OP surprises Lancaster
Ryan McMaster had the game-winning goal as Orchard Park, the seventh seed in Class AA boys soccer, knocked off Lancaster, 2-1. The Redskins were the second seed (ranked eighth in Western New York among large schools), and went 8-2 in ECIC play during the regular season. That included a win over the Quakers.
Class A-1: It took Williamsville East until the 11:04 mark of overtime, but the Flames finally defeated Williamsville South, 1-0. Vick Goel scored the goal, while Abdul Aalshaebi assisted. Nick Aja had the shutout for East. which improved to 15-1-1. Grand Island, fifth among large schools, stopped Starpoint, 3-0.
Roy-Hart wins on road
Wins by the visiting teams in the quarterfinals of the girls’ soccer playoffs were few and far between on Wednesday. However, No. 12 Royalton-Hartland notched one when it defeated No. 5 da Vinci, 2-0, in Class B-1 play. Emma Lindke and Allie Sauers scored for Roy-Hart while Ashley Bower recorded a shutout.
Class B-2: Gabby Sinnott had the shutout in Newfane’s 2-0 win over Olean. Katlynne Tubo of Wilson, the top-ranked small school, only had to make two saves in blanking Salamanca by that same 2-0 count.
Class C: In prequarterfinal games, Allegany-Limestone pounded Franklinville, 9-0, with Cortnie Vaughn and Katie O’Dell scoring two goals each.
Amherst is perfect
Not even nasty weather could stop the Amherst field hockey team from its appointed rounds. The Tigers completed a perfect 16-0 regular season with a 5-0 win over Clarence.
“We were very proud of their effort,” Amherst coach Laurie LeGoff said. “It started to sleet and hail, and it was driving at us, but they stayed focused on the task at hand.”
McKenna Rushford and Lacey Woits had two goals each for the Tigers, while Yanna Boggio came up with the shutout.
“It may have been our most complete game from start to finish,” LeGoff said. “Every player executed at a high level mentally and physically.”
Lancer seniors shine
St. Mary’s of Lancaster hasn’t needed much inspiration this season to win, but it must have received an extra boost on Wednesday. Not only were the unbeaten Lancers playing Nardin in volleyball, but it was Senior Night.
“The kids were pumped,” St. Mary’s coach Don Pieczynski said.
Apparently so. The Lancers won the match in three straight games to wrap up the Monsignor Martin title.
Although it’s tough to detect improvement in a team that hasn’t lost a match this season (15-0), Pieczynski thinks his team is playing its best volleyball right now.
“The team is jelling,” he said. “We had some injuries, but we’ve been healthy lately and have played our best the last three weeks.”
St. Mary’s begins playoff competition next week.