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High School Extra for September 9: Will South wins with goal in OT

South wins with goal in OT

Freshman Kaitlyn Gruber scored her second goal of the game in the second overtime, giving Williamsville South a 4-3 ECIC II girls soccer victory Tuesday over visiting Williamsville East.

It capped an uphill battle for South, which trailed 2-0 at halftime and 3-1. Gruber scored off a corner kick by Jamie Boyar for South’s first goal. Gabby Fogarty tallied on a direct kick to make it 3-1.

South finally tied it on a penalty kick by Boyar, a senior, after an East player was called for a hand-ball in the penalty area. It was the fifth goal of the season for Boyar.

The loss dropped East, the defending Section VI Class A champion, to 1-1 on the season.

“In the second half we started clicking on our passes and getting after it a little bit,” said South coach Kevin McNamara. “Games against East are always exciting because the kids know each other. It’s a great rivalry.”

In ECIC boys soccer, Noah Keem scored in the second overtime to give Sweet Home (3-1) a 2-1 victory over Hamburg. John Mason had the other goal for the Panthers. Justice Hoffmann tallied for Hamburg.

McArthur gets 400th win

Dale McArthur celebrated his 400th victory as coach of girls soccer at Allegany-Limestone Tuesday night with a salad and a cold drink at his kitchen at home. Not a wild celebration, but the long-time coach, 28 years leading the Gators, isn’t one to go overboard.

“Four-hundred wins,” he said. “That just means I’ve been at it a long time.”

McArthur reached the milestone with a 3-2 win over Ellicottville. Hallie Domes scored with 6:53 left in the second half to give A-L the win. Danielle Spring scored in the first half before Morgan Zlockie evened things for Ellicottville. Spring’s second goal of the game made it 2-1 early in the second half but Evie Cortez knotted it again.

McArthur’s record is now 400-96-33 and includes one state title (2002), “five or six” sectional and numerous league titles.