DUNKIRK — Another Section VI Class C girls soccer championship in the pouring rain. Another tight showdown between Holland and Allegany-Limestone.
Mark it another Holland victory.
The Dutchmen defeated Allegany-Limestone, 4-2, in the Section VI Class C girls soccer championship for the second consecutive year. In the first game of the night at Dunkirk High School, unbeaten Ellicottville bested Pine Valley, 4-0, in the Class D girls title match.
Sophomore Molly Zientek, who scored with 3:21 remaining in the 2012 title game to lead Holland to a 1-0 win over Allegany-Limestone, gave her team a boost a bit earlier this year. She opened scoring 13 minutes into the matchup when sophomore forward Olivia Schmidt weaved through traffic and found Zientek for a beautiful goal.
Holland (16-1-1) took a 2-0 lead into halftime. Schmidt (Section VI’s leading goal-scorer with 43), freshman midfielder Julia Grupp and sophomore midfielder Megan Caltagirone also notched goals for the Dutchmen.
“We really have a young team – I only have two or three seniors who are actually starting – so it’s going to be a fun ride even the next couple of years,” coach George Schmidt said.
Senior midfielder Cortnie Vaughn and junior midfielder Brenna Gelen scored for the Gators (13-3-4).
Approximately 250 people watched as underclassmen ruled the Class C title game and a group of veterans helped Ellicottville dominate from start to finish in the Class D championship.
This is Mary Neilon’s 29th season as Ellicottville’s head coach, and it’s the 29th straight year the Eagles have advanced to the Class D championship. They’ve won 24 of those games.
Neilon has long known the joy of victory, but that didn’t keep her from getting emotional Friday after her team defeated Pine Valley to claim yet another Class D title. Her team’s captains – all 12 seniors – hoisted the championship trophy.
That wasn’t the rain dripping down Neilon’s face.
“I just know how hard they’ve worked and how much … ” Neilon paused. “It never changes how much they want to work for it, a chance to go on.”
The Eagles (14-0-4) showed why they have yet to lose a game this season, sustaining possession in Panthers (9-7) territory nearly the entire game on the strength of their balanced offensive attack.
Senior Becca Golley, senior Hailey Musall, junior Hannah Doro and sophomore Morgan Zlockie scored for the Eagles.
Ellicottville had a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Holland and Ellicottville advance to the Far West Regionals, where they will play the Section V (Rochester-area) champions. Ellicottville will play next Friday at 5 p.m. at Amherst High School. Holland will play next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Amherst.