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High School Extra (Sept. 15): Will North, Pioneer field hockey win; Lu goals lift I-Prep

North, Pioneer win

Williamsville North kept Williamsville South’s All-Western New York scoring star Abby Ferenczy off the board but Leah Czerwinski came through with a first-half goal at the 27:24 mark, giving the No. 2 ranked Billies a 1-0 field hockey victory at North’s new turf field.

“It was a nice goal. She has good hands,” South coach Mary Ferenczy said of Czerwinski, who plays for the Williamsville ice hockey team in the winter.

North, the defending sectional Class A champion, had one last attempt to tie the game on a penalty corner just before time expired but South goalie Delaney Gillman was up to the task. Gillman had 10 saves in the busiest of her five shutouts in five games.

“I have to give a shout out to our senior sweeper, Sarah Luraschi, who had four defensive saves,” Mary Ferenczy said.

Elsewhere in field hockey, No. 1 ranked Pioneer received first half goals from Brittany Baker and Sidney Green, then held off host Clarence for a 2-1 victory.

“We’re definitely not a grass team,” said Pioneer coach Jana Landahl, whose team plays its home games on artificial turf. “Although we did have a little practice on grass, it’s not our forte.”

West Valley student Kelsey Chai, playing her sixth season at Pioneer, helped hold off the aggressive Red Devils in the second half.

“She was just outstanding. She controlled the entire flow of the game,” Landahl said. “Clarence is a fast-break team and we just stopped them.”

Lu goals lead I-Prep

All-Western New York standout Pa Lu scored three goals to lead International Prep at Grover over City Honors, 6-0, in D’Youville Cup League 1 play among Buffalo Public Schools boys soccer teams. Abdullah Hussein, Ahmed Hassoon and Khalid Mohamamed had the other goals for I-Prep.

Pa Lu had 13 goals and seven assists so far for I-Prep (5-1), which has shut out its last five opponents.

In girls soccer, freshman goalkeeper Alexis Grassl made 14 saves to lead Alden (3-1) to a 1-0 victory over defending ECIC IV champion Holland. It was the first loss in five games for Holland. Cailyn Bennett scored the winning goal, assisted by Maggie Arnold, with 9 minutes left.

Williamsville East, ranked No.3 in among WNY girls soccer large schools, had to work hard for a 5-4 ECIC II victory at previously undefeated Iroquois. Alex Bone had the game-winner in the 33rd minute. All-WNY star Marissa Birzon had two goals and an assist for the Flames. Birzon has seven goals and two assists on the season.

Clarence 3-0 in ECIC

Clarence (3-0, ECIC I) cleared one early season hurdle in its quest for another girls volleyball division championship, sweeping three sets from Orchard Park, 25-9, 25-16 and 25-22, handing the Quakers their first division loss. Senior Meghan Neelon led the Red Devils with 12 kills, 12 assists and 10 digs. Freshman libero Lexi McDonald had 18 digs and three aces.

“It’s only the second week of the season, but I’ll take 3-0,” said Clarence coach Mike Meyer.

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