Newfane 7-0 in N-O soccer
Next week will be an important week for Newfane boys soccer, but the Panthers are sitting pretty right now in the Niagara-Orleans League standings.
Coach Sean McDonald’s team stayed unbeaten (7-0) in N -O with a 4-1 victory over visiting Wilson (3-2-1) on Monday with sophomore Trevor Moreland scoring three goals and assisting on the other by Bobby Heers.
Moreland leads Newfane in points with 10 goals and 12 assists although Chad Gilson leads with 13 goals.
Newfane got strong play in goal from Jeremy Ribbeck, who had seven saves and sophomore midfielder Clayton Cleveley.
“Cleveley had a lot of tackles and did a nice job controlling the field for us,” McDonald said.
Newfane’s return game at Wilson will be next Monday followed two days later by an encounter against second-place Medina on Oct. 7.
Hutch upsets I-Prep soccer
The first time Hutch-Tech faced International Prep/Grover this season in D’Youville Cup boys soccer, the Engineers were routed, 7-0. It was a different story Monday against a depleted I-Prep lineup in All High Stadium.
Sophomore Gloire Ndagano scored in the 75th minute and senior Alex Ward made eight saves in goal in a 1-0 upset, the first regular-season loss for I-Prep in two years.
“I have to say three or four of I-Prep’s top players were out of the game due to injuries,” said Hutch-Tech coach John Jakiel.
That said, Hutch is also a stronger team on the defensive side with the addition of two players -- Freshman Lian Hang Vung and senior Musse Musse -- who were not medically cleared to play the first time the Engineers and Presidents met.
“They’ve really made a difference,” said Jakiel, who was pleased to add a victory over I-Prep on top of his first-ever win over City Honors last week. “I hope it’s a sign of things to come. Next week we play Riverside, a good team that we also never have beaten.”
No. 2 ranked large school in boys soccer, Grand Island ran its overall record to 9-1-1 and 9-0-0 in the Niagara Frontier League with a 14-0 rout of North Tonawanda. Troy Brady had a seven-point game (four goals and three assists) and Joe Kulikowski (4-2) and Garrett Robinson (1-5) produced six points each for the Vikings.
Showdown ends in a tie
Pioneer (8-1-1) and Iroquois (7-0-1) played to a 3-3 overtime tie in their ECIC field hockey showdown on Monday in Yorkshire.
After goals by Ceriana Murcin, Brittany Baker and Morgan Tackentien had given Pioneer a 3-1 lead, the Chiefs got goals from Lindsay Ratka and Abby D’Amato in the last 8 1/2 minutes to force overtime. Chantel Gauthier scored for Iroquois early in the first half.
Neither side scored in the extra periods although Iroquois had two penalty corners. Each side got three goals in the five-player shootout.
“It was a typical Pioneer-Iroquois shootout. Standard for us,” said Pioneer coach Jana Landahl.
“Our kids didn’t quit after they fell behind two goals,” said Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline.
Elsewhere in ECIC field hockey, Abby Ferenczy scored both goals and Rachel Mackowiak made 10 saves for her fourth shutout of the season in Williamsville South’s 2-0 triumph over Clarence.
In other ECIC field hockey, Autumn D’Amico scored three minutes into overtime with an assist from Leah Rodgers to give Williamsville East a 3-2 victory over Eden.
Also, Jenny Robbins scored with two minutes left in overtime to give Hamburg a 3-2 win over Sweet Home. Robbins also had two assists.
Two more for Birzon
Junior Marissa Birzon added two more goals to her Williamsville East career scoring record and had a pair of assists in an 8-0 ECIC II girls soccer win at Sweet Home.
Birzon has 22 goals this season and 84 in her career. Ruby Zhang and Meredith Irving also had two goals each for East.
First-place Pioneer, ranked fifth in the Western New York Coaches Poll for large schools, increased its lead over Amherst in ECIC III with a 4-0 victory over the Tigers. Meghan Root had two goals and an assist and goalkeeper Erin Beyers had seven saves for the Panthers, the only unbeaten large school team in Section VI.
Wilson golf goes 14-0
The Wilson boys golf team completed a second straight 14-0 regular season in Niagara-Orleans dual matches with a 204-240 triumph over Roy-Hart at Willowbrook Golf Club. Connor Seeley and Ben Kelley each shot a 38 for the Lakemen in the final match before the All-League Tournament on Thursday at Willowbrook.