It's that time of year when experience counts.
No. 3 seed Lockport beat visiting Lancaster, 2-1, in overtime on Friday in a Section VI Class AA quarterfinal boys soccer game. The game was reminiscent of last season's 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Orchard Park.
"Last year we won in a shootout with Orchard Park and a lot of those guys are juniors and seniors now," Lions coach Jeff Hulshoff said. "They knew what they had to do. It was just an intense game."
Lockport (14-3-2) netted the winning goal on a penalty kick. Matt McCoy got a pass down the side, he took it into the box, and was taken down by a Lancaster defender. He was awarded a penalty kick that he deposited into the lower right corner of the net.
Lancaster scored first when Jake Rinow headed the ball in on a breakaway.
Lockport answered with 38 seconds left in the first half on a goal from Andrew Granchelli. He was open in the middle of the box, got behind the defender and drove it into the net.
"It was bam-bam-bam. It was a really sweet goal," Hulshoff said. "That got us going. We had our chances. We hit a crossbar, hit a goalpost, but couldn't score [in the second half]."
Lockport defender Mark Senay stopped a couple of slow rollers from reaching the net. The shots were so close to scoring that Lancaster began to celebrate.
Elsewhere in Class AA, Nate Konitzer had the shutout as No. 1 seed Clarence improved to 19-0 with a 4-0 win over West Seneca West.
No. 2 seed Orchard Park picked up its seventh win in a row with a 9-0 victory over Frontier. OP jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first half. Sean Conway earned his sixth shutout for the Quakers (12-4-1).
Williamsville North advanced with a 2-0 win over North Tonawanda.
No. 1 seed Kenmore East survived a scare, beating No. 9 Amherst, 1-0. Casey Sheehan scored the game's only goal about 15 minutes into the second half. Goalkeeper James Quinn had five saves for the shutout.
Junior Zack Schwartz scored a pair of first-half goals as No. 3 Williamsville South edged Starpoint, 2-1. Rich Barrett scored Starpoint's goal three minutes into the second half.
"They outplayed us in the second half and we hung on," admitted South coach Peter Sugg. "Generally we don't do that. We just didn't play well. They came out in the second half, they're a good team, and we didn't respond."
Kevin Castine scored in the first half and Simon Park second in the second as No. 2 Williamsville East blanked Cheektowaga, 2-0. East (14-2-3) meets Williamsville South in Tuesday's semifinals. The teams split during the regular season, each teaming winning, 2-1.
Grover Cleveland beat Sweet Home, 6-3. Nick Cavalieri had a hat trick.