Gehen nets game winner
Erin Gehen gathered a ball at the top of the box and popped it into the back of the net in the 92nd minute to give West Seneca West a 1-0 double-overtime win over Frontier in an ECIC I girls soccer matchup.
“We probably had the better chances,” Frontier coach Ron Sporyz said. “We had a number of breakaways that we didn’t capitalize on. They had some nice shots during the game also, just not breakaways. They had us probably 2 to 1 in shots, but a lot of them were taken from outside. It was a fairly evenly matched game. We got tired. We broke down. But it was a really hard-fought game.”
Lauren Fibich recorded the shutout for West Seneca West (3-3 overall).
Elsewhere in ECIC I, Lancaster got its first win over Orchard Park in several years with a 2-1 decision.
Danielle Zale scored on a direct kick in the second half for Lancaster to tie the game, 1-1.
Emily Czechowski scored the game-winning goal on a shot that went top shelf.
“That goal was scored with a big-time hustle assist by Aubry Billitier,” coach Chris Cownie said. “Alexis Ruggiero didn’t get any points but her physical play and non-stop hard work kept the team in this game.”
Clarence stays undefeated
Clarence posted a 2-0 shutout over Hamburg in an ECIC field hockey matchup. The Red Devils, ranked No. 3 in the latest Western New York Coaches Poll, improved to 5-0.
Gigi Fasanello scored first for Clarence on an assist from Jenna Luzi. Tess Luzi scored from Mya Cappellino to give the Red Devils some breathing room.
It was the fifth goal of the season for Luzi and fourth for Fasanello.
“Gigi is doing a nice job bringing the ball through the midfield and helping to generate attacks,” coach Beth Brawn said. “She just keeps grinding and never gives up on the ball.”
Senior Lauren Mortek recorded her second shutout of the season thanks in large part to the help of a solid defensive unit.
“Our defensive line — Julia Calandra, Jenna Duff, Chelsea Blackman and Ashley Ruszala — they held us in that game,” Clarence coach Beth Brawn said. “We graduated our entire defensive line and these kids have stepped up and are doing a great job for us.
“They’re not even letting the ball inside the circle and sometimes they’re not letting teams over the 25-yard line. Lauren is brand new to field hockey. She was a soccer goalie and she wasn’t getting much playing time, so she decided to come over to field hockey. As a rookie goalie, she’s really doing a nice job for us.”
Canisius wins in five
Good play in the middle gave Canisius a 25-23 win in the fifth set as the No. 2 Crusaders pulled out a tight match at No. 3 West Seneca West in a non-league boys volleyball game.
“Our passing improved and we had some key defensive plays,” Canisius coach Tom Weislo said of the fifth set. “We were able to score off our middle attack and that’s how we won the match. We got a side out for game point off our middle attack.”
Trevor Gooch had 27 kills and Brian Costello 41 assists for Canisius (7-2).
St. Joe’s grabs OT win
Hunter Walsh scored eight minutes into the first overtime to give St. Joe’s a 1-0 win over Iroquois in a non-league boys soccer match.
Will Boerema earned the shutout thanks in large part to the defense in front of him — Armand June, Marcus D’Aguiar, Andrew Lutley and Jarad Dinicolantonio.