To put it in proper perspective: The Buffalo Bills were playoff bound in 1998, the last time City Honors did not win the Buffalo Public Schools girls soccer title.
Playing under first-year coach Andrew McDermott, the Centaurs (14-4) captured their 14th straight Radcliffe Cup title Monday with a 5-0 victory over da Vinci in the championship game at All High Stadium. It was repeat of the 2011 title game, also won by Honors, 6-0.
Molly Petrucci, a ninth-grader, capped a record-breaking season for Honors, scoring three times to give her 58 for the season, most in school history. She also had 22 assists.
As she did a year ago in the final, City Honors goalkeeper Brianne Grochala shut out da Vinci with six saves. Grochala recorded her 13th shutout of the season and 23rd of her career. Grochala backstopped a defense outscored opponents 108-1 in 13 league games.
“We had a strong defensive corps led by a 10th-grader, Hannah Annunziata,” McDermott said. “If there was an MVP on the team it would be her. She doesn’t allow anything to get through whatsoever. She’s smart and a leader on the team. The other girls look up to her. Molly Petrucci might not have 58 goals it if weren’t for Hannah.”
Bri Spears had nine digs and 41 assists as Olean captured the Section VI Class B-2 title with a 25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19 win over Springville on Monday at Sweet Home.
The Huskies (22-1) will play Iroquois for the overall Class B title on Wednesday at Sweet Home.
The Chiefs (13-8) advanced after beating Pioneer, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22, to win the Class B-1 crown. The Chiefs will be playing for the program’s first overall Section VI title.
Samantha Brader had 15 assists and Katie Porzio 10 kills.
“The girls came out, they were ready, they were prepared,” said Iroquois coach Laura Carlson. “I give Pioneer credit, they were a very scrappy team, but our girls just wanted it, we’ve never gone to the big show before.”