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High School Extra (Oct. 27): Iroquois field hockey to try again for sectional title

Iroquois to try again

The heartbreak hasn’t lasted as long as the Chicago Cubs’ or Cleveland Indians’, but Iroquois has lost to Amherst by 1-0 scores in each of the last three Section VI Class B field hockey playoffs.

Coach Pete Tonsoline’s Chiefs will give it another try at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the championship game at Orchard Park. The opponent will be No. 2 seed Williamsville South.

“It’s not easy when you’re No. 1 and every opponent is out to get you,” Tonsoline said after Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Williamsville East.

Iroquois went into halftime locked in a 1-1 tie with the Flames. Senior Hayley Fonfara had the Chiefs’ goal in the first half. Junior wing Sam Gaglio scored her 15th of the season off a penalty corner 7 minutes into the second half for the go-ahead goal.

South defeated No. 3 seed Pioneer, 2-1, on Mary Zells’ goal three minutes before the half.

“Jenna Woods sent it across to Zells at the right post,” said South coach Mary Ferenczy. “It was beautiful teamwork.”

Leah Czerwinski also scored for the Billies. Delaney Gillman was busy in goal for South with 13 saves.

Akron-Barker again

Akron and Barker will reprise their 2015 Class C field hockey championship game – won by the Tigers, 3-1 – when they meet for the third time this season on Saturday at Orchard Park (3 p.m.). Barker will be seeking its 17th sectional title.

The Raiders triumphed over Wilson, 2-0, in their semifinal on Wednesday at Clarence. Ciara Gregoire scored off a scramble at 10:09 of the first half. Katrina Clare got the second goal, also in the first half with 10:25 left, off a penalty corner.

“It was well-executed,” said Barker coach Jeff Costello of Clare’s goal. “Jillian Moeller had the assist and Haley Brown and Grayce Weller were also involved.”

Akron (15-0) swept past No. 5 seed Eden, 2-0, on goals by senior Abby Enfield, her ninth of the season, and senior Heather Cummings, her team-high 17th. Madison Krzykowski, who has allowed only three goals all season, made two saves for the shutout.

Akron defeated Barker twice in the regular season.

North advances

Melanie Krysiak headed a shot over the Niagara-Wheatfield goalkeeper from 5 yards out off a free kick in the first half and Williamsville North held on for a 1-0 victory over Niagara-Wheatfield in the Class AA girls soccer semifinal at Depew.

Krysiak, a sophomore, scored after junior Maya Palmer chipped a free kick to her.

The No. 2 seed Spartans will face No. 1 Clarence for the AA championship at 6 p.m. on Monday at Depew.

Clarence defeated Frontier, 2-0, in the later semifinal at Depew on goals by Anna Davies in the first half and Gabe Loewer in the second. The backline of Cassie Bykowicz, Megan McCraith and Julia Darlak defended so well that goalkeeper Grace Fabian needed to make only one save.

North lost both games to Clarence in division play during the regular season.

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