OP soccer wins in 2OT
Junior forward Emma Saul scored on a pass from Haley Flannery in the final minutes of the second 10-minute overtime as the Orchard Park girls soccer team beat Hamburg, 2-1, in the ECIC.
Saul took the ball on the left side, beat two defenders and then beat the keeper to the left. The same combination of Flannery-to-Saul connected for OP’s first goal in the first half. Hamburg tied the game 1-1 on a free kick by Kara Daley with 25 minutes left in the second half. It was her 22nd goal of the season.
“We’ve been trying to mix things up and try to get Haley more involved in the offense because she’s able to serve the ball pretty well,” said OP coach Mike Graffeo. “We moved her from offense to defense. We’ve been working on this for a while. It was a nice combination today. Hopefully, we can generate a little momentum.”
The Quakers (6-5) had four starters out with injuries and another who was hurt during the game. “It’s not the kind of season we had hoped for on paper, we’re trying to get a lot of mileage out of girls who aren’t used to all these minutes, but we look to make a run if we can get healthy at the right time.”
Borynski nets 19th for Alden
Senior Brea Borynski had a hat trick as the Alden girls soccer team edged Medina, 4-3, in a nonleaguer.
Borynski has 19 goals in 11 games, good for fourth in the entire ECIC. She’s had four games with hat tricks, two were four-goal games.
“She’s the other team’s single-man marker, for sure. They’re dead on her,” said second-year coach Mark Evertt. “Her ability to move on the field makes her available to receive the ball.”
Borynski is a four-year varsity starter and two-year captain. She’s been a defender until this year when she began being groomed to play center mid.
Kleckner uses his head
Knowing how to handle balls in the air is an attitude and Kyle Kleckner has a good one.
The East Aurora senior headed in the only goal of the game as the ECIC III leaders beat host Maryvale, 1-0, in boys soccer. Ben Ingram sent the ball in on a cross and Kleckner did the rest scoring 15 minutes into the game.
Kleckner dominates the skill of being able to jump, adjust in the air and direct the ball with his head. During the Blue Devils’ sectional playoff run last year he scored seven goals on headers.
East Aurora controlled possession, controlled the back and put a lot of pressure on Maryvale in the box, but Flyers keeper Zach Nelson kept his team in the game cleaning up a lot of balls while making 10 saves. EA keeper Craig Danzer earned the shutout. EA puts its 10-1 record on the line Wednesday when it hosts Amherst.
Panthers ready for Flames
Brian Daigler had two goals giving him 20 on the year as Sweet Home moved to 10-1-2 with a 4-1 win over Hamburg in ECIC II. Alex Olczak had three assists.
The Panthers travel to No. 1 large school Williamsville East on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The Flames would clinch ECIC II with a win. “Williamsville East has one of the top defenses in the section. They are very good at what they do,” said Sweet Home coach Scott Martin. “Every year our games with them are complete battles. We’ll do our homework and will be ready to go.”