W. Seneca West trips Lockport
The girls soccer season is over for Lockport, the No. 2 large school in the Western New York coaches poll. No. 7 seed West Seneca West eliminated the No. 2 Lions, 2-0, on Thursday in a Section VI Class AA quarterfinal game.
Lockport won the Niagara Frontier League this season with a 13-0-1 record while West placed fourth in ECIC I at 5-7. West opened Sectionals with a 3-0 prequarter win over Kenmore West on Tuesday.
West coach Jenn Bell knew her team was better than its 5-7 record as four of the losses were by one goal. “The team chemistry has always been there,” Bell said. “The girls are starting to believe in themselves, and the way thing are clicking now, they are starting to believe even more.”
West scored both of its goals in the second half. Morgan Amoia delivered the ball to sophomore Olivia Avery, who redirected it into the goal. On the second goal, freshman Sophie Osmond took a corner kick and connected with freshman Ashley Dibble off her head for the second time this year.
Junior goalkeeper Lauren Fibich had nine saves, earning her eighth shutout in 18 starts. She was forced out of the game in the first half after getting kicked in the face, but returned about 10 minutes later.
No. 1-ranked large school Williamsville South beat rival Williamsville East, 1-0, in overtime in a Class A-1 semifinal. The Billies (18-0) play Pioneer on Tuesday at Amherst. Carissima Catronia took a shot from the top of the 18 and Vicki Crocker walked in and finished the goal off. Rachel Grammp had the shutout.
Wild win for Pioneer
Years from now this one might be remembered as the comeback game.
The Pioneer girls soccer team scored three unanswered goals – all by the same player – in the game’s final 15:57, and then won it, 4-3, in the second sudden death overtime on a goal by an eighth-grader.
The Panthers trailed their Class A-1 game with North Tonawanda, 3-0, when sophomore Shania Platt scored with 15:57 left. She connected again at 14:12 and tied it to force overtime at the three-minute mark.
Three minutes into the second sudden death, the Panthers got a cross from Meghan Root, who got it over to Erin Byers. She headed it down to the ground and punched it in.
“They went nuts, I don’t think there was a dry eye on the field,” said Pioneer coach Frank Asquith. “It was just amazing. The kids never gave up, they really believed they could do it.”
St. Mary’s battles Eden
The St. Mary’s girls volleyball team has Eden’s number this year and now it’s up to three. The Lancers beat Eden for the third time this season as Leah Meyer connected for 17 kills, five blocks and Alyssa Zirnheld added 12 kills with 17 digs.
St. Mary’s won the match despite losing the second game, 35-33. “Both teams slugged it out, that 33-35 game – neither team gave up, they just kept going at it,” said St. Mary’s coach Don Pieczynski.