Akron stuns Barker
Considering Barker had a 114-game league unbeaten streak snapped Oct. 15, 2013, by Kenmore, one can forgive longtime Akron coach Mary Borden if she can’t remember the last time her Tigers beat the Raiders.
The records will show that for the first time in years, Akron got the better of its longtime nemesis as Sarah Schultz’s first-half goal proved to be the difference Thursday in a 1-0 Niagara-Orleans League triumph over the state power. It’s Barker’s first league loss since dropping a one-goal decision to Kenmore nearly two years ago.
“Our defense the first and second half was just exemplary,” Borden said. “I truly believe our 11 starters had their best games of the year.”
Schultz tipped in a blistering shot by Abby Stone at 18:38 of the first half for the game’s only goal. From that point on, Akron (5-0) shackled the Raiders (3-1-1) – holding them to just six shots and three penalty corners. Madison Krzykowski posted the shutout with six stops.
Another bites the dust
Hamburg feels a little disrespected these days but pollsters may have a hard time ignoring the Bulldogs if they keep earning boys soccer wins like Thursday night’s triumph.
Justus Hoffman scored his ECIC II-leading 12th goal, while Erik Szabala and Gabe Masterangelo also scored as unranked Hamburg surprised Williamsville East, 3-0.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-1-2 and own wins over Williamsville South, ranked sixth in Western New York and now the Flames, ranked fourth.
Wilson trailed 2-0 at halftime but scored four goals in the opening 15 minutes of the second half to take down Newfane, 4-3, in a Niagara-Orleans girls soccer clash between state-ranked teams in Class B. Jen Darlak scored twice for Wilson (7-0, 6-0), ranked seventh, while Emily Paterson and Leah Herman also scored. Newfane is 17th in the state.
Colleen O’Connor (Orchard Park) and Charles Hornberger (Canisius) have been selected as recipients of annual scholarship awards doled out by the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, in partnership with New Era. Both receive $2,500.
O’Connor, a standout soccer player, attends Dartmouth. Hornberger played soccer and ran track. He currently runs track at Nova Southeastern in Florida.
Zlockie nets milestone
Morgan Zlockie scored three goals and now has 100 for her career as Ellicottville beat Randolph, 5-2, in girls soccer.
In boys volleyball, Frontier earned a five-set win at Hamburg. Matt Buss had 18 kills and Ben Taylor 25 assists and three digs as the Falcons won 25-19, 25-23, 16-25, 25-27, 25-19