Coach knows best.
That is according to Meghan Fonfara, who scored the game’s only two goals as top-seeded Iroquois downed No. 2 Williamsville South, 2-0, in the Class B Championship game before 300 fans at Amherst High School’s Dimp Wagner Field on Wednesday.
“Coach told me to just keep shooting,” the junior attacker said. “I did what he said — I shot, picked a corner and it seemed to go in the net. I was so happy. To put the ball in the net for the team is the best feeling in the world. You’ve got to listen to coach I guess.”
Fonfara opened the scoring 7:25 into the game and then gave the Chiefs a commanding 2-0 advantage just six minutes into the second half. Both goals were placed in the left corner of the net out of the reach of South goalkeeper Allison Staebell. Fonfara has a team-high 32 goals on the season.
“She’s the real deal,” 19th-year Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline said of Fonfara. “It’s her second year with us and I’ve spent a lot of time working with her. I push her hard. I don’t baby her because I know she has all the ability. She’s very coachable and very receptive. She’s been outstanding this year. She’s so much fun to have on your team. The best way to put it is that I’m glad I don’t have to coach against her.”
The Billies (14-3-2) had to deal with not only Fonfara, but also the Chiefs’ brick-wall defense anchored by upperclassmen Kirsten Audette, Sam Gadd, Maddy Geil, Jordan Gingrich and Lexi Hackford. South mustered just two shots, both of which were turned away by sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Ward.
In the opening minutes of the second half, it appeared as if the Billies had tied the game, but the officials ruled that the ball was directed into the net by a foot.
The win gave Iroquois its first sectional title since 2007. It’s the program’s sixth crown since Tonsoline took over the varsity in 1994. This year’s Chiefs (17-0-2) will play the Section V (Rochester area) champions in the Far West Regional at noon Saturday at Penfield High School.