Orchard Park nabs key win
Orchard Park was the first to cash in one of its chances as Allie Metzger scored with about five minutes left in the game to give the Quakers a 1-0 win over Williamsville North in ECIC I girls soccer. The win moves Orchard Park to 8-1-0 in the division and 10-1-0 overall.
“This was a really big win for us bouncing back after a tough loss last week to Clarence,” Orchard Park coach Mike Graffeo said. “The simple idea is that we knew we were better than we played the other day. We know we still have another gear to find and we focused on that. We played better. We played the ball faster. We moved quickly and played the ball wider.”
In a fast and physical game, both teams had plenty of chances to score the first goal. As regulation time was ticking away, Emma Saul picked up the ball about 25 yards out, played it between two Williamsville North defenders. Metzger got behind the defenders and beat them to the ball, then chipped it over the goalkeeper.
“It was just an exciting game,” Graffeo said. “It was one of those that could have gone either way. We were fortunate enough to put away a chance before they did. They’re a great team and if everything goes well, we’ll see them again in the semifinals or finals.”
Will East edges Starpoint
With a goal early in the second half, Williamsville East earned a 1-0 win over Starpoint to remain undefeated in ECIC II girls soccer.
Marissa Birzon, an eighth grader, scored five minutes into the second half to give the Flames (9-0-1, 10-1-2 overall) the victory. Sarah Eichhorn crossed the ball from the left side and Birzon volleyed it inside the far post.
Francesca Carra recorded the shutout.
“We’re playing well together and we’re still playing without a few players who have been injured,” said Williamsville East coach Chris Durr.
“Hopefully we’ll have them back in the next couple of games. The kids have played well together and hopefully we’re peaking at the right time.”
Elsewhere in girls soccer, Josilyn Denton broke a 1-1 tie with about 12 minutes left in the game to give Lake Shore (4-7) a 2-1 win over Maryvale in ECIC III.
Alena Woodarek scored four goals to pace Springville in a 5-0 win over Cheektowaga.
Sydney Cerza scored twice for Clarence in a 7-0 win over West Seneca West. Molly Barden recorded the shutout for the Red Devils (8-2-3).
Faith LoHouse recorded her fourth shutout as Christian Central earned a 2-0 win over Immaculata. Mary Pappagallo scored both goals as Christian Central improved to 9-1 overall, 7-1 in the Monsignor Martin South.
Messmer leads Albion
Cady Messmer had 19 kills, 11 digs and seven aces to help Albion outlast Medina in a four-game win in Niagara-Orleans League girls volleyball. Albion won 25-12, 25-22, 25-27 and 25-14. Kelsee Soule added 10 kills, eight digs and an ace for the Purple Eagles (9-4 overall, 7-3 league).
In other girls volleyball action, Immaculata improved to 11-1 overall and 10-1 in Monsignor Martin play with a three-game sweep of Niagara Catholic. Jordan DeMartino had seven kills and seven aces.
St. Joe’s earns comeback
St. Joe’s came back from a tough first-game loss to win the next three against St. Mary’s Lancaster to stay undefeated in Monsignor Martin boys volleyball. The Lancers won the first game, 31-29, but St. Joe’s battled back for wins of 25-15, 25-21, 27-25. Jack Heary had 41 assists for the Marauders (7-0 MMA, 12-1 overall).
Elsewhere, Starpoint edged Iroquois in ECIC II, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23. Brett Cane had 22 assists.