Carissima Cutrona continues to be recognized off the soccer field for all her conquests on it.
The Williamsville South junior adds her second straight All-Western New York selection to a resumé that, for the first time, includes a spot on the All-American team sponsored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
“It’s an honor to be all of those things, but I just do it because I love soccer, not to get the awards,” she said.
Cutrona continued to be a force on the field this fall, leading the ECIC in scoring with 37 goals while adding 12 assists. She scored all three goals in a sectional final win over rival Williamsville East and all four in the triumph over Grand Island in the semifinals. She’s had plenty of team success as well as the Billies won back-to-back Section VI Class A titles.
She said her team was inspirited by its motto for this season: “Our family vs. their team.”
“We’re such a close-knit team and we all get along with each other,” Cutrona said. “We’re always with each other hanging out and that really helps us excel once we get on the field.”
Cutrona and senior Hannah Crofut of Williamsville North are the only All-WNY repeat picks, chosen by a panel of area coaches. Orchard Park has three picks and Williamsville North two on the 13-player squad.
Crofut has accepted a partial athletic scholarship to Bryant University in Rhode Island, a Division I school in the Northeast Conference. She considered other offers from UB, Lehigh and St. Francis.
“The coaches were great, the girls were great, it’s a pretty school and there’s a strong business focus,” said Crofut, a four-year starter at North.
This year’s champions were: Orchard Park (Class AA), South (Class A), Akron (Class B), Holland (Class C), Ellicottville (Class D), Sacred Heart and Christian Central (Monsignor Martin Association, North and South). The title was OP’s first in 16 years. All five Section VI champs lost by shutout to teams from Section V (Rochester) in the Far West Regionals.
Molly Petrucci of City Honors had 53 goals against challengers from the Buffalo Public School’s Radcliffe Cup, along with 20 assists.
Senior Melissa Smith of Niagara-Wheatfield was named the Niagara Frontier League’s Player of the Year after tying for the league lead in goals with 27 and points with 60. Smith, along with Erin Kinz of Lew-Port and Christine Breindel of Orchard Park, move up from making All-WNY second team last year.
Kinz, the only goalie on the team, allowed 22 goals while making 170 saves for the No. 5 team in the Niagara Frontier League.
It was a comeback season for Courtney Hartnett of Orchard Park as a knee injury sidelined her all of last year. This year she battled through a sprained ankle during the playoffs.
Rachel Loecher went out a winner in her senior year, leading Sacred Heart to the title of the Monsignor Martin Association’s North Division and a berth in the Catholic states semifinals. Loecher’s play at defender contributed to her team’s nine shutouts in 15 games.
Tiana Woodarek of Springville scored twice in OT to help knock off two-time defending Class B champion Newfane in the sectional quarters. A three-sport athlete, she led the basketball team to last year’s sectional final and has cleared 9 feet, 6 inches in track and field’s pole vault.
Midfielder Cailin Regan led Akron to its first Section VI title. She had 10 goals and 14 assists. She joins Tricia Mangan of Nardin as the only sophomores to make first team.