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High School Extra (Sept. 27): Williamsville South rallies for field hockey victory

Billies rally tops Clarence

“One goal at a time.” That’s what Williamsville South field hockey coach Mary Ferenczy urged her team to concentrate on after falling behind 2-0 in the first 15 minutes of Monday’s game at Clarence.

“If we get two goals, we’re going to win,” Ferenczy promised.

Sure enough, the second-ranked team in Western New York tied the game and won it on Leah Czerwinski’s second goal with just 28 seconds left. The victory and No. 1-ranked Pioneer’s 2-0 loss at Iroquois might push South up to the top spot in next week’s Coaches poll.

Czerwinski scored off a scrum in front of the net after senior Abby Ferenczy passed the ball into that area. Czerwinski also scored the tying goal with 6:42 left off a pretty pass on the wing from Abby Ferenczy.

Junior Makayla Stoness got South on the board with 12:58 left.

“It was her first goal of the season and it was a very important goal,” coach Ferenczy said.

Czerwinski had the assist.

In Elma, Haley Fonfara and Chantel Gauthier scored for Iroquois in the battle of the unbeaten teams.

Coach Pete Tonsoline’s Iroquois team was ranked No. 3 in the latest Western New York poll.

Sharks top Frontier

Nicole Grichen scored the winning goal for Sacred Heart in a 2-1 nonleague girls soccer victory over Frontier in Amherst. Taylor DiMarco also scored for the Sharks while assisting on the winning goal.

No. 1 Clarence wins in ECIC I

Clarence, ranked No. 1 among large schools in the latest WNY Coaches Poll for girls volleyball, swept three sets at Frontier (25-17, 25-20, 25-12) to go to 6-0 in ECIC I.

“Frontier is always a tough place to play,” said Clarence coach Michael Meyer. “They played good defense, but we got the win.”

Melissa Ratzel had nine kills while Emily Kuhn had seven kills and two blocks for the winners.

“Meghan Neelon continues to lead our team in kills, digs and aces and is the heart and soul of the team on the court,” Meyer said.

Lions spikers lead NFL

Lockport, which went 6-0 the first time around in Niagara Frontier League boys volleyball, got the back half of the schedule stated with a four-set victory at defending league champion Grand Island.

Treston White had 13 kills for the Lions, but coach Liz Smorol’s team, now 8-0 overall and 7-0 in the NFL, had several others contribute. Sophomore setter Sean Denniston had 10 digs and 20 assists; Marc Bixby had ll kills, 13 assists, 10 digs and 2 blocks; Rhees Perry had 12 digs and Zach Schneider had 16 kills and 4 digs.

No. 1 Vikings top Lew-Port

Lew-Port, ranked fifth among large schools in the boys soccer poll, took an unbeaten record into Monday’s Niagara Frontier League match against No. 1 ranked Grand Island. The Lancers learned that the Vikings’ ranking is deserved.

It was a 1-0 at halftime, before Grand Island (10-0, 8-0 NFL) broke away to win, 5-0.

Nemanja Simic score twice, Garrett Robinson had a goal and two assists, Lou Fabiano and John Griffin had single tallies.

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