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High School Extra: City Honors’ Petrucci sets state soccer goal record

Petrucci is state’s best

Molly Petrucci of City Honors became the all-time leader in career soccer goals on Friday in the entire state of New York.

Petrucci scored four goals in an 8-1 win over Olmsted. That raised her total to 210, breaking the old mark of 208.

“It’s her sixth year on varsity,” coach Andrew McDermott said. “She’s just an assassin on the field. She finds the weakness in the other team. Molly’s also a leader on the field, absolutely a great captain in terms of total commitment on her part.

“She’s really paved the way for City Honors to have a solid team. It really ‘The House that Molly built.’ ”

Naturally, someone has to pass her the ball. Jenna Szopinski has done that beautifully over the years, and is the reigning assist leader. Emily Pyne teams up with Petrucci and Szopinski as well.

“The girls have worked in tandem,” McDermott said. “They’ve been together for four years.”

Big finish for Eden

The girls soccer game of the day might have been in Dunkirk, where Eden cut things pretty close in a 4-3 win over the Marauders.

“It was exciting – a little too close for my liking,” coach Kevin Witman said.

Morgan Keppler scored with five minutes to go in overtime to break a 3-3 tie. It was her third goal of the game.

“She is a junior this year,” Witman said. “She’s had seven of our nine goals this season.”

Busy for Panthers

The school year is still in its infancy, but Sweet Home has been in a hurry to see plenty of game action in boys soccer. The Panthers have been successful at it, too.

Sweet Home knocked off host Iroquois, 4-1, on Friday. That brings the Panthers’ record for the season to 4-1. Noah Keem had a goal and two assists for Sweet Home.

Off and running

Some of the runners in Saturday’s West Seneca Invitational cross country meet might want to take some notes as they travel through the 3.1-mile course at West Seneca’s Sunshine Park. The same course will be used for the Section VI championships on Nov. 6.

The event stretches over almost five hours in all, starting with the freshman/sophomore girls race at 10 a.m., and finishing with the large schools’ varsity boys race at 2:15 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 2:45 p.m.

Two athletes from East Aurora hold the course record, both set last year. Kenneth Vasbinder ran the 5 kilometers in 15:41.6. while Sophia Tasselmyer ran the course in 18:37.4.

Shooting blanks

There were four games on the ECIC field hockey schedule on Friday, and all featured shutouts.

Four different players scored for Clarence in a 4-0 win over Lancaster. Rachel Ferenzy had three goals and an assist for Williamsville South in its 5-0 romp over Sweet Home. Maddy McCarten had five saves in her shutout as West Seneca East blanked Starpoint, 3-0. Demi Jacobs recorded a shutout in Eden’s 3-0 win over Holland.

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