Williamsville South won its second straight Section VI girls soccer title while Akron and Orchard Park finally broke through on Saturday.
The Billies topped Williamsville East, 3-0, for the Class A title in front of an estimated crowd of 1,000 at Amherst’s Dimp Wagner Field. Orchard Park won the AA title, 4-1, over Williamsville North, while Akron capped the tripleheader with its first-ever Class B title with a 4-1 win over Eden.
The second-seeded Billies (16-2-1) won their second consecutive Class A title thanks to a trio of first-half goals by striker Carissima Cutrona.
“She’s unbelievable,” Billies coach Kevin McNamara said. “I think she’s one of the top players in the area, maybe in the state.”
Cutrona, who had all four goals in a semifinal win over Grand Island, started with a penalty kick in the 25th minute. Her low shot bounced in off of East keeper Francesca Carra.
Her second was a stunner. The junior picked up a loose ball in her own end and raced 70 yards upfield, leaving Flames (14-4-2) in her wake.
Her finish, again to the left, made it 2-0 South in the 28th minute. Cutrona added a third three minutes later.
“At that point all that was going through my head was ‘keep shooting,’ ” Cutrona said, “because I knew that we had them on the run.”
Top-seeded Orchard Park (16-1) took down the reigning Class AA champion Spartans thanks to a pair of goals from senior Cassidy Kozub.
Kristen Young scored in the second minute for the Quakers on a low, hard shot that seemed to surprise Spartans keeper Marah O’Conner. Kozub scored her first 10 minute later, finding space 20 yards out and curling a shot up and over the netminder. Courtney Hartnett made it 3-0 Quakers 11 minutes before the half.
Third-seeded North (15-3-1) got on the board in the 50th minute when Kaylyn Breindel cashed in a rebound off a free kick.
But a give-and-go in the 65th between Kozub and Amanda Woods gave Kozub her second and secured the Orchard Park win.
“It’s a really good feeling to know you’ve already gotten to a point where you’ve never gotten in a season,” Kozub said. “We really work hard as a team.”
In the Class B final, fifth-seed Akron (17-3) beat ninth-seed Eden (15-5) with two goals from junior Paige Buscaglia, while Rielee Welch broke a 1-1 tie in the 33rd minute. Erika Papke scored late to clinch the Tigers’ first ever sectional title.
“Last year we played Newfane and we lost in the finals,” Akron coach Lori Welch said. “That’s what we were working for all season, to get back here.”
The Section VI champions travel to play Section V in the Far West Regionals next Saturday at Webster Schroeder High School in suburban Rochester.