. The previous record of 5:20.06 had been held by Maureen DoNato since 1983.
• The Williamsville North boys and the Williamville South girls were winners of the Town of Amherst Cross Country Championships. Adam Murphy of Amherst won the boys race in 16:51.0 while Carolyn Hopkins of South took the girls race in 19:17.2.