Defending champs bow in soccer
Kenmore West and Kenmore East, both defending Section VI champions in boys soccer, lost Wednesday in semifinal games. Williamsville North knocked off Kenmore West, 2-0, in Class AA while Iroquois eliminated Kenmore East, 2-0, in Class A.
Matt Campana scored for North, his 10th, along with Lars Woosidlo. Tyler Cominsky had his 16th shutout of the season and the 25th of his career. "He pretty much owns inside the 18 [yard circle]," coach Lee Ferenc said. "He'll come out, punch the ball out, he's aggressive, but his defense does make it easy for him."
No. 1 seeded North (18-0-2) will play Clarence (17-2-2) for the title Saturday at Amherst. It would be North's first title since 1992. In two regular-season games, the teams tied, 1-1, and North won, 1-0. "It's going to be whoever makes a mistake and it will be game over," Ferenc said.
A pair of second-half goals by Nate McDonough were the difference for Iroquois. Greg Monte had the shutout for the Chiefs (15-2-2). No. 2 seed Iroquois (15-2-2) will meet No. 1 Williamsville East (18-1-2) in Saturday's final at Amherst. The Flames beat Iroquois twice in ECIC III play this season.
Williamsville East advances in PKs
The Williamsville East boys soccer team beat East Aurora in penalty kicks, 4-2, as Derek Frost, Matt Noronha, Simon Park and Kevin Castine all scored. East keeper Brian Wallden came up with two big saves in the penalty kicks.
After a scoreless regulation and two 15-minute sudden-death overtimes, the teams went to penalty kicks. Tied, 2-2, in penalty kicks, EA's next shot went high as Wallden saved it going to his upper right. Park made his shot to give the Flames the lead. EA's fourth shooter hit the post. The Flames needed to make one of their last two and that's when Castine delivered.
East coach Ron Schumacker said his sweeper, Bryan Cianchetti, had a tremendous game clearing balls in traffic and in pressure situations to take EA out of scoring opportunities.
East Aurora, playing its first season in Class A, finished 18-0-3.
Clarence moved into the Class AA final with a 2-0 victory over Lockport. Tyler Hamill's goal gave the Red Devils a 1-0 halftime lead. Michael Jurek scored on a diving header with 14 minutes left in the second half. Jason Ribbeck recorded the shutout for Clarence (17-2-2).
Wilson-Falconer to meet in final
A long bus ride and a double overtime goal by Sam Love were too much for Olean to overcome as Wilson went on to a 2-1 victory in a Class B girls soccer game. Love scored for the Lakewomen off a long shot with the wind that trickled into the net.
Sophomore Lindsay Frauen scored Wilson's first goal on a header off a corner kick by Molly Curry just one minute into the game. "They had such a long trip [1 hour, 45 minutes] we wanted the girls to jump out right away, but you knew they were going to come back," said coach Meg Thompson. Senior goalkeeper Danielle Moon posted 21 saves.
Wilson (13-4-2) puts its nine-game winning streak on the line when it plays Falconer on Friday at Amherst. It would be Wilson's first title since 2001.
Falconer will compete for its first sectional title after beating Fredonia, 2-0, in a Class B semifinal. Skylar Carlson scored on a penalty kick with 7:02 left and Sydney Yachetta added an insurance goal with 1:55 left on an assist from Aubree Jones. Jessica Edstrom had 10 saves for the shutout.
Erin Young scored the winner in a shootout as Maple Grove eliminated No. 1 seed Allegany-Limestone, 2-1, in Class C.
City Honors claims Radcliffe Cup
Kelly Walsh scored three goals as the City Honors girls soccer team used a big second half to beat Hutch-Tech, 6-0, and win its fourth Radcliffe Cup in a row. The Centaurs retired a previous Radcliffe Cup last year by winning their third straight title. City Honors ended the season 13-1 with its only loss coming to Olean in the Section VI tournament.
City Honors led just 1-0 after a hard fought first half. "In the second half they put their team prowess together and worked on putting together some nice combinations and solidified their game, putting it out of reach very quickly in the second half," interim coach Gary Witek said.
Sweet Home, Will North advance
The Sweet Home field hockey team eliminated Lancaster, 2-1, in penalty strokes. After regulation, the teams played two 10-minute overtimes and then went to a round of five penalty strokes and then into sudden victory. Betsy Forster scored the deciding goal for the Panthers. Lancaster led, 1-0, in regulation until Heather Kolbas tied it with 19:47 left in the second half.
Chantae Miller had three goals, giving her 36 for the season, as Williamsville North cruised, 5-0, over Hamburg. The 36 goals broke Miller's single-season high of 35 from last year.
"The kids started to take control of the game in the second half. They were just relentless with the pressure then," North coach Kris LaPaglia said.
Nicole Lewis notched her 15th shutout. Williamsville North puts its 18-0 record on the line in today's final against Sweet Home at Amherst. North won the title in 2003, '04 and '05 before Sweet Home won it last year.
Football games to be rebroadcast
All five Sectional final football games at Ralph Wilson Stadium this weekend will be rebroadcast by Time Warner Cable (Channel 13).
The Class AA game between Lancaster and Orchard Park will air Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at noon. In Class A, the Cheektowaga-Sweet Home game airs Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Class B game between Depew and East Aurora airs Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. The Class C game pitting Falconer against Cleveland Hill airs Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. The Class D game between Randolph and Portville will air Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m.