Lancaster edges Clarence
Smarting from its overtime loss this week to Orchard Park, Lancaster stepped up its defense on Thursday against Clarence.
Senior goalkeeper Jake Kaczor recorded his fifth shutout of the season as Lancaster downed Clarence, 1-0, in boys soccer action. Earlier this week, Lancaster dropped a 2-1 decision to OP in overtime.
“We were disappointed the way we played against Orchard Park and we wanted to come out strong against Clarence,” Lancaster coach Christopher Palmer said. “It was a totally different team and we put in a lot of work in practice to get better.”
Sophomore midfielder Parker Shetler scored his third goal of the season off an assist by junior midfielder Luke Loecher.
Elsewhere, West Seneca West recorded its first victory over Williamsville North in eight seasons and ended a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 win. It was also the first ECIC I victory for the Indians, who trailed 1-0 at the half.
West tied the game nine minutes into the second half, then sophomore Hunter Mancuso, who scored both goals for the Indians, tapped in the winner with 23 minutes remaining in regulation. Indians senior keeper Joe Ingrao earned the win in his first start of the season.
In ECIC III, Cheektowaga defeated Pioneer, 3-2, led by Rodrigue N’sapu’s two goals and a pair of assists by Jack Behlmaier.
Bishop Timon-St. Jude moved to 5-0 overall as Brady Rogers registered his second shutout in as many games in Timon’s 1-0 nonleague win over Gow. Aiji Sakugawa scored the game’s only goal.
Wilson stays unbeaten
Wilson improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in Niagara-Orleans girls soccer as Lauren Austin tallied a goal and an assist while Katlynne Tubo was credited with the shutout in 3-0 victory over Roy-Hart.
In other action, Emily Blanchard scored four goals, Abby Squiccarini added three and Justice Nauden and Jayne Bannister combined for the shutout in Albion’s 10-0 victory over Barker in Niagara-Orleans play.
Elsewhere, sophomore Emilee McEachon continued her hot streak with six goals and two assists, bringing her total to 12 goals in the last three games, as Performing Arts defeated Emerson, 8-3.
Albion girls dig deep
The Albion girls volleyball team overcame some adversity in a tough match against Roy-Hart.
After winning the first set, Albion dropped the next two sets before rebounding to take the last two in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory.
Albion opened the contest winning the first set, 25-15, then lost both the second and third sets, 25-21 and 25-19.
“We were missing our serves in the second and third games,” Albion coach Ann Capacci said. “We came back in the last three games by doing all the little things right. The little things are very important.”
Albion took the fourth, 25-14, and won, 25-22, in the final set.
Kelsee Soule finished with 14 kills, 17 digs and two aces, while Sara Millspaugh added 14 kills and seven digs.