Wageman rises to occasion
What a wake-up call Alayna Wageman got Monday morning.
The Williamsville North freshman goalie, who played junior varsity field hockey all season, was pressed into service for Monday afternoon's Section VI Class A semifinal at Amherst.
"I texted my captains at 8:30 this morning and told them to tell her that she needed to be ready to go," said coach Kris LaPaglia.
Wageman got the call when season-long starter, Jess Wess, had to be hospitalized in the morning with dehydration.
Wageman did more than show up. She led the Spartans to a 3-1 win over Orchard Park.
"She totally never expected to play. It's a shock when you've never faced varsity competition before," said LaPaglia. "She goes, 'I'm ready to do what I've got to do.' "
Allie Ahern had two goals and Emily O'Gorman had one as North scored all its goals off corner shots. Holly Flanigan had assists on all three goals.
North (16-1-1) advanced to Saturday's final back at Amherst against Hamburg, which it beat earlier this season, 3-1. It was the Bulldogs' only loss.
Hamburg shut out Clarence, 4-0, in its semifinal as Shelby Hall, Shannon Westfall, Kelsey Violanti and Meghan Smith scored for the Bulldogs (16-1-2). Kasey Schreiner had the shutout.
North is the defending champion. Hamburg (16-1-2) will compete for its first sectional title since 1982.
Clarence girls move on
Clarence enjoyed scoring from six different players and assists from five in a 7-0 win over West Seneca West in a Section VI Class AA girls soccer quarterfinal. Nicole Lauricella was the only multiple-goal scorer with two and Lisa Johnson had the shutout.
"That's kind of been the story of my team this year," said coach Tim Liffiton. "Obviously we have a leading scorer, but we've gotten goal scoring from multiple kids. We're playing good team defense and we all get involved on the offensive end. Today was a good reflection of that."
Tara Kiernan and Kayla Acklin had two goals each as Williamsville East eliminated Hamburg, 5-0, in a Class A quarterfinal. Jo Bochiechio had the shutout for the Flames (18-1-1).
East led, 2-0, at halftime.
East will host Starpoint (17-2-1) in Wednesday's semifinal. "They've had a very good year. It's the second year in a row that they've been very good," said East coach Chris Durr. "We haven't had the opportunity to play them before, so it should be a great game."