Orchard Park wins in OT
A defensive battle in regulation opened up in overtime and Orchard Park capitalized on its chance to earn a 1-0 win over Frontier in ECIC I boys soccer. After an Orchard Park player was taken down in the box, the Quakers were awarded a penalty kick. Connor Saeli buried his chance to give the Quakers the win.
Brian Arcari recorded two saves in the overtime and made a key stop earlier in the game for the shutout.
The Quakers improved to 9-4-2 overall and 7-3-1 in the league.
“Winning an overtime game this late in the season is good going into the playoffs knowing all the games will be close,” OP coach Josh Dannecker said. “I think this is a good character building opportunity for us -- a chance to be in a tight game with a lot of pressure. That will help us in the playoffs.”
Wilson clinches N-O title
Wilson clinched its first Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer title since 2009 with a 2-1 double overtime win over Newfane (11-3). The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first minute of play but Holly Rudolph scored with 4:38 left in regulation. Rudolph then scored with 1:42 left in the second overtime to give Wilson (12-1-1) the win.
Elliott lifts Will East
A tip-in by Lauren Elliott 10 minutes into the second half capped a total team effort for Williamsville East in a 1-0 win over Lancaster in ECIC field hockey.
“It was an up and down game both ways and nobody really controlled the game,” Flames coach Erin Rajzcak said. “I thought our midfielders were on top of their game. They stopped every ball and worked with the goalies. They were sending the ball to our forwards and connecting with them better than any other time this year. It was a total team effort.”
Jacquie Dellaneve and Theresa Meoski combined for the shutout as the Flames improved to 9-4-1 with regular season games left against Iroquois and Williamsville South.