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High school extra (Oct. 15): Iroquois undefeated in field hockey

Iroquois wins battle of undefeateds

With an early goal from Mia D'Amato and two from Chantel Gauthier, Iroquois earned a 3-0 win over Williamsville South in the battle of the two topped ranked Class B field hockey teams.

"It was kind of a classic," Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline said. "We're long-time rivals. It was on our field so we had a little advantage but we know each other's styles very well."

D'Amato scored from the corner about 10 minutes into thte game. "I knew that wasn't enough," Tonosline said. "I know Will South can rally back, but our kids were playing solid. They were backing each othe rup incredibly well. We stalled their attack and they couldn't get anything going. The kids kept breaking up the play. They came out strong in the second half, getting momentum and pressuring us. But they didn't get a clear shot on net."

Gauthier scored late in the first half then scored on a penalty shot with about eight minutes left to seal the win and move Iroquois to 14-0. Williamsville South suffered its first loss falling to 13-1-1.

"All year we've had a great backup system," Tonsoline said. "If someone gets beat, someone's there. We're strong in the midfield with three seniors who know the game and have been with me three or four years as starters. They know the game. They have field knowledge. As a coach you love it."

Elsewhere, Sam Crane scored twice, including the game-winning goal, as Williamsville East defeated Orchard Park, 3-2. Williamsville East improved to 10-3-1.

Late goal lifts I-Prep

With about one minute left in regulation Abdullahi Hussein scored off a corner kick to give I-Prep/Grover Cleveland a 1-0 win over Clarence. It was the 15th straight win for the top-ranked small school after dropping its season opener, 3-2, to St. Joe's.

It was just the fifth goal Clarence (13-2-1) has given up all year. The Red Devils are the No. 2 ranked large school.

In other boys' soccer action, Jack Phillips scored for Orchard Park and Mike D'Amato recorded five saves for the Quakers in a 1-0 win over Williamsville North in an ECIC I matchup. Orchard Park moved to 10-4-2 overall, 7-4-2 in the league, with the win.

Newfane finishes undefeated

Mateo May scored on a rebound in overtime to give Newfane a 1-0 win over Maryvale in a non-league boys soccer match. The win gives the Panthers (16-0) an undefeated regular season.

"It's a great accomplishment," said Newfane coach Sean McDonnell. "They've been playing as a team and not for individual statistics. It's great to see. You want to head into playoffs on the right foot and continue to build off this confidence. But it's a whole other season now and we have to get back to work."

Eden wins in four

Perennial power Eden needed four sets but defeated rival Maryvale in an ECIC III boys volleyball matchup.

Gavin Musielak had 38 assists and Colin Rigley 20 kills as the Raiders improved to 10-0.

Eden took the first set, 25-19, but Maryvale came back for a 25-19 win in set two to even the match. The Raiders went on for wins of 25-17 and 25-19 to remain undefeated. It's the second time this season Eden has defeated the Flyers. They won in straight sets on Sept. 14.

Top performances for Will South

 

Gabbie Gare and Miranda Roberson took first-place finishes for Williamsville South in a meet with Williamsville North and Sweet Home.

Gare scored a 9.3 on the uneven bars while Roberson scored a 9.2 on the floor exercise. Williamsville South finished with a score of 145.50, followed by Williamsville North with 131.85 and Sweet Home with 110.10.

 

Zoe Kyriakopoulos of Williamsville North scored a 9.3 to win the balance beam. Kyriakopoulos is the defending Section VI all-around champion.

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