Holland field hockey from worst to first
After enduring a winless season a year ago, the Holland field hockey team has reversed its fortune.
The Dutchmen are off to a 3-0 start, the latest victory coming Friday against Starpoint, 2-1, in overtime. Junior midfielder Olivia Moore scored the game-winning goal on an assist from Carlie Davis.
Moore took the pass from Davis and tucked the ball behind the Starpoint goalie. “She’s one of the fastest girls on the team, and she’s always there when you need her,” said first-year coach Laura Rojek.
Sierra Rogers scored the Dutchmen’s goal in regulation. Holland finished 0-14-1 last year. “I guess from past experience we didn’t run too much so we’ve done a lot of endurance work,” Rojek said. “I’m not going to say that’s the main factor, but it definitely helps.”
Lancaster, Will East stay perfect
Senior goalkeeper Jake Kaczor doesn’t just have four wins in his four starts for the Lancaster boys soccer team, he also has four shutouts. His latest blanking came in Friday’s 4-0 victory over Jamestown in ECIC I. Kaczor got plenty of support from his offense as sophomore midfielder Parker Shetler had two goals and senior midfielder Alex Kaiser added a goal and assist.
Kaczor’s other shutouts have been against St. Francis, Williamsville North and West Seneca West.
“He makes it easier for himself by being in the right position and has a strong group of players in front of him,” said Chris Palmer, coach of the No. 4-ranked large school Redskins. “He doesn’t give up any rebounds and anything that he catches he keeps away from the goal.”
Lancaster has outscored its first four opponents, 11-0.
Elsewhere, Mitch Fors had two goals and Adam Ahmed added a third as No. 2 large school Williamsville East moved to 6-0 with a 3-0 win over Iroquois in ECIC II. Senior keeper Nick Aja had his second shutout.
No. 8 large school Williamsville South got a goal from Paul Malinowski 13 minutes into the second half and beat Starpoint, 1-0, in ECIC II. The Billies improved to 4-0-1.
North runs off with cross country invite
Colin Begley became the first winner of the Williamsville Village III Cross Country Invitational. The Williamsville North runner covered the 3-mile course at Bassett Park in 16:45. The inaugural event was a contest between the three cross country teams in Williamsville.
North took first with 18 points, followed by South with 45 and East with 50. Patrick Crowley of North was runner-up in 16:47 followed by Joey Couche of South in 16:54. North took the fourth and fifth spots thanks to Christian Gjahjadi in 17:18 and Ryan Konotopsky in 17:22.
• The 19th West Seneca Cross Country Invitational is today at Sunshine Park in West Seneca.
A field of approximately 985 runners from 42 schools will participate.