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High School Extra (Sept. 17): Iroquois field hockey unbeaten; North-South game ends in tie

Iroquois hockey 3-0

Senior Lindsay Ratka scored a pair of goals and freshman Samantha Marien, junior Haley Fonfara and junior Chantel Gauthier had single tallies for Iroquois (3-0) in a 5-0 ECIC field hockey victory Wednesday over visiting Hamburg, which had been undefeated.

“We seem to play very well against Hamburg,” said Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline. ”I think going from their turf field to our grass field affects them. The Hamburg goalie” Emily Imagna “was outstanding. … We could have had double figures if it weren’t for her. … She had 15 saves, easily.”

The Iroquois goals were the first Imagna has allowed this season.

The Chiefs have 11 juniors on the roster, many of whom received varsity experience last season.

“They play so well together and we’ve got some depth,” Tonsoline said.

North-South tie

Williamsville South (3-1-1 ECIC) and Williamsville North (2-1-1 ECIC) battled through regulation, 10 minutes of 7-on-7 play and a shootout but ended up in a 3-3 tie at South.

Mary Zells tied the game for South with 1:45 left after the visiting Spartans had moved in front on second-half goals by Mia Fournier and Clare Ahern (penalty stroke). Sophomore Jenna Woods had given the Billies a 1-0 lead with 5 minutes to go in the first half.

Neither side scored in the 7-on-7 play. Freshman Elisabeth Sidorski tallied for South in the shootout, but eighth-grader Emma Roland matched it for North.

Canisius Va.-bound

Canisius (9-0), a unanimous No. 1 pick in this week’s Western New York boys volleyball poll, opened its Monsignor Martin Association schedule with a three-set sweep at St. Mary’s of Lancaster.

It was a good test for the Crusaders before they head to the Endless Summer Tournament in Virginia Beach, Va., on Saturday.

“It’s always hard to go there and play,” Canisius coach Tom Weislo said of playing at St. Mary’s. “Their kids work hard and the home crowd always really supports them and gives them lots of energy.”

Chazz Palka and Devin Josyln had 11 kills each and Charley Desmond had 32 assists for Canisius.

No. 1 Clarence wins

No. 1 ranked Clarence (4-1, 4-0 ECIC I), playing at home, struck for the first of three goals by Sydney Cerza in the first minute and went on to an 8-2 girls soccer victory over No. 7 Lancaster.

Amanda Burns had a goal and two assists and Riley Bowers, Elena Patti and Liz Klos also scored for the Red Devils.

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