Eleventh-seeded Sweet Home and fourth-seeded Lockport pulled overtime upsets against the top two seeds Friday to advance to the finals of the Section VI Class AA boys soccer tournament.
Sweet Home junior Ryan Baroudi's controversial goal on a penalty shot near the left corner about five minutes into sudden-death overtime gave the Panthers a 3-2 win over No. 2 seed Williamsville North.
Williamsville North goalkeeper Tim Sisler (who had made nine saves) punched the ball away but officials ruled that the ball had first crossed the goal line. Players and spectators stormed the field in protest after the call and chased the officials from the field. Williamsville North coach Lee Ferenc declined comment on the incident.
Williamsville North scored in the first minute on a free-kick goal by Mike Pitman and forced the game into overtime in the waning minutes on a goal by William Du. In between, Sweet Home's Baroudi scored on an assist from Tom Drabinski, who also assisted on a goal by Mehdi Natarseh. Sweet Home goalkeeper Andrew Goetz made nine saves.
In the other semifinal, Lockport (17-1-3) beat top-seeded Kenmore East (16-4-1), 1-0, on a shootout goal by Andrew Yacos after the teams went scoreless through two overtimes. Members of each team made seven straight shootout goals before Yacos scored. Kenmore East had one more shot but Lions goalkeeper Tom Scrace, who made 15 previous saves, stopped the shot.
Lockport and Sweet Home meet for the championship Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Lewiston-Porter.
CLASS A: Jason Tartick's goal on an assist from Tony Schiappa with about 15 minutes left broke a 2-2 tie to give No. 3 seed Williamsville East a 3-2 victory over No. 2 Depew in a semifinal game. Schiappa also assisted on a goal by Jeff Craig in the third minute. Dan Spada also scored for the Flames (15-2-4).
Depew got goals from Sean Martin and Justin Gritzke. It was Gritzke's 31st goal of the season, scored while the Wildcats were a man short due to a red card in the second half.
In the other semifinal, Iroquois' Alex Razzolini scored two unassisted goals and keeper Sam Jones made 10 saves in a 2-0 win over Grand Island (10-6-5).
Williamsville East and Iroquois (15-3-3) meet for the title Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Lew-Port.
NYSAIS TOURNAMENT: Nichols' Joe Walter scored a goal and assisted on goals by Karl Winnick and Will Cheyney as the Vikings beat Horace Mann, 3-0, in the semifinals of the Independent Schools state tournament.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth notched the shutout as Nichols improved to 18-2-1. Nichols plays Riverdale in Sunday's championship game at St. John's University.
CLASS C: Kiley Hadzicki scored twice and Kelli McMahon also tallied to lead Portville (14-4-1) over Cattaraugus/Little Valley, 3-1, for the championship. Sarah Parisi scored for C/LV.
CLASS D: DeAnna Lawton scored two goals (one with an assist by Jacey Lipowicz) to lead No. 3 seed North Collins (11-5-2) to a 2-1 win over top-seed Ellicottville (13-5-1) in the championship game. Joell Scharf scored for Ellicottville.
NYSAIS TOURNAMENT: Emily Donowick's two goals and an assist led Nichols to a 4-2 win over Dalton in the Independent Schools semifinal.
Ann Morrow and Jaime Ferrentino also tallied for the Vikings (14-6-1) who meet unbeaten Hackley (22-0) in Sunday's final at St. John's University.
Lauren McDermott scored a goal (assisted by Contessa Gayles) and assisted on Shannon Scarselletta's goal and goalie Ange DiSarno earned a shutout, including a stop on a penalty shot in the second half, as Nichols beat Hackley, 2-0, to get to Sunday's final of the Independent Schools tournament. The Vikings (12-6-2) will play Rye Country Day in Manhattan.