Sweet Home wins on PKs
It's become a common practice for Sweet Home - win on penalty kicks in the Amherst Tournament.
For the last three years the Panthers have gone to PKs as the tournament format skips overtime in order to speed the pace of play. And after playing Riverside to a 0-0 tie, Sweet Home advanced to Saturday's championship game winning on penalty kicks, 4-1.
"Because of the format of the tournament and being non-league games, it's not unusual for games to go to penalty kicks," Sweet Home coach Scott Martin said. "I thought we had three or four really good chances that we just missed. Our defense played well and really limited their chances.
"We have a very young team and we're learning as we go. We have a really difficult schedule ahead of us and we're just working to get better by the end of October."
The Panthers play Depew in the championship game Saturday.
Seniors pace Lackawanna
A good dose of senior leadership helped Lackawanna open its boys soccer season with a 6-0 win over Alden.
The Steelers were up 1-0 at halftime, relying on defense and the play of junior Suljo Mehmedovic, who was making his first varsity start in goal.
"Alden did a good job and had quite a few shots on our net," Lackawanna coach Tom Kacalski said. "Our defense is as solid as it's been in the last three or four years and it definitely allowed us to get a shutout today."
Ali Muhammed and Abdul Ali each had two goals for Lackawanna.
"Those are the guys we'll look to do most of the scoring for us," Kacalski said. "The team this year is mostly seniors so it's a more mature team than last year."
Martin nets five goals
Junior Mia Martin scored five goals as Williamsville South opened its girls field hockey season with a 6-0 win over Orchard Park. The Billies scored five goals off six corners in the first half to build their lead.
"It was a total team effort," Williamsville South coach Mary Ferenczy said. "We have a small team this year but everyone is contributing.
"Mia was right on her game. She just had some beautiful, powerful shots. She's been working on her game year-round and played in the Junior Olympics this summer so she's definitely bringing some offensive power to the team this year."
Allison Staebell made some key saves in the second half for the shutout.